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Is it possible to treat a mild bipolar disorder with only psychotherapy and no medication?

Is it possible to treat a mild bipolar disorder with only psychotherapy and no medication?

Maybe: It's difficult to know what you consider mild. Each person has a different perspective. From my point of view, as a physician, I am interested in the most effective treatment, not any one particular treatment. About half of my practice is psychotherapy, and yet i can't think of a single bipolar patient for whom i would recommend only psychotherapy. Please seek the best treatment for yourself. ...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, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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How does one balance both ADHD and mild bipolar disorder? Currently I am taking Abilify (aripiprazole) and Adderall and things seem to be stable for about 5 months.

How does one balance both ADHD and mild bipolar disorder? Currently I am taking  Abilify (aripiprazole) and Adderall and things seem to be stable for about 5 months.

Great: It sounds like you figured out the balance already! your medications are commonly prescribed to help people with the issues you are concerned about. Continuing on your medications and talk to a therapist or your doctor if you hit any snags in the future. Help is always available! cheers to your mental health! ...Read more

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How do I tell my mother that i believe i may suffer from moderate depression and mild bipolar disorder?

How do I tell my mother that i believe i may suffer from moderate depression and mild bipolar disorder?

Honestly: Be candid with her. It is helpful if you can tell her some of your specific symptoms. If you are a minor, ask her to arrange an appointment with your physician. After evaluation, your physician may recommend referral to a psychologist and /or a psychiatrist. It is best to be candid. Let your parents know immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

Get evaluated: See your mental health provider to get evaluated. A series of questions and behavior observations and if needed a psychological evaluation will help them make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the diagnostic tests for bipolar disorder ?

Can you tell me the diagnostic tests for bipolar disorder ?

No particular test: There is no one particular test for bipolar disorder. The diagnosis is made by taking a detailed symptom history from you and sometimes establishing the presence of other signs as well, and ruling out any other medical conditions that may be contributing to the symptoms. ...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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What is the best free, online, quick bipolar disorder test?

Bipolar Test: Anyone who may have bipolar disorder should be formally evaluated by a psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist. This is not a disorder that is easily diagnosed, and the risk of going undiagnosed is too great, as untreated bipolar disorder can have catastrophic effects (due to impulsivity, suicide risk, etc.) upon virtually every aspect of one's life. Medication treatment is usually a necessity. ...Read more

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Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Diagnosis of: Bipolar disorder, as with other psychiatric conditions, involves an evaluation by a skilled clinician who conducts a history of person's current & past symptoms (psychiatric & medical), life experiences, family history, & assesses current mental functioning (mental status exam), & considers various criteria (symptom guidelines) in arriving at possible diagnoses. See comment below for more details. ...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