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Medicine For Bipolar Ii Disorder
Yes, but treatable.: Yes, it is a serious condition and evidence shows that it can be just as debilitating as bipolar i disorder. It is, however, treatable by a qualified psychiatrist. Patients can live productive happy lives with the correct course of treatment. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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
Mania vs hypo mania: Both usually have depressive episodes. Bipolar 1 includes manic episodes and bipolar 2 hypo mania. Hypo mania may include decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem and increased productivity and sometimes irritability. Mania often leads to psychosis, severe relationship, financial, or even legal problems and often requires hospitalization. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Criteria: The criteria for bipolar ii indicates that you have a history of at least one hypomanic episode (not manic). You must also have had at least one or more major depressive episodes. These episodes can impair your ability to function. Bipolar i is usually more debilitating than bipolar ii. ...Read more
Not by itself: Our current understanding is that bipolar disorder (type 1 or 2) is essentially inbred, i.e., not caused by life stress or emotional trauma. But various stresses can trigger an episode in someone prone to it. These stresses can include drugs (stimulants, antidepressants), sleep deprivation, severe interpersonal stress, traumatic situations like combat, and so on. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Either-possibly both: You're raising a difficult question, in part, because both can be present and you may need the help of a professional to sort it out. But, in very general terms, BPD mood swings tend to come on suddenly, last for a period of hours (rather than days/weeks), and often clearly in response to a perceived abandonment. Bipolar patients often say their moods make no sense to them, but can't control them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: Mood changes in bipolar disorder tend to occur without cause or are a exaggerated response to an event. The individual tends to expresses frustration with them selves, often saying "i don't know why i react this way. Moodiness in teens tends to be persistent and is related to events. Moodiness can also be depression. The best thing to do is to consult with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Connection between bipolar II disorder and migraine headaches.? I did not have migraines prior to starting meds, now they're several time month.
No connection: Sometimes medicines can cause headaches, especially if you use them regularly. Often, if you stop taking the medicine your headache will go away. If you concerned that your headache is caused by a pill, talk with your doctor about your side effects. Do not stop taking the medicine until you have spoken with your doctor. ...Read more
What effects can I expect if I go off an antidepressant & start taking a mood stabilizer for bipolar II disorder, but I am really not bipolar?
Antidepresant effect: Some mood stabilzers actually have some degree of antideressant effect. In fact, some of these meds are used to treat non-bipolar depression, such as abilify. Lithium is sometimes used as an add on for treatement resistant depression. Other meds used as mood stabilizers may have antidepresant effect , such as geodon, (ziprasidone) seroquel, Lamictal and others. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does the DSM-V acknowledge mixed episodes in bipolar II disorder? My mood shifts: depression, hypomania, mixed episodes but no mania is this BPI or II
This distinction may: Be understood & applied to ur case on talking w ur MD. In very basic terms, what distinguishes bipolar I from bipolar II is presence of mania, as opposed to hypomania only. Some sxs are severe enough that they only occur in Bipolar I or mixed episodes including delusions, sxs, necessitating immediate hospitalization, catatonic sxs. Talk with ur md abt ur case specifically for best dx & care! :) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different conditions: Gad is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive worry and associated symptoms such as headache, insomnia, stomach upset, etc... Bipolar disorder type ii is a disorder of mood characterized by episodes of hypomania with elevated mood, excessive energy, reduced need for sleep but preservation of usual daily function. As well as episodes of major depression with sad mood, lack of joy, insomni. ...Read more
Hypo mania vs mania: Both usually have depression. Bipolar1 includes mania. Bipolar 2 includes hypo mania. Hypo mania is less severe, but still can have consequences due to impulsivity. Consequences are much more severe with mania. See my other answers for additional details. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What to do if I have bipolar 2 disorder, what are the odds that my children will inherit bipolar disorder?
I want to have triple chronotherapy for bipolar 2 disorder. I am having a difficult time finding a dr who does this therapy. HELP!!!!
Complementary: Complementary therapies are usually done by alternative providers. How ever you learned about this method may give you a way to connect with a provider. I would continue any standard medications or treatments you are currently on. Tell your doctor that you are looking for this therapy. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder and bipolar 2 disorder. How is this possible. Never heard of people having both?
BPD/BP2: Both BPD/BP2 can-be and are diagnosed in the same person. ...Read more
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