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Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Is bipolar II disorder serious?

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

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 definition or description of: bipolar II disorder?

What is the definition or description of: bipolar II disorder?

Bipolar II Disorder: Bipolar ii disorder is a mood disorder. It is characterized by a pattern of depressive episodes shifting back and forth with hypomanic episodes -- but no full-blown manic or mixed episodes. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me the major differences between bipolar and bipolar II disorder?

Can you explain to me the major differences between bipolar and bipolar II disorder?

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

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What criteria are there for "depressed bipolar II disorder?

What criteria are there for "depressed bipolar II disorder?

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

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Can stress trigger bipolar II disorder?

Can stress trigger bipolar II disorder?

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

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Bipolar II disorder or BPD...how can I tell the difference?

Bipolar II disorder or BPD...how can I tell the difference?

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

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Could the herbs in shakeology aggravate my bipolar II disorder?

Could the herbs in shakeology aggravate my bipolar II disorder?

They should not: have any adverse effect on a mood disorder. The herbs in Shakeology are all phytonutrients and antiioxidants, safe for anyone when used as directed. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence of the effectivity of Lamictal in the treatment for Bipolar II disorder?

Yes: It is the only drug other than lithium w/ successful research findings and even it has conflicting other results. Read here: http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-2-disorder?page=2
Some clearly find it helpful - so be optimistic and give it a fair trial. ...Read more

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Any recent news on treatment for bipolar II disorder?

Any recent news on treatment for bipolar II disorder?

Mood stabilizers: Nothing recent of particular note. Mood stabilizers are used to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium and depakote would be two examples of mood stabilizers but there are others, depending on symptoms, and depending on what works for the patient. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar II disorder and teen moodiness?

What's the difference between bipolar II disorder and teen moodiness?

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

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Connection between bipolar II disorder and migraine headaches.? I did not have migraines prior to starting meds, now they're several time month.

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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What's the difference between gad and bipolar 2 disorder?

What's the difference between gad and bipolar 2 disorder?

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

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I have bipolar 2 disorder. What's the difference between that and bipolar 1?

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 more

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How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

Mania: Patients with bipolar 11 disorder do not have full blown mania. They have symptoms that resemble mania but do not reach the threshold for mania. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar 2 disorder, what are the odds that my children will inherit bipolar disorder?

What to do if I have bipolar 2 disorder, what are the odds that my children will inherit bipolar disorder?

A Chance: Children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are four to six times more likely to develop the illness compared to children who do not. ...Read more

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I want to have triple chronotherapy for bipolar 2 disorder. I am having a difficult time finding a dr who does this therapy. HELP!!!!

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

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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?

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

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My psychiatrists differ in diagnoses: bipolar II with gen. Anx disorder, ptsd plus panic - or plain vanilla depression only. Who do I believe?

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

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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.

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

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I take Depakote for my bipolar 2 disorder will taking a mix of creatine and arginine have any side effects?

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

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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)?

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 disorder.: Carbmazepine is also a 'mood stablizer' and it is effective in this disorder. Some times antipsychotics such as abilify, (aripiprazole) risperdol and others may need to be added. ...Read more

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Bipolar 2 disorder. Extreme anxiety bad sleep cycles. On wellbutrin, topamax, abilify, (aripiprazole) clozazepam , temazepam , zopliclone ? What now?

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

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What are the symptoms of bipolar ii?

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

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How do you know if you have bipolar ii?

How do you know if you have bipolar ii?

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

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Could bipolar II progress to bipolar i ?

Could bipolar II progress to bipolar i ?

Bipolar Spectrum D/O: An individual who initially experiences symptoms which are consistent with a Bipolar II Disorder may later exhibit more severe symptoms warranting a bipolar I Disorder diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Grieco
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Bipolar Ii Disorder (Definition)

Bipolar ii disorder is a mood disorder. It is characterized by a pattern of depressive episodes shifting back and forth with hypomanic episodes -- but no full-blown ...Read more


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