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Could living in a bad environment mimic bipolar disorder?

Could living in a bad environment mimic bipolar disorder?

It's possible: The answer would depend on the history of both the symptoms and the symptomatic individual's family. With regard to the former, if he/she was asymptomatic prior to exposure to the bad environment, it is possible that the two could be correlated. With regard to the latter, if there is a family history of bipolar or mood disorder, there might be something more going on than environmental influence. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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What is the best book about understanding and living with loved ones suffering from bipolar disorder?

What is the best book about understanding and living with loved ones suffering from bipolar disorder?

Several: There are several good ones. A few: "an unquiet mind" by jamison; "the bipolar disorder survival guide, second edition: what you and your family need to know" by miklowitz; and "when someone you love is bipolar: help and support for you and your partner" by cynthia last. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive : Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder ?

What is bipolar disorder ?

EVALUATE: Bd is a biochemical/phisiologic illness, generally long- lasting, generally with recurrent serious depression and/or very energized, ill considered and sometimes psychotic behavior. The DX is made too casually these days, based on an episode of angry behavior and DX should be made ; confirmed with an expert. Treatment is generally manditory to manage. ...Read more

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What causes bipolar disorder?

What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment. There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters. ...Read more

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Have bipolar disorder a test?

Have bipolar disorder a test?

History: No lab or radiologic test, nor physical exam, can test for bipolar. Perhaps one day as there are strong indications it is a brain condition with a genetic background. But for now, it's a patient's history of modd changes, cognition and behavior that makes the diagnosis. In truth, this method works quite well, having been refined since antiquity. ...Read more

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Do I have a bipolar disorder?

Do I have a bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can kids get bipolar disorder?

Can kids get bipolar disorder?

Yes: While unusual, children can develop symptoms of bipolar disorder in childhood. While most individuals develop symptoms of bipolar disorder in adolescence or early adulthood, a small number do get it as young as 8 years old. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more