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Teen with bipolar disorder, treatment?

Teen with bipolar disorder, treatment?

Recommend: Working with a child psychiatrist. Psychiatric medications are often required. Individual therapy (ie. Cognitive behavioratherapy or psychotherapy) and family therapy are usually indicated. Group therapy may be benificial and inpatient psychiatric treatment may be needed in some cases. ...Read more

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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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Are anti psychotics an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder?

Are anti psychotics an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder?

General not: Generally anti-psychotics are not effective, especially by themselves for bpd. There are effective psychotherapies. ...Read more

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Is lithium an effective treatment for bipolar disorder?

Is lithium an effective treatment for bipolar disorder?

Yes: In fact, lithium is probably the best/most studied medication for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is very effective in many but not all cases. It has been shown to be the most effective treatment for suicidality. It can be safe and effective, especially for bipolar i disorder or a manic episode. ...Read more

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How effective are SSRIs for treating bipolar disorder?

How effective are SSRIs for treating bipolar disorder?

Bipolar Disorder: There is potential for use of an SSRI to cause a bipolar person to flip into mania or a mixed state. I may use an SSRI to treat a concurrent anxiety disorder or PTSD. ...Read more

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What medication for schizoaffective disorder?

What medication for schizoaffective disorder?

Individual: Everyone is different and there are many different medications. Consultation with the psychiatrist is important! ...Read more

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What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

Psychiatric eval: Psychiatric evaluation would be the first thing you need here, to determine the most likely diagnosis that could explain your symptoms. There are various medications that help mood disorders, psychosis, and anxiety; psychotherapies are important treatments in all of those and in conduct disorder. You can receive comprehensive treatment once we understand what's wrong & what's needed. ...Read more

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What are treatments for schizoid personality disorder?

Read NIH fact sheet: Nih fact sheet: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001918/ this is a personality disorder with several specific criteria that need time (several visits) to be clarified with your treating psychiatrist. You can ask your primary doctor for a referral. ...Read more

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How effective is psychoeducation for treating bipolar disorder?

How effective is psychoeducation for treating bipolar disorder?

Bipolar : Education is profoundly effective; knowledge truly is power, and it's not just about educating the patient. It's also about educating the families of these patients, not to mention society as a whole. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Main tx is mood stabilizers. Other medications are added depending on presentation, such as anxiety meds., antidepressants, antipsychotics. Also psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What are your treatment options for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

What are your treatment options for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

Treatment Options: Bipolar disorder Tx Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Schizophrenia is treated with antipsychotics.Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. ...Read more

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How can treatment for depression differ from treatment for borderline personality disorder?

How can  treatment for depression differ from treatment for borderline personality disorder?

Time and Focus: The first thing to understand is that episodes of depression can-and do-happen in the course of treating bpd. Also many of the symptoms of the two disorders are similar, so at times both the meds and therapy that would be appropriate are likely to look identical. But, in very general terms, bpd depends more heavily on long-term therapy--building a positive sense of self and capacity for trust. ...Read more

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How are the treatments for schizoaffective disorder?

How are the treatments for  schizoaffective disorder?

Multidisciplinary : The best treatment is a combination of antipsychotic medications to treat psychotic symptoms and antidepressant medications to improve mood. Group or individual psychotherapy can be helpful in making goals, solving problems, and maintaining relationships. Support and work training may be helpful for work skills, money management, and maintaining independence. ...Read more

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Any treatment for obessive compulsive disorder?

Any treatment for obessive compulsive disorder?

Therapy and Meds: First a comprehensive mental health evaluation is suggested. After confirming the diagnosis of ocd, consider working with a psychologist and a physician "team". For psychotherapy: consider dr. Jeffrey schwartz's four step method outlined in the book "brainlock". Also consider an ssri medication. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar affective disorder curable?

Help please! is bipolar affective disorder curable?

No cure: There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but the symptoms can be controlled with treatment. ...Read more

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What criteria are there for "depressed bipolar II disorder?

What criteria are there for "depressed bipolar II disorder?

Criteria: The criteria for bipolar ii indicates that you have a history of at least one hypomanic episode (not manic). You must also have had at least one or more major depressive episodes. These episodes can impair your ability to function. Bipolar i is usually more debilitating than bipolar ii. ...Read more

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How effective is quetiapine for bipolar disorder?

How effective is quetiapine for bipolar disorder?

Seroquel (quetiapine): It has been used to treat bipolar cycling & depression phases of bipolar. ...Read more

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How effective is electroconvulsive shock therapy for bipolar and psychotic disorder?

How effective is electroconvulsive shock therapy for bipolar and psychotic disorder?

ECT: ECT is typically used for cases of severe depression, and not bipolar/psychotic disorders. ECT was once used much more widely than it is now. ...Read more

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Which tests are available for schizoaffective bipolar i disorder?

Which tests are available for schizoaffective bipolar i disorder?

Tests? no Help? yes!: Have you been diagnosed? Mostly, this fairly rare diagnosis is made by listening to the persons description. Talk with the doctor about how they came to this conclusion and your thoughts/feelings about it. Many, if not most mental/emotional disorders are lacking objective, biologically based definitive tests. It makes it hard for you and the doctor - so work together on both diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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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