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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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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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What are the different types of medication for bipolar disorder?

What are the different types of medication for bipolar disorder?

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

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Why are there different types of bipolar disorder?

Why are there different types of bipolar disorder?

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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Are there really two types of bipolar disorder?

Are there really two types of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar Disorder: is really a spectrum. Bipolar I can have devastating sxs if not treated. Bipolar II Disorder, Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified and Cyclothymic Disorder all have cyclic changes of mood and energy in common. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have bipolar disorder type 2?

I need help! How do I know if I have bipolar disorder type 2?

See a Dr: Schedule a visit with a psychiatrist or psychologist to review signs and symptoms. If the disorder is present, treatment options are available. ...Read more

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What is one of the best medication to treat type 1 bipolar disorder?

What is one of the best medication to treat type 1 bipolar disorder?

That depends: If the person is acutely manic than an atypical antipsychotic may be a good choice. Mood stabilizers are helpful for long term treatment. Different people respond better to one drug than another. It is very individual. Many of my patients are happy with Lamictal as well as abilify (aripiprazole). But that doesn't mean they are the best. ...Read more

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I want to know in what type of bipolar disorder quetiapinel is the best option.

I want to know in what type of bipolar disorder quetiapinel is the best option.

Seroquel (quetiapine): Seroquel (quetiapine) XR is highly effective in treating the various phases (manic, mixed & depressive) of both Bipolar I & II Disorder. Personally, I have found that Seroquel (quetiapine) works extremely well in patients who also have difficulty sleeping - as it is sedating and should be taken at night. Hope that answers your question and helps! ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and schitzoaffective disorder bipolar type?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and schitzoaffective disorder bipolar type?

Differentiation: In schizoaffective disorder, the person suffers ongoing psychotic symptoms such as paranoia or delusions whether or not a mood problem is present. However, they can certainly be sick with depression or mania too. In bipolar disorder, mood instability is the main problem. There are no psychotic symptoms unless in an active episode of depression or mania. ...Read more

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I have bipolar disorder type 1. What are the chances of me passing it on to my children. My grandfther had bipolar type 1 aswell.

I have bipolar disorder type 1. What are the chances of me passing it on to my children. My grandfther had bipolar type 1 aswell.

Available studies: Genetic transmission of bipolar disorder is not complete -- your children do not automatically develop the disease that you have. Some studies have shown that with 1 bipolar parent, there is 15% risk in kids' developing the illness; with both parents, it goes up to 30%. So there's a greater chance that your children won't be bipolar, than that they will. Healthy lifestyle helps too. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

Mania: Patients with bipolar 11 disorder do not have full blown mania. They have symptoms that resemble mania but do not reach the threshold for mania. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

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

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How can bipolar disorder be different in teens/children and adults?

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

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Is the type of bipolar disorder constant when bipolar runs in families?

Is the type of bipolar disorder constant when bipolar runs in families?

Not really: Family history increases risk of having bd, but it does not change the presentation. By definition, people with bd have ups and down, usually interspersed with periods of normal mood. The ratio or ups versus downs often changes as people age, but not predictably. Some start with mostly manic episodes, others most depressed; many teens have "mixed" episodes with features of both mood states. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

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

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What is a more serious illness bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?

No simple answer b/c: It depends on the person and the severity of the disorder. Persons with bipolar i can be psychotic as are individuals w/ schizoaffective disorder, which means a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. All things being equal, the person with schizoaffective disorder with bipolar characteristics is likely to have more mental health problems. ...Read more

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I have type 1 bipolar disorder, i rapid cycle.I haven't slept in 68 hours, is there something i can take OTC ? I can't afford my medications.

Challenging question: It is well-known that insomnia is a trigger for mania and rapid cycling, hence it is important to combat that. Even though sleep md's don't recommend antihistamines for sleep, they can work and are otc. The bigger issues: 1: you need to be working with your md. 2: some drug co's make their products available to you, free of charge-ask your md how. 3: your md may have samples of certain meds. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

Is schizophrenia different than bipolar disorder?

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

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Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

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

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How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

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

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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