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Manic Depression Vs Bipolar Disorder
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Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
It's the old name: By definition and according to what is called the diagnostic manual, a person may fulfill the criteria for bipolar disorder and never been depressed a day in their lives. That is why "manic-depression, " is the old name and is confusing. A person may have only ever had a manic episode (or a mixed episode), but still be considered as having bipolar disorder. Many with bipolar d/o do have depression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The decade's DSM: About a century ago it all began and much is the same, but for boundary lines. Few use the M-D term now but otherwise the differences are hard to lock in. Some BPs only show depression, but varying sorts of elevated periods can be there and they can be just very active or irritably violent. Extremely intense episodes come close to, or are, a psychosis. Good treatment (Therapy+) really helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good reasons: Here is a complete answer to your question: http://bipolar.About.Com/od/definingbipolardisorder/a/manic_depression_changes_names.Htm. Manic – depression was used to describe many types of conditions, not just those falling under the bipolar spectrum disorder umbrella. It was a stigmatizing label. The diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorders are sharply defined & the term is less pejorative. ...Read more
What medication is prescribed to bipolar disorder/manic depression? What are the effects of the medication? How does it make you better?
Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. For individual med > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
St johns wort for bipolar disorder? More depression episodes than manic...Nothing severe, will st johns wort be ok?
Go see your doctor: St john's wort is not effective in major depressive disorder although it may be fine in mild. However, in bipolar disorder, there is concern that it might bring out mania. Furthermore, st john's wort interacts & interferes w/many other meds so it's important that you always tell your doc everything that you're taking. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effective is lamictal for bipolar disorder? What is typical dose for bipolar? Is it sometimes also used just for depression without mania?
Good medicine: In my practice, i regularly prescribe both topiramate and lamotrigene for bipolar disorder. I have found each to be very effective when taken at full, therapeutic doses. Again, in my practice, I have found that 100-200mgs twice daily is an effective dose range. I have used it occasionally for recurrent depression without mania. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you have bipolar disorder (manic depression), then gradually become more and more depressed, until it just becomes unipolar (depression)?
That is not quite: How it works. A person with bipolar disorder has periods of markedly ^ energy, ^ impulsivity, elated or irritable mood as well as separate periods of low mood & energy. (a mixed state is also possible).However, I have seen bipolar individuals who over the years, developed one long, chronic depressive episode. Their manic or hypomanic episodes can sort of die out over time. But it is still >>. ...Read more
Psychiatrist diagnosed me w/ Bipolar Disorder, but won't say which 1. Have frequent severe mania, mild depression & mixed episodes. Which BPD is it?
Bipolar Disorder: If you actually have severe mania plus depressive episodes and not just hypomania - you may have Bipolar 1 Disorder. I would sit down with your psychiatrist to find out if the type of bipolar disorder has actually been delineated yet. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does it sound like i'm suffering from bipolar disorder (manic depression)? I often have sudden, and random shifts in my mood. Sometimes i'm fine, sometimes i'm absolutely irritable and just angry at the world. Then there are times that I am so ridiculousl
Hello, : Hello, dr. Kardener made good points. I don't know if you have bipolar disorder. Your symptoms could be consistent with bipolar disorder but borderline personality disorder or unipolar agitated depression can present similarly. The recommendation for a mood stabilizer is spot on. I agree with a referral to a psychiatrist if you are not already seeing one. Unless you see a psychiatrist who also does therapy; would recommend that you also work with a therapist. With the right treatment, would anticipate that you will start seeing improvment. If you are seriously contemplating suicide please get help right away. Having a plan or urges to follow through on it should definately prompt immediate care. Take care and don't give up hope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?
Variable: Some of the medications used as mood stabilizers (eg seroquel) can be quite sedating which may be of benefit for mania when someone may have a decreased need for sleep. Other mood stabilizers are usually not sedating (eg Abilify (aripiprazole) and lamictal). Others may be sedating for some individuals and not for others (eg lithium, depakote, trileptal, tegretol, or topomax). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Does a depressive state always come right after a manic state in bipolar disorder? Is there an in-between period?
Mania: Yes, in many of my patients it is very effective in treating both symptoms of bipolar.Best. ...Read more
Is topomax being used for bipolar disorder currently(off label)...Would it treat the manic or depressive phase? Has anyone had luck with it?
Topamax (topiramate): Topamax (topiramate) has been used off label to reduce the severity of both high and low mood swings . It's important to get baseline blood work and serum levels as u go forward. Remember that many meds take 4-6 wks to get to therapeutic levels. Be patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mood: They are related in that they are both mood disorders. In other words, both affect emotions or moods. Treatment, however, is different in terms of medication. Bipolar usually requires a mood stabilizer; whereas, depression is usually treated with an antidepressant. Some times an antidepressant is added to a mood stabilizer, but it's uncommon for bipolar to be treated solely with an antidepressan. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes, technically but: Sometimes they are confused one with the other. When depression resists all antidepressant medication one has to think bipolar disorder, since in bipolar disorder individuals antidepressant meds often aggravate it. Major depression can evolve into bipolar disorder. Rarely bipolar can become major depression. Depression gets depression meds, bipolar - mood stabilizers & sometimes depression meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get professional: Help. Encourage you to work with a psychologist and a psychiatrist who have experience in dealing with bipolar spectrum disorders. ...Read more
Terminology: There are a number of conditions that fall under the spectrum of bipolar disorder. Essentially, bipolar disorder encompasses periods of low energy, low mood and other impairments (depression) as well as periods of high energy & increased mood (mania or hypomania). The term bipolar depression is referring to only the depressive cycle that is part of a bipolar disorder. ...Read more
BPD = general term: There are several kinds of bipolar disorder. Bipolar depression is the depressed phase of the two extreme poles. All people have moods, however, normally the variation is not extreme. To be labelled bipolar, a person needs to have had at least one past manic episode.A website, www.Bipolar.Com is a good reference for more specific distinctions between the different variations of bpd. ...Read more
Evaluation: To get an accurate diagnosis you need to see your doctor. They may order blood tests to rule out any underlying medical illnesses that could be causing your symptoms (i.e. Thyroid disease). Once all medical reasons are ruled out, then a mental health evaluation of your symptoms can help clarify a diagnosis for accurate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolarvs Depression: Actually, according to the criteria used, one may have only ever had manic moods, or mania, and qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That is why the term manic-depression is confusing. One may never have been depressed at any time, and still have bipolar disorder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The severe depression is one of the two poles in bipolar disorder. The other end of the pole is mania or hypomania (when someone might be elated, agitated, impulsive, with high energy level & ^ productivity). A person may vacilate between depressed and manic/ hypomanic periods. They may have normal periods in between (or not). Mixed mood is also possible. ...Read more
No, depends: If you are in the depths of depression, or spinning in a manic episode when your IQ is tested, you won't score as well as you ordinarily would. That said, depression & bipolar patients tend to be brighter than average. Interesting question. Why do you ask? ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It can be kind of: Tricky. If the person has not yet experienced an episode of mania or hypomania, then it would not be possible diagnosis them with a bipolar depression at that time. It would usually be assumed that it was unipolar depression. However once either mania or hypomania has occurred than the diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be made. ...Read more
Screeners only: The "testing" is only usefully when combined with a clinical exam and evaluation. If you're having that impulse, there likely reasons for it and I'd encourage you to request referral either from your PCP or, if still in school, school guidance office. ...Read more
Manic episode: A person has to have had a manic episode to be considered to have a bipolar disorder. A person has to meet criteria for major depression to have that condition and they would not have had a manic episode. Both conditions are treatable although the treatment is somewhat different. ...Read more
Not exactly: It's certainly possible for someone with bipolar disorder to be depressed, and the symptoms of the current episode could be very like major depression. However, because bipolar disorder also includes episodes of mania or hypomania, the depression would be part of ongoing bipolar disorder rather than a separate disorder. Treatment is different also, as mood stabilizing medications are needed. ...Read more
Eval and therapy: Get a full psychiatric evaluation first to determine the severity of symptoms and whether or not meds are warranted, then find a reputable psychotherapist to explore what depression and bipolar disorder mean to you, how they impact you, their history, and how these symptoms and/or any others can be better dealt with. ...Read more
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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