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I'm still nursing my 21 month old son. Can i start taking lithium for bipolar disorder?

I'm still nursing my 21 month old son. Can i start taking lithium for bipolar disorder?

No. : First, it's great that you have breastfed your son for so long. He won't lose any of the benefits of breastfeeding if you stop now, which you should do before starting to take lithium. Good luck. ...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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Can you name actual, possible and risk nursing diagnosis for clients with Crohn's disease?

In 400 characters or: less? I think you will need to do your own homework on this. ...Read more

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I want to know what neurological analysis is necessary for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

I want to know what neurological analysis is necessary for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

None usually: Bipolar disorder is a clinical diagnosis, meaning there is no purely objective test or analysis used in diagnosis. On the other hand, an astute psychiatrist will always be vigilant for the potential of bipolar disorder symptoms being caused by a medical disorder such as hyperthyroidism, focal brain lesions (rare), certain medications like weight-loss medications, etc. ...Read more

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What are some nursing diagnoses for cerebrovascular disease?

What are some nursing diagnoses for cerebrovascular disease?

Same as for MDs: Nurses use the same "playbook" as doctors. It would not make sense for nurses to refer to the same conditions by different names as do physicians. In fact, one of the major outcomes of the flexner commission in modernizing and unifying medical education. ...Read more

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Is it possible to prove a diagnosis of mania or bipolar disorder?

Prove To Who?: Mania is a cluster of symptoms that occur over seven days (or less if hospitalization or incarceration is required). You cannot prove that the mania was not drug induced but if a drug test and thyroid function is normal and there was no head trauma it is widely accepted to be a bipolar mania. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Cyclothymic : Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder often ignored. Current evidence indicates that cyclothymic disorder is a prevalent and highly impairing disorder on the bipolar spectrum. In fact perugi et al 2011 found impulsivity could be associated with comorbidity with cyclothymia. Impulsivity often can lead to drug addiction, job loss, loss of relationship and impaired judgement. ...Read more

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I am almost sure that I have a bipolar disorder & my depression & anger is ruining my life. Where can I go for diagnosis & treatment? In baltimore, md

Many psychiatrists: There are many excellent private psychiatrists in baltimore md. Also you can go to the department of psychiatry at johns hopkins school of medicine. ...Read more

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What can cause bipolar disorder?

What can cause bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: As with many medical conditions the causes of bipolar disorder are not fully know. It is believed they are polygenetic, with multiple genes interacting resulting in some degree of vulnerability or resistance to the condition. This biology then interacts with environmental factors, both positive and negative which can have different effects based upon when in life or how many/often they occur. ...Read more

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How can you cure bipolar disorder?

There is no cure. : There is no cure for bipolar disorder. Medications help to control it and improve quality of life. There are no medications which can cure it. ...Read more

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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