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What is the difference between hormonal mood swings and having bipolar swings?

What is the difference between hormonal mood swings and having bipolar swings?

The extremes!: Mood swings in pts. With bipolar disorder of much more profound. Hormonal mood swings are of lesser magnitude and can be treated with hormones and other drugs. ...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 is the difference between having hormonal mood swings and bipolar mood swings?

What is the difference between having hormonal mood swings and bipolar mood swings?

Your cycle: Hormonal mood swings typically occur the last 5-10 days of your menstral cycle and usually occur monthly. The mood swings that occur in bipolar disorder occur irrespective of where you are pin your cycle. ...Read more

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What distinguishes bipolar from just hormonal mood swings?

What distinguishes bipolar from just hormonal mood swings?

Severity.: Great question. There are many different causes for mood swings. The severity of symptoms & other criteria help to determine if the symptoms are in the bipolar spectrum realm. A comprhensive psychological assessment can help to sort through this. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm bipolar or have hormonal mood swings?

How do I know if i'm bipolar or have  hormonal mood swings?

Professional eval: There are a number of different conditions that can present with mood swings. For this reason, recommend a comprehensive evaluation by either a psychiatrist or a doctoral level clinical psychologist. Self - diagnosis can be fraught with problems. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder? Just mood swings?

Bipolar: Not just mood swings. It is manic depression with at least two weeks of manic or depressive episodes, each with full criteria, sufficient to interfere with daily functioning & social interactions & self care. ...Read more

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I have bipolar i mixed will i ever be free of mood swings?

I have bipolar i mixed will i ever be free of mood swings?

This depends on: Many things. First, it depends on your own lifestyle and taking care of yourself by complying with medications & follow-up visits with your psychiatrist. Work with any therapists recommended too. Also, getting regular rest and exercise. Staying away from recreational drugs & alcohol. Eating healthy diet. All these can work together to keep mood swings at bay. ...Read more

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I have serious mood swings. My mum has bipolar and thinks i might too. How do I get tested?

See a provider: Make an appointment with a psychiatrist who can evaluate you and help treat your mood instability. ...Read more

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Uncontrollable and unpredictable mood swings in my bipolar son taking medication. What can we do?

Stay strong.: It can take quite a while to completely optimize a child's medication regimen. There is some trial ; error involved in finding which medications are most effective for him ; if he has intolerable side effects. Often taking one medication alone is not sufficient. ...Read more

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Am I bipolar? Been on anti deps since 15, now 22, im about to lose my mind over these mood swings, and I don't even know who I am anymore.

Am I bipolar? Been on anti deps since 15, now 22, im about to lose my mind over these mood swings, and I don't even know who I am anymore.

Maybe: Mood swings can most definitely be a sign of bipolar disorder but can also be from other causes like borderline personality disorder, medication side effects etc. Talking to a psychiatrist can be very beneficial and should be pursued. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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