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What Are The Different Levels Of Bipolar Disorder
Three: Generally there are 3 kinds: bipolar i, bipolar ii and bipolar nos. The difference depends on the symptoms of mania (severe insomnia, extreme energy, racing thoughts, pressured speech, elated and/or irritable moods). In bipolar I the mania lasts 3-4 days or is severe enough to need hospital stay. In ii the mania is called hypomania and is of shorter duration. In nos not all symptoms of mania exist. ...Read more
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
Very good question: I hope someone can give you a good answer - or better than mine. I see it as evidence that there are problems with the concepts underpinning the diagnosis. Years back manic depression was a diagnosis which was dropped and became much of bipolar ii (not exactly, but close). Bipolar I is hard for some to see as different from major depression. It's likely more modifications will be made to the terms. ...Read more
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Mood stabilizer: Most common are lithium, depakote, or lamictal. Seroquel and Abilify (aripiprazole) are also used. Many other options if side effects or inadequate response to any of these. Antidepressants may cause mania if given alone without mood stabilizer, but are often given along with a mood stabilizer. Unfortunately all medications have potential side effects and is always risk vs benefit. Compliance is crucial. ...Read more
More symptoms: For a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, one needs to have symptoms consistent with schizophrenia at one point as well as bipolar disorder at a different point in the same episode of illness. This can be tough to sort out unless you are seeing the same physician throughout the whole time. ...Read more
Complicated answer: Most commonly, symptoms don't manifest until late teens or early twenties. Children who are diagnosed as bipolar can be very energetic, have less need for sleep, temper tantrums and aggression are out of range for the precipitant. They can also be grandiose and inappropriately sexual for their age. Often the first episode in a child is depression. Caution I f there is a family hx of bp. ...Read more
Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...Read more
Schizophrenia &: Bipolar disorder are completely different disorders. Bipolar is a mood disorder with periods of depression & mania (excessive exuberance & unproductive energy). Schizophrenia is a thought disorder primarily including hallucinations, delusions & disorganized thinking & speech. Schizophrenia can include flat emotions, inability to experience pleasure & lack of motivation similar to depression. ...Read more
Yes, technically but: Sometimes they are confused one with the other. When depression resists all antidepressant medication one has to think bipolar disorder, since in bipolar disorder individuals antidepressant meds often aggravate it. Major depression can evolve into bipolar disorder. Rarely bipolar can become major depression. Depression gets depression meds, bipolar - mood stabilizers & sometimes depression meds. ...Read more
Terminology: There are a number of conditions that fall under the spectrum of bipolar disorder. Essentially, bipolar disorder encompasses periods of low energy, low mood and other impairments (depression) as well as periods of high energy & increased mood (mania or hypomania). The term bipolar depression is referring to only the depressive cycle that is part of a bipolar disorder. ...Read more
BPD = general term:
There are several kinds of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar depression is the depressed phase of the two extreme poles. All people have moods, however, normally the variation is not extreme. To be labelled bipolar, a person needs to have had at least one past manic episode. A website, www. Bipolar. Com is a good reference for more specific distinctions between the different variations of bpd. ...Read more
Yes, there are: Different forms and severity, and even cycling speed, of bipolar disorder. Some folks are more manic and some more depressed. While we are making strides w/neuroscience, we don't know the exact cause and why some folks have more pronounced symptoms than others. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Yes: If your bipolar disorder is not well controlled your ability to focus and concentrate could change depending on your fluctuating mood. For some patients their 'manic' phase reflects more an agitation, irritability, lack of focus and scattered thoughts. As it changes to a more ' depressed mood" there may be lack of interest in school work which would affect focus and concentration also. ...Read more
what is the abnormalities in the level of GABA in case of bipolar disorder, is it higher or lower than normal??
GABA is inhibitory: Neurotransmitter. Dysregulation occurs in bipolar disorder. GABA/other transmitters/systems fluctuate as a result of the disorder and the medications used to treat the disorder. Prescribers seek to use medications to stabilize the brain transmission in bipolar disorder/other conditions. Lifestyle changes can stabilize sleep, nutrition, attitude, coping, exercise, and relationships. Best regards. ...Read more
Only w/ period? PMS:
If the moods are only around the time of menstruation, it would not be bipolar.
Bd is characterized by distinct periods (days - weeks) of real depression alternating with periods (days - weeks) of extreme highs. There may be some normal times too. Puberty is often a moody time, but hopefully not a mental illness. ...Read more
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Bipolar vs Borderlin: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder consisting of both depressive episodes and manic or hypomanic ones. People with bipolar disorder often have normal personalities between episodes of illness. Borderline pd is a pervasive and continuous (not episodic) personality pattern with volatile relationships, extreme anger, fear of abandonment, self-injury, identity diffusion, impulsiveness, etc. ...Read more
Bipolarvs Depression: Actually, according to the criteria used, one may have only ever had manic moods, or mania, and qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That is why the term manic-depression is confusing. One may never have been depressed at any time, and still have bipolar disorder. ...Read more
Not usually: Having very different parents by itself is not a risk factor and can even be considered positive. However its all in the delivery. The match between the parental personalities and yours is crucial. Its long been argued that giving mixed messages, putting children in binds of allsorts and a nnegative environment can contribute. Great questions to explore in therapy. ...Read more
How is valdoxan different from zolof and is it a ssri like zolof. Also had been hearing good things about this med. Would it help 4 bipolar disorder
Not an SSRI: Valdoxan is a melatonin agonist rather than an ssri antidepressant. Most antidepressants, with the possible exception of bupropion, may make bipolar disorder worse - either by causing a switch into mania or hypomania, or increasing the frequency, over time, of depressive cycles. Although it is not a traditional antidepressant, there is caution about using it in bipolar disorder. ...Read more
I am bipolar disorder. I am on medications Depakote ER and olanzapine. How do you analyze that you are at the correct dosage level of Depakote er.
I, m taking pintin 3/25 and lamnet/lamogine 25. for what purposes it is being used. I, d problem of bipolar disorder.
Look for the cause: Here is an important tip for your bipolar. Look for the underlying causes. Learn about causes of mental disorders. Our practice is environmental medicine. One of the greatest discoveries made in environmental medicine is that most serious mental illness results from physical causes and not psychological factors. To learn Please visit us at www. Ehacstl. Com and see how people are being helped ...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 more
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
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
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