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How do psychologists test for bipolar disorder?

How do psychologists test for bipolar disorder?

Tests don't diagnose: Psych tests do not diagnose anything. The results are helpful in sunstantiating a mental disorder or identifying the possibilty of one.A a thoeough clinical interview and collateral info from family are very useful in making the dianosis. Some objective personality tests (eg, mmpi, pai, etc) can aid in making the dx. ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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First depression. Now adult add. Curious if bipolar 2 is the culprit. Depression-extreme anger-panic -tears-back to depression. Daily, weekly, monthly?

First depression. Now adult add. Curious if bipolar 2 is the culprit. Depression-extreme anger-panic -tears-back to depression. Daily, weekly, monthly?

Gordian Knot: That is a difficult question to answer, but you may be on the right track. Speak with your mental health provider about further testing rule out adhd. It is true that hypomania/mania has similar symptoms to adhd. However, the main differentiating factor is time frames; with adhd, the racing thoughts, inability to focus, failing to complete tasks, etc. Is present all the time. ...Read more

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Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Possibility: This sounds like an extremely complex situation that would benefit more from working individually with an experienced psychologist or psychiatrist. However, the mind-body workbook for ptsd by block(s) may be a nice accompaniment to your own more individualized therapy. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Is this teen depression? Moody after breakup

Is this teen depression? Moody after breakup

Normal emotions: Feeling moody after a breakup (if only that) is a normal emotional response to the ending of a relationship. Major depression is at least two weeks of feeling depressed with any four of the following: having poor sleep or over sleeping, poor concentration, low energy, feelings of excessive guilt or worthlessness, not being able to enjoy anything, having suicidal thoughts, etc. ...Read more

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What are treatments for sexual arousal disorder in depressed women?

What are treatments for sexual arousal disorder in depressed women?

Marriage Counseling: Sexual arousal disorders are the most difficult to treat. When you add depression it becomes even harder as most of the anti-depressants have sexual side effects. Of course there may be many causative factors, but generally, there are issues within your relationship that must be dealt with- see a sex therapist, but expect that your doctor will ask a lot of questions about your marriage. ...Read more

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(bpd)borderline personality disorder;i've done dbt counselingn a psychiatrist which has not improved my paranoia/anxiety problems.What next?

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(bpd)borderline personality disorder;i've done dbt counselingn a psychiatrist which has not improved my paranoia/anxiety problems.What next?

DBT: Need to discuss with your psychiatrist possible alternative medications, depending on what you were prescribed & on the symptoms. Some benefits might be obtained from a psychotropic with a mood stabilizer. Your md is the best one to review them, since I am not sure what medications were tried for you. ...Read more

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Good day. I am male, 26 years old.My problems are irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness or social phobia, social anxiety.

Good day. I am male, 26 years old.My problems are irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness or  social phobia, social anxiety.

Need evaluation: Your symptoms are a mix predominantly of depression and anxiety. You need a competent mental health evaluation including a thorough history to help clarify what underlies your symptoms. Consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What is teen depression?

What is teen depression?

Teen with depression: Depression in children & teens is much the same illness but because of age related factors expression of the depression varies. Children are especially difficult to assess due to limited understanding and communication skills. Teens bring a special set of problems to diagnosing depression; a sense of immortality, a "can do it myself" attitude, male and female hormone influences, oppositionality. ...Read more

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Does a sevefere stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms caused a positive HIV ?

Does a sevefere stress, depression, and anxiety  symptoms caused a positive HIV ?

No: Hiv is acquired by high risk behaviors such as unprotected sex and sharing needles. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do people take for major depression disorder/ clinical depression?

I was wondering what do people take for major depression disorder/ clinical depression?

Steps: First you need to have a thorough evaluation by your family doctor, and if appropriate by a psychiatrist next. There are medical reasons for depression (e.g. Thyroid disease, diabetes, others). Once the diagnosis is made, there are two effective treatments: cognitive behavioral therapy and ssri/snri medications. The best is to use both. ...Read more

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Ever seen a schizoid fibromyalgic, anxious and depress man with ptsd. Husband, father of an addh girl. Teacher with dermatillomania and gynecomastia?

Ever seen a schizoid fibromyalgic, anxious and depress man with ptsd. Husband, father of an addh girl. Teacher with dermatillomania and gynecomastia?

Well, no not exactly: Sounds like a lot going on. But, it is actually common to have multiple psychiatric conditions at the same time. So don't fear that you are terminally unique in this matter. You are on Cymbalta (duloxetine) - but are you receiving psychotherapy? Cognitive processing therapy or the more generalized cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful for you. Take care. ...Read more

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Could a teen develop bipolar disorder?

Could a teen develop bipolar disorder?

Yes: Yes, and recent evidence suggest that, in fact, teenage years might be the most common time of onset of bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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How do you test for bipolar disorder in a child?

How do you test for bipolar disorder in a child?

Testing: Your child will need to have a comprehensive history taking, physical exam, and specific psychological testing that will help in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. There may be other disorders that are present and can be established during this evaluation. ...Read more

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Is constant memory problems, real severe at times, normal for somebody disabled with lifelong anxiety/bipolar depression disorder?

Is constant memory problems, real severe at times, normal for somebody disabled with  lifelong anxiety/bipolar depression disorder?

(here we go): Memory problems are a very common collateral effect of benzodiazepines like clonazepam. Also, rebound anxiety, depression, balance problems, tolerance (stops working, requiring higher doses eventually to exert same effects) and dependency. I wish you well, remember to discuss it with your dr, who knows you better. Good luck. ...Read more

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21 year of age, male. Depressed, moody, low sex drive, low self esteem, feeling not so manly, low test, high prolactin. Help, what to do?

21 year of age, male. Depressed, moody, low sex drive, low self esteem, feeling not so manly, low test, high prolactin. Help, what to do?

Low T : A 21 year old should not have low testosterone. You need to find the cause. If the prolactin is significantly high and you are having headaches and mood changes have your physician follow this up. You may need an MRI to look and the part of the brain that produces prolactin called the pituitiary. Also they should check lh and fsh levels to see if your body is trying to produce testosterone. ...Read more

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What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

Tough question: It could be a combination of both the underlying mental condition and possible hormonal involvement. Have a childhood behavioral specialist examine him and help you out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have Narcolepsy + cataplexy, but also anhedonia. Sleep, appetite normal. Don't feel helpless, guilt, anger or anxiety. No negative rumination.ideas?

I have Narcolepsy + cataplexy, but also anhedonia. Sleep, appetite normal. Don't feel helpless, guilt, anger or anxiety. No negative rumination.ideas?

A good spirit's good: Hopefully you are in the care of a neurologist and they know the good news about your emotional strengths. I imagine it can be difficult to deal w/ your sleep disorders and even harder w/out ability to enjoy things. It may be related to your conditions or not. Psychotherapy may be a good way to evaluate the basis and perhaps resolve it. Be sure to keep your providers informed about any Rx's. Best! ...Read more

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Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?

It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read more

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