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What Does A Mixed Episode Feel Like For A Bipolar Person
Mixed Bipolar state: Bipolar mood disorder-bmd- has two extreme mood poles: depressed low sad and so forth versus "manic" - too high, excess activity, energy, sexual activity (sometimes more reckless than normal). When a person has a mixed episode, believe it or not that have both at the same time: low, depressed, helpless plus wired, too high, frantic, over energized, a painful combination. Treatment needs given. ...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
It's possible but: Rapid cycling bipolar disorders are certainly possible, and very frustrating for you to live with. If it's happening, make sure to report the pattern to your md. Keeping a journal/charting the cycles can help clarify the pattern, including times you take any prescribed meds (.And any other drugs you may use), as well as major events. Make sure your md is ordering lab tests to check med levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are many : Potential triggers for bipolar disorder. Prescription medications are one (antidepressants, stimulants, steroids, decongestants, asthma inhalers ; antabuse) as well as caffeine ; illicit drugs. Lack of sleep, menses, head injury, ms ; infectious diseases are other causes. Psychosocial stressors may include death of loved one, divorce, loss of work, trauma ; financial problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There are many possible reasons why a person with bipolar disorder could have symptoms, even while staying consistent in treatment. Medications are often helpful, but even under the best of circumstances people may have "breakthough" symptoms. This is one reason why it is important to stay in regular contact with a physician, so that quick adjustments can be made in medications if needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible for a bipolar person to experience several manic/mixed episodes in one day and rarely stay in one "polar phase" for long?
Rarely: On feb, 8, 2014: 9, 181 people reported to have side effects when taking dilaudid. Among them, 7 people (0.08%) have bipolar disorder. This is 7 out of 9, 181 people who have actually reported side effects to the fda. This is 7 out of the total number of people who have taken Dilaudid up until this point who have taken Dilaudid in the us. Therefor the risk is probably even lower than 0.08%. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Where will the energy come from when a person that suffers from bipolar disorder is having a manic episode?
Loss of Inhibition: When people have a manic episode they seem to shut down the inhibitory parts of the brain (the parts that recognize risk, that monitor for poor decisions) in the brain this switch from reflection to action without concern for the consequences results in an increase in activity, although the activity is often misdirected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bipolar/depression- what's the best way to help them during their depressed episodes they go through? How can I be a supportive person?
Listen and support: I think it is most important to continue to encourage them to stay connected with both their psychiatric treatment as well as their social support system as disruption of either can lead to deterioration. Medicines can be essential to stability although it can also be helpful to make sure they are able to get the essentials like getting enough sleep! being authentic and listening can help. ...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
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