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What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for a young person?

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

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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 does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for somebody's life?

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What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for somebody's life?

Bipolar: Like any chronic illness, whether physiological or psychological, maintenance therapy to prevent recurrences and relapses is vital for optimal functioning. ...Read more

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What does a diagnosis of mixed personality disorder mean?

What does a diagnosis of mixed personality disorder mean?

Many issues in your: Personality disorders deal with the way you think, behave and react to situations which have a certain pattern. Several of these patterns make up your personality. You may be obsessive/compulsive or dependent for example then you would not fit into one category or another. It is a pattern that is excessive or no longer helping you cope in order to be considered a personality disorder. ...Read more

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How does a person with schizoaffective disorder live a sort of normal life?

Medication: There are several medications that can effectively treat the symptoms and allow the individual to lead a quality life. ...Read more

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What kind of behaviors in a child would get diagnosed as bipolar disorder?

What kind of behaviors in a child would get diagnosed as bipolar disorder?

Multiple Problems: Bipolar disorder in children usually includes high levels of hyperactivity along with severe problems related to the mood. There may be dramatic and inpredictable mood swings, or there may be a mixture of depression with irritability or euphoria occurring within short periods of time. Impulsivity is frequently present with severe behavior problems. Temper outbursts and aggression may occur. ...Read more

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What is a good way for a couple cope when one may have borderline personality disorder?

DBT: If you may be borderline, recommend a comprehensive psychological assessment. If there is a significant problem than dbt dialectical behavioral therapy may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a "personality disorder" and a "borderline personality disorder" ?

Borderline PD: A personality disorder is an enduring, pervasive, and inflexible pattern of inner experience and outer behavior that differs markedly from one's culture, begins in adolescence or early adulthood, and causes distress in important areas of life (relationships, work, etc). The borderline pd pattern is one of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity. ...Read more

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What kind of experience is it to have a borderline personality disorder?

Complex: Don't diagnose your self . Effort to avoid real abandonment . Pattern of unstable intense and interpersonal relationship identity disturbances impulsive at 2 areas recurrent suicidal behavior . And more symptoms should see counselor dbt is right therapy with medication management. ...Read more

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How typical is it for people with borderline personality disorder to act out a lot?

Yes: People who are functioning with borderline personality disorder may do so less. However, generally speaking it is not uncommon to act out- especially when in crisis. ...Read more

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What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

Gender confusion: Gender confusion is when a person is not clear about his or her own gender -- gender identity d/o, a painful condition. These are people who feel strongly from childhood that they have been born into the wrong-gendered body. It is not a sign of borderline pd or bipolar disorder, although these other disorders can co-exist. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002495/. ...Read more

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What is done for a person diagnosed with a schizoid personality?

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What is done for a person diagnosed with a schizoid personality?

Schizoid personality: For ones that seek treatment, since symptoms are similar to negative symptoms of schizophrenia, a trial of low dose antipsychotics such as Risperdal or zyprexa is warranted, for blunted affect. Also wellbutrin (bupropion) for anhedonia, tricyclic or ssri antidepressants or Inderal for social anxiety. Also, supportive individual & group psychotherapies. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Cyclothymic : Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder often ignored. Current evidence indicates that cyclothymic disorder is a prevalent and highly impairing disorder on the bipolar spectrum. In fact perugi et al 2011 found impulsivity could be associated with comorbidity with cyclothymia. Impulsivity often can lead to drug addiction, job loss, loss of relationship and impaired judgement. ...Read more

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Will a person suffering a delusional disorder know they have the disorder?

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Will a person suffering a delusional disorder know they have the disorder?

Delusion: Delusional disorder patients usually maintain some insight or awareness of their illness and question them at times but cannot control them, unless their delusions are part of another psychotic or mood disorder, where insight is limited. ...Read more

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How is someone determined with bipolar disorder, what does it consist of?

How is someone determined with bipolar disorder, what does it consist of?

Evaluation: Bipolar type i consists of dramatic high and low moods.The highs(mania) can present with irritability, high energy, decreased need for sleep, euphoria, reckless behaviors and rapid speech.The lows are feelings of sadness, sleeping more, poor concentration, crying spells and possible suicidal thoughts. There are different types and severities.See a psychiatrist to be evaluated for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What's the difference between somatoform disorder and anxiety disorder? How does a dr distinguish which a patient has?

What's the difference between somatoform disorder and anxiety disorder? How does a dr distinguish which a patient has?

Somatoform no more: The designation "somatoform disorders" has been changed in the new dsm 5 to "somatic symptom and related disorders." it's a group of disorders sharing prominent somatic symptoms associated with significant distress and impairment. Illness anxiety d/o (hypochondriasis), conversion d/o, etc are included. Anxiety d/o's focus on features of excessive fear and anxiety ; their behavioral disturbances. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why bipolar is a disorder but schizophrenia is a disease?

Can you please explain why bipolar is a disorder but schizophrenia is a disease?

Both are disorders: Both may also be considered diseases. "disorder" is the more contemporary term for these conditions. The term "disease" was more common in earlier eras. For example, in 1874, the journal of nervous and mental disease was first published. While this journal is highly respected, such a title would not be selected for a new journal today. ...Read more

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What could happen if a person who is most likely bipolar receives a depression diagnosis and is given meds for depression?

What could happen if a person who is most likely bipolar receives a depression diagnosis and is given meds for depression?

Use mood stabilizer: It is a significant risk to take onle antidepressant medication for bipolar patients, even in a depressed phase. You will run a risk of manic or mixed episode. Talk to the doctor to add mood stabilizer or Lamictal immediately. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a "personality disorder" I feel like that's not an accurate disorder, how important is to get a specific diagnosis?

You're right!: It's too complicated in a 400 char limit - but you've got it. PDs aren't diseases. They're how we are, styles. They can be problems but meds don't make sense to me. Hard to change completely - you can learn how to understand their basis, to see them fairly and manage them. To me they're learned to handle our early life and may not fit well in the big world. A really good trusting Tx relshp helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible for one person to have borderline personality disorder, depressive disorder, and anxiety disorder at the same time?

Yes: Anxiety and depressive disorders are often seen concurrently with borderline personality disorder. However, people with borderline personality disorder often have have significant problems with impulse control ( so they might not have a separate diagnosis of impulse control disorder). ...Read more

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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more