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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 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
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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
Yes: Rexulti is very good for the depressive part of Bipolar or Major Depression. ...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 more
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 more
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
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 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
I have bipolar 2 disorder. When I'm in hypomania state I always believe I'm some super genius person like Ablert Einstien. Would that be a delusion?
Technically, yes: Yes, specifically a "delusion of grandeur," meaning the false idea that you're vastly more special or amazing than is rational. Delusions can also be classified as bizarre (aliens live in your basement and steal your cheese), or non-bizarre (you are an incredibly gifted singer). Were you actually seeing or hearing aliens stealing your cheese, that, rather, would be a hallucination. ...Read more
Are behavioral side effects possible (irritability, anger, etc) on 200 mg of lamictal for bipolar ii? Is this possible on such a non-activating drug?
Uncommon, but yes: Yes, this is possible, if uncommon. Make sure you discuss with your prescriber, who will want to check blood levels. ...Read more
My psychiatrists differ in diagnoses: bipolar II with gen. Anx disorder, ptsd plus panic - or plain vanilla depression only. Who do I believe?
Collaboration: Collaboration between providers who render care to the same patients is important for the safe practice of medicine. Ensure that your physicians/ providers have releases to discuss your case. Cement this with a verbal request that they discuss your diagnosis & your treatment plan. ...Read more
Gi workup=no ibd/celiac. Pain, bloody stool, fevers persist. Fingers clubbing. Bipolar ii; 2 yr sober; mentally doing great, but could physical problems be somatiform disorder? Sick of feeling sick.
Unlikely but...: Possibly, but just because your docs haven't found the cause does not mean it's all in your head. It's not unusual for docs to have difficulty finding the cause of GI problems. You may well have food sensitivities (most with gluten sensitivity don't have celiac) ;/or parasites- common ; not easy to diagnose. You might have overgrowth of unfriendly flora- again hard to diagnose. See my comment:. ...Read more
I take Depakote for my bipolar 2 disorder will taking a mix of creatine and arginine have any side effects?
Why: Not sure why you would be taking arginine and creatine. Frolic acid and omega 3 supplementation are helpful. Any combination of medications prescribed or otc should be used with caution. Make sure you tell your doctor about all therapeutic substances you are taking so they can help monitor your mood and/or control of seizures depending on why you are taking depakote. ...Read more
Hello, I have been prescribed carbamazepine to treat a bipolar 2 disorder. Is this sensible (i thought it was for epilepsy, ADHD or b1 disorder)?
Bipolar 2 disorder. Extreme anxiety bad sleep cycles. On wellbutrin, topamax, abilify, (aripiprazole) clozazepam , temazepam , zopliclone ? What now?
Options: There are other options for your bipolar 2 condition. Wellbutrin won't help anxiety, and may stimulate it in some. Topomax is not a particularly robust mood stabilizer, but does work for some (apparently not you?). Seroquel may help this, anxiety, and your sleep issues. Latuda (lurasidone) is another option. Hoping you're working with a psychiatrist as you try these various medications -- psychotherapy too! ...Read more
Mood instability and: Swings from depressive symptoms sleep problems and loss of drive, energy and motivation to bouts of elevated moods that may be a little more productive & are accompanied by agitation and insomnia. If the elevated periods (hypo-mania) become mania the disorder is then from that point on said to be type i bipolar disorder. Generally the periods of hypo-mania in bipolar ii are not necessarily happy. ...Read more
See your doctor: If you have bipolar II disorder, you will experience severe depression and a less severe form of mania known as hypomania. Your doctor will review your history and current concerns to determine if you are having an episode of hypomania or if you’ve had one in the past and if your symptoms are causing significant problems in any part of your life such as your family life, your social life, work etc. ...Read more