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What Does A Diagnosis Of Bipolar Affective Disorder Mean For A Young Person
Better prognosis: Early intervention prevention of many factors early treatment genetic marker recognition prevention of all the factors and avoid those sleep regulation destigmatising mental health educating themselves as they do on cell phone on their 2 pound computer called brain and treating it early so they won't mess with drugs alcohal and will be wow generation wise outstanding wizard and take brain serious. ...Read more
Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more
Genetics: Bipolar disorder is a highly genetic disorder, so most people inherit the predisposition. Also stimulant drugs like the amphetamines can also produce symptoms of mania. There are also people who are susceptible to marked sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep for several days has been know to cause symptoms that look like mania. ...Read more
I've seen it: I often see patients with bipolar disorder who are over medicated. However, clinical experience shows us that 90% of bipolar patients require 2-5 medications to achieve symptom control. The goal is to use combinations that make sense while paying attention to overlapping side effects that can negatively effect quality of life. ...Read more
Yes: The person may be manic with some euphoria so s/he does not want that to end (& therefore stops the meds). Another possibility is deep depression that takes away your motivation for treatment. Sometimes the person may become psychotic & paranoid --- so they may stop taking the medication feeling that it is an attempt to harm them. In addition, 50% of all sick people don't like to take meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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