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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)

The lay term is manic depression. It is a mood cycling condition in which a person has periods of elevated mood & energy, little sleep, racing thoughts & grandiose ideas. The person may engage in risky behaviors, spend a lot or work a lot. These episodes alternate w/ periods of depression for at least 2 wks. The duration & severity of the manic sx determines the ...Read more


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How mild can paranoia be? What are ways it can affect a bipolar disorder?

How mild can paranoia be? What are ways it can affect a bipolar disorder?

A sign of psychosis: Paranoia can occur as part of psychosis in either depressive phase or manic phase of bipolar disorder. It usually starts as mild but usually increases as disease progresses. Please talk to your psychiatrist asap and seek treatment. ...Read more

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Does bipolar NOS usually require medical treatment or is it a very mild form of bipolar disorder that normally requires no medication?

Does  bipolar NOS usually require medical treatment or is it a very mild form of bipolar disorder that normally requires no medication?

No: I agree with Dr. Tansky's response indicating that the designation NOS has nothing to do with the seriousness of the illness and that medication may still be required. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Psychiatrist diagnosed me w/ Bipolar Disorder, but won't say which 1. Have frequent severe mania, mild depression & mixed episodes. Which BPD is it?

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 more

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How does one balance both ADHD and mild bipolar disorder? Currently I am taking Abilify 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 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?

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 are the symtoms of bipolar disorder?

What are the symtoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar affective di: Bipolar affective disorder (bpad) is characterized by both manic and depressive episodes. Manic episodes typically last a few days with decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem, energy, and activity. Depressive episodes are 2 weeks or more of decreased energy, motivation, and self esteem. Episodes may be separated by days, weeks, months, or even years. ...Read more

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I've developed bipolar disorder. What should I be watching out for in the future?

Stability!: Work closely with your doctor to find the medications that work for you. And, looking back, try to identify the earliest symptoms that you can when it started to go bad. The earlier you can let your doc know you're not right, the faster you 2 can get you back into balance. ...Read more

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What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

Many types: There is bipolar i and bipolar ii. There are phases such as manic, mixed and depressed types, there are mild, moderate and severe forms. The severe forms may be with or without psychotic features. Finally, there is bipolar disorder, nos which stands for not otherwise specified. This has also been termed atypical bipolar d/o. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Manic depressive disorder is also known as Bipolar disorder. 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