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Slight Bipolar Disorder
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does bipolar NOS usually require medical treatment or is it a very mild form of bipolar disorder that normally requires no medication?
My mum is a bipolar disorder 1 patient and a mild schitzophrenic. I'm starting to get bipolar symptoms but my gp says that i'll be fine and should do more breathing. Ishe correct?
Well the issue: Is that there an increased risk for a mood disorder (to include bipolar disorder) if your parent has it. It can show up in childhood and teen years. Please have your parents support you in obtaining a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. This is an important issue. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psychiatrist diagnosed me w/ Bipolar Disorder, but won't say which 1. Have frequent severe mania, mild depression & mixed episodes. Which BPD is it?
Bipolar Disorder: If you actually have severe mania plus depressive episodes and not just hypomania - you may have Bipolar 1 Disorder. I would sit down with your psychiatrist to find out if the type of bipolar disorder has actually been delineated yet. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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