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Are there any conditions opposite of bipolar (where mood rarely fluctuates)? If so, what are the full set of symptoms?

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

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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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

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How would you know if you'r bipolar?

How would you know if you'r bipolar?

See a psychiatrist: You should not try to diagnose your own psychiatric problems, please see a professional. The fact that you are worried is plenty of cause for you to seek medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is bipolar?

What is bipolar?

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

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What is bipolar?

What is bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder: 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

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Are we all bipolar?

Are we all bipolar?

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

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I think I got Bipolar?

I think I got Bipolar?

See below: If you think you have any of the symptoms of a bipolar disorder, it would be good to be to get yourself evaluated by a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

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

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How do you treat bipolar?

How do you treat bipolar?

Treatment: Bipolar disorder is usually treated with combination therapy to include family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and medications such as atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers or antidepressants. Inpatient hospitalization is sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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Bipolar is caused by what?

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

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What the signs of bipolar?

What the signs of bipolar?

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

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

EVALUATE: 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

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How do I know I'm bipolar?

How do I know I'm bipolar?

Get eval: 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

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What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: 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

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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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Do I have a bipolar disorder?

Do I have a bipolar disorder?

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

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How do I know if I'm bipolar?

How do I know if I'm bipolar?

Psychiatric eval: 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

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What are the signs of bipolar?

What are the signs of bipolar?

Large mood swings,: Racing thoughts, increased irritability, grandiosity, increased multi-tasking, decreased need for sleep, increased sexual acting out, irresponsible spending, and increased impulsivity. Mood stabilizing medications such as lithium work well. ...Read more

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Can kids get bipolar disorder?

Can kids get bipolar disorder?

Yes: While unusual, children can develop symptoms of bipolar disorder in childhood. While most individuals develop symptoms of bipolar
disorder in adolescence or early adulthood, a small number do get it as young as 8 years old. ...Read more

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How do you deal with bipolar?

How do you deal with bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder: 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

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How can I know if I'm bipolar?

Psychiatric Eval.: 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

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How will I know if I'm bipolar?

How will I know if I'm bipolar?

You may not: A lot of things can look like bipolar--even an agitated depression. See a psychiatrist to help you figure this out. ...Read more

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Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

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

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How to manage bipolar disorder?

How to manage bipolar disorder?

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

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Can something make you bipolar?

Can something make you bipolar?

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

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How can I know if I am bipolar?

How can I know if I am bipolar?

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

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How to help spouse with bipolar?

How to help spouse with bipolar?

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

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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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What does it mean to be bipolar?

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

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