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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

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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


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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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Bi polar and mood swings what is the difference between being bi polar and having severe mood swings?

Bi polar and mood swings what is the difference between being bi polar and having severe mood swings?

Bipolar definition: Bipolar disorder is diagnosed when an individual has episodes of depression and mood elevations ( episodes of mania or hypomania). Mood elevations include symptoms of elevated self esteem, high energy, decreased need to sleep, rapid speech, racing thoughts and out of character behaviors. Mood swings can be seen with many disorders, personality traits or stress. ...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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What is the difference between having bipolar disorder and having bipolar depression?

What is the difference between having bipolar disorder and having bipolar depression?

None: Having bipolar disorder implies that you have two (bi) poles of the disorder which include depression and mania or hypo mania which is a milder form of mania. Bipolar depression only signifies which pole is predominant during that episode of the disorder. ...Read more

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Could I have bipolar-like mood swings in borderline personality disorder. What are the mood swings like in bpd?

Often confused: They are very different conditions. Sometimes doctors (including psychiatrists) who don't really understand personality disorders mistake bpd for bipolar ii, because both involve labile mood (mood swings), and people with both conditions have depressive episodes. People with bpd do not have true manic or hypomanic episodes. Bpd is treated with psychotherapy, bipolar disorder with medication. ...Read more

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What's the difference between regular depression and being manic depressive?

What's the difference between regular depression and being manic depressive?

Mania itself: People who suffer from manic depression ("bipolar") have two poles of extreme mood--both depression (low) and mania (high) as colleagues have described. It's important to realize that with just episodes of depression, it is not certain whether the depression is "unipolar" or part of "bipolar". Once one has a manic episode, bipolar is confirmed, even if the depression has not yet appeared. ...Read more

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What causes mood swings in men?

What causes mood swings in men?

Complex question: There are so many possible causes: 1) stress, 2) depression, 3) bipolar disorder, 4) anxiety, 5) medical problems, 6) interpersonal conflict, 7) medication side effect, ..... Without more information, it's impossible to answer more precisely. ...Read more

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What is the difference between moodiness and bipolar disorder?

What is the difference between moodiness and bipolar disorder?

Moodiness: Bipolar is extreme moodiness (for comparison purpose) & interferes with daily functioning. Also, moodiness can mean situational mood shifts or cycling. ...Read more

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I have continuous sadness, loneliness, anger and mood swings what is wrong with me?

I have continuous sadness, loneliness, anger and mood swings what is wrong with me?

There could be a: Number of things such as hormonal imbalances, extreme stress, fatigue, this can be a situational stress from job, loss of a loved one, change of life, the only way to truly rule out the possibilities is to consult with a doctor this is to make sure you are getting proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is the reason of my mood swings and churning brain?

What is the reason of my mood swings and churning brain?

Consider meeting: With a psychiatrist/ or psychologist to describe your mood swings and decide whether medication will be the best course of treatment. Also consider psychotherapy to see what things impact on your mood. Mood swings could be caused my stress, bipolar or depression. ...Read more

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What is a good mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, quickening of mood swings?

Options: Lithium, certain anticonvulsants (valproic acid, carbamazepine, lamotragine, ) and second generation antipsychotics (risperidone, quetiapine, Aripiprazole and others) meet the definitions of what may be considered a "mood stabilizer" and all can offer effective treatment. ...Read more

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Can you explain the difference between recurrent major depression with mood lability and bipolar disorder?

Different problems: With major depression you have serious depressive symptoms like sadness and hopelessness. It can be constant or come and go. Mood lability is when you mood fluctuates frequently, feeling okay one minute then sad or angry the next. With bipolar disorder you can have depression but you also have mania or hypomania, conditions with increased arousal. See doctor if you have either. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

The decade's DSM: About a century ago it all began and much is the same, but for boundary lines. Few use the M-D term now but otherwise the differences are hard to lock in. Some BPs only show depression, but varying sorts of elevated periods can be there and they can be just very active or irritably violent. Extremely intense episodes come close to, or are, a psychosis. Good treatment (Therapy+) really helps. ...Read more

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What are the main distinguishing factors between bipolar and mood disorder?

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Bipolat: Mood disorders can include bipolar(manic depression), major depression, schizoaffective disorder, dysthymic disorder, cyclothymic disorder, and mood disorders not otherwise specified. ...Read more

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What are the best medications for irritability, mood swings, lack of sex drive, and fatigue?

What are the best medications for irritability, mood swings, lack of sex drive, and fatigue?

Ask U Urologist: Medications for irritability and mood swing can have usually can affect sex drive in a negative way. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar II disorder and teen moodiness?

See your doctor: Mood changes in bipolar disorder tend to occur without cause or are a exaggerated response to an event. The individual tends to expresses frustration with them selves, often saying "i don't know why i react this way. Moodiness in teens tends to be persistent and is related to events. Moodiness can also be depression. The best thing to do is to consult with your physician. ...Read more

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I have bipolar 2 disorder. What's the difference between that and bipolar 1?

I have bipolar 2 disorder.  What's the difference between that and bipolar 1?

Hypo mania vs mania: Both usually have depression. Bipolar1 includes mania. Bipolar 2 includes hypo mania. Hypo mania is less severe, but still can have consequences due to impulsivity. Consequences are much more severe with mania. See my other answers for additional details. ...Read more

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What are the causes of mood swings?

Varied: Daily shifts in mood can be due to many causes some of which are - adjustment disorders, mood disorders personality disorders, neurological conditions. Mood swings by themselves are not diagnostic of any condition - for diagnosis it's bet to get evaluated by a psychiatrist and discuss all the other symptoms as well. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

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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Do bipolar mood swings have variations in each extreme mood?

Yes: Not sure exactly what you are asking, but there are certainly variations in degree of symptoms between individuals and between episodes of the same individual. One thing we do know is that the more episodes you have, the more frequent they occur and the more severe they become. The more stable the mood over time, the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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With bipolar people, is it possible to decrease or stop the mood swings?

With bipolar people, is it possible to decrease or stop the mood swings?

With Treatment: Yes, mood swings can be managed and sometimes eliminated through proper and consistent treatment. Treatment will usually consist of a combination of talk therapy and medication therapy. ...Read more

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How to tell if my intense mood swings are considered too quick to be bipolar?

Rapid mood swings: There is rapid-cycling and non-rapid cycling bipolar disorder. The forer averages about 21 days and non-rapid type about 51 days. Mood swings can accur much more rapidly than the 21 day average. If the mood swings interfere with functioning, then a mental health assessment by a doctor followed by meds or referral would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Is it possible for sufferers of bipolar 2 to have a lot of mood swings during the day?

Is it possible for sufferers of bipolar 2 to have a lot of mood swings during the day?

Yes: Rapid cycling is not uncommon in any of the bipolar disorders. Rapid cycling is frequent and intense mood swings that can occur multiple times in a day. Everyone has mood shifts during the day, but with bipolar 2 disorder, the intensity and agitation that accompanies them would be evidence of rapid cycling. ...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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How do you know if you are bipolar? I have mood swings and I am always easily irratated. How do you know. I always thought i was just stressed out

Bright of you to ask: There is a range; you clearly care enough about your well being. As they say ''don't try this at home." consult a well qualified psychiatrist; your pcp should always be kept informed . Then referral for a consultation with a well trained psychiatrist. You will then remove this nagging. The bottom line is could be, could be another psychiatric area; physical/environmental will have to be waived. ...Read more

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Hi, I was wondering if I was bipolar, I'm having mood swings, over analyzing things, depression and happy phases, etc.

Hi, I was wondering if I was bipolar, I'm having mood swings, over analyzing things, depression and happy phases, etc.

Bipolar diagnosis: Mood shifts or swings can happen for many reasons, eg, situational or stress, anxiety, ADD, hormonal, neurological, depression, medications, drugs etc. See a qualified mental health professional for a proper evaluation. Medical factors must be ruled out. See: https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/kidshealth/9851216084755bb2/index.html I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm 45 bipolar, female. I am manic and have had erratic behavior for 3 days with rapid mood swings, how long can mania last?

I'm 45 bipolar, female. I am manic and have had erratic behavior for 3 days with rapid  mood swings, how long can mania last?

Get help now: If untreated, Mania may last from several days up to six months. The norm is usually more like several weeks to several months. Rapid cycling can have short duration mania. ...Read more

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Hi im tess, im 40 female. Married. I have mood swings what change. I spend, alot, i get frusterated, had marrital affairs. Is this aspe or bipolar?

Hi im tess, im 40 female.  Married.  I have mood swings what  change.  I spend, alot, i get frusterated, had marrital affairs. Is this aspe or bipolar?

Mood swings: Of course we can't know without talking with you in detail, but what you describe sounds much closer to bipolar than asperger's. If you want a well-founded evaluation and helpful treatment, it's best to work with your own physician in your own community. This would seem like a good idea to me, but i don't know what you would like. ...Read more

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1yrhemiplegic mgrns, bipolar psych event, anx nos, maj depress disorder. Still want 2 hide, mood swings, don't feel meds wrk. 600 sera/100 topa/20 cele?

1yrhemiplegic mgrns, bipolar psych event, anx nos, maj depress disorder. Still want 2 hide, mood swings, don't feel meds wrk. 600 sera/100 topa/20 cele?

Bipolar management: Treatment of mood disorders often entails trials of various medications often in combination. These disorders are often chronic disorders requiring continuous medication monitoring with dosage adjustments or changes. Non medication therapies may also be necessary. Discuss your concerns with your md and take an active role in the treatment process. Remind yourself your illness is treatable. ...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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Emotional Instability (Definition)

Emotional instability is a clinical finding in which a person's mood either varies significantly over time between various emotions or a person frequently experiences a strong emotion like ...Read more