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Are there any conditions opposite of bipolar (where mood rarely fluctuates)? If so, what are the full set of symptoms?
Flat Affect?: Flat affect: the absence or near absence of emotional response to a situation that normally elicits emotion. It is observed in schizophrenia and some depressive disorders. There can be many reasons a person does not exhibit normal mood fluctuations. Anyone exhibiting flat affect should be seen by a licensed therapist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes. ...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
I'm a kind, respectful person that's fairly calm. But I've noticed triggers that set me off into the opposite. Can't seem to stop this. Am I bipolar?
Bipolar?: Probably not, but a mental health professional visit can set your mind at ease. More likely this has to do with fatigue, something on your mind, or the topic that sets you off. Congratulations on recognizing your triggers. Now you can create some strategies to deal with them, perhaps through a psychologist. ...Read more
Changing Moods: Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depressive disorder, is a mood disorder where an individual experiences at least one major depressive episode and one manic episode. The number, frequency, duration, and intensity of these episodes is highly variable from individual to individual. Check out the following web site for more info: www. Nimh. Nih. Com/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index. Shtml. ...Read more
Is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state.
Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis.
When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, ...Read more
No: Everyone has mood swings, but bipolar disorder is a diagnosable disorder with extreme mood swings quantitatively and qualitatively different from the norm. When terms such as depression, mania, bipolar, schizo, crazy, etc are used inappropriately or in a derogatory manner, it adds to the stigma of mental illness which may lead to failure to seek treatment, non-compliance, and even suicide. ...Read more
Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read more
Parental expectation: In addition to the "genetic" component and imbalanced chemicals in the brain, some bipolar patients had parents who had unrealistic expectations of them and "broke their hearts" by appearing to love them more for what they could accomplish than for who they were. "conditional love" hurts and sometimes the price paid by the often talented child will be difficulty following through on "achieving.". ...Read more
Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more
Bd is a biochemical/phisiologic illness, generally long-
lasting, generally with recurrent serious depression and/or very
energized, ill considered
and sometimes psychotic behavior. The DX is made too casually these days, based on an episode of angry behavior and DX should be made ; confirmed with an expert. Treatment is generally manditory to manage. ...Read more
When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity & even psychosis.
When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, change in appetite, poor self est ...Read more
So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment.
There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters. ...Read more
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
Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read more
Can lead to definitive diagnosis. When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis.
When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, . ...Read more
It is not clear if you are asking for yourself or a relative.
At age 17, you are unlikely to have Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar Disorder has Manic episodes and Depressive episodes, at times alternating, and affecting functioning.
Using Cocaine and Amphetamines can bring high mood state and while coming down- depressed state.
See a Psychiatrist for yourself or family member for Diagnosis and Therapy. ...Read more
Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis.
When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helpless. ...Read more
Genetics: Bipolar disorder has been found to have some hereditary basis. This doesn't mean that there is a 100% chance that the offsoring of someone with bipolar d/o will enx up with it as well, but rather there is more likelihood as compared to the general population. I believe bipolar d/ o is now the 2nd highezt of mental d/o, being surpassed by adhd. ...Read more
Meds and therapy: Mood stabilizers such as depakote or lithium to decrease the extreme intensity of mood swings, combined with therapy from a psychotherapist who specializes in bipolar disorder would be the most optimal approach. Don't medicate yourself. Ask for appropriate referrals for help that works for YOU. ...Read more
Probably not: Bipolar disorder seems to involve a combination of a certain genetic predisposition and stressors and life experiences. If you have not tendency to bipolar you are not going to become bipolar. On the other hand, if you have a some of the genes and have a stressful event, or a period with very disruptive sleep, that could trigger an episode. ...Read more
Check to see if you:
Have sx's. If yes, obtain psychiatric evaluation. When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis.
When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, . ...Read more
Complex answer: It sort of depends on your starting point. Is your husband bipolar and he's not acknowledging the diagnosis-hasn't been evaluated yet-isn't yet under an md's care? Or is he already in treatment but needs some encouragement from you because he's not feeling better? If he's not yet in treatment, self-help reading, support groups and referral to an md are 1st steps. If he is, then your support is key. ...Read more
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
Ups and downs: Bipolar disorder means you have mood dysregulation. Atleast once in your life you will experience a manic episode which is atleast one week of symptoms which include but are not limited to:rapid speech, impulsive behavior, flight of ideas, no sleep without feeling tired, in addition, you may have symptoms of major depression which includes depressed mood, lack of energy, hopelessness. ...Read more