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Could you tell me what happens if bipolar disorder goes untreated for a long time?

Could you tell me what happens if bipolar disorder goes untreated for a long time?

Get Evaluated: You deserve a credible comprehensive evaluation. Bipolar disorder is not a single entity and not the easiest to diagnose. Please see a board certified psychiatrist for an evaluation. Soon! don't worry, being diagnosed and treated is way better than not. We are learning so much about this disorder that today is the best day in history to be diagnosed, tomorrow will be better. We also know that in some forms of bipolar disorder, the fluctuations in mood if they are severe, can actually cause physical brain degeneration. This is a disorder if untreated tends to get worse over the course of a persons life. If treated, most bipolar patients if compliant, can't be picked out of acrowd. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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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, 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


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What happens if bipolar disorder is untreated for a long time?

What happens if bipolar disorder is untreated for a long time?

It gets worse: The mood swings r more severe, relationships & careers r damaged the pt becomes more discouraged & more at risk 4 self harm. ...Read more

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I initially had depression for years, it went untreated for a prolonged period of time, could this have escalated to my current condition, bipolar 2?

I initially had depression for years, it went untreated for a prolonged period of time, could this have escalated to my current condition, bipolar 2?

No.: Diagnosing bipolar disorder can be controversial among psychiatrists. One view is that you had bipolar II all along, but it was not clear, and it merely looked like you had unipolar depression. Either someone took a closer look, or you developed hypomanic episodes, which clarified. ...Read more

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What effects can bipolar disorder have on a person's body over time? Short and long term effects

What effects can bipolar disorder have on a person's body over time? Short and long term effects

Indirect: Bipolar itself as no known direct effects on the body. But indirectly, both manic and depressive episodes can affect health. For example, in the manic phase appetite is suppressed and risk taking (with drugs, sex, dangerous actions) is high. Suicide is a great risk, as well. Appetite can be lost in depression, as well. There are tantalizing genetic overlaps with asthma and endometriosis. ...Read more

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How long will a medicated bipolar manic last for a 54 year old male. He is treated for this the first time and it is lasting already for a month?

How long will a medicated bipolar manic last for a 54 year old male. He is treated for this the first time and it is lasting already for a month?

Unclear?: I am wondering if your question is, how long will a particular medication last? It is not really possible to say without knowing the name of the medication. It is very important, i think, to be in close contact with the person's psychiatrist, especially since you say there are already good results. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I am 55 years old and want to know if being on a dose of 150mg of topomax for bipolar for a long period of time can have a bad side effect on you?

I am 55 years old and want to know if being on a dose of 150mg of topomax for bipolar for a long period of time can have a bad side effect on you?

Possibly: Topamax (topiramate) has many potential adverse risks. Kidney stones may be prevented with vigourous hydration, narrow angle glaucoma may occur, metabolic acidosis can occur with surgery or if kidney disease arises, cognitive issues mainly affecting short-term memory or speech can reverse when drug is stopped, heat stroke has been reported in kids. ...Read more

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Is bipolar a life long disorder?

Is bipolar a  life long disorder?

Bipolar: Typically yes, and both the doctor and the patient need to adapt an attitude of being students of that particular patient's bipolar symptoms, as there is no mastery of them, and that bipolar cannot be cured, only closely monitored and managed. ...Read more

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How much time can bipolar episodes last?

How much time can bipolar episodes last?

It depends on: the type of bipolar, 1 or 2. 1 the episodes last longer, months at a time or longer, bipolar 2 people have rapid mood swings from day to day, even hour to hour. ...Read more

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Help please? How long can bipolar episodes last?

The length of manic,: Hypomanic, mixed or depressed states differs for each person. There may also be variable durations for the different cycles within one person's history. Some people have an intercyclic recovery phase - some do not. ...Read more

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Could a person be bipolar and add at the same time?

Could a person be bipolar and add at the same time?

Yes: It is certainly possible to have both conditions. See your psychiatrist for their opinion and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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