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When Does Bipolar Disorder Develop
Stability!: Work closely with your doctor to find the medications that work for you. And, looking back, try to identify the earliest symptoms that you can when it started to go bad. The earlier you can let your doc know you're not right, the faster you 2 can get you back into balance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The lay term is manic depression. It is a mood cycling condition in which a person has periods of elevated mood & energy, little sleep, racing thoughts & grandiose ideas. The person may engage in risky behaviors, spend a lot or work a lot. These episodes alternate w/ periods of depression for at least 2 wks. The duration & severity of the manic sx determines the ...Read more
Why do I keep on thinking that i may have bipolar disorder? If i keep doing this will i develop it?
Assessment: You cannot think yourself into an illness, any more than if you think you will develop diabetes, you will. I don't know what symptoms you are experiencing that lead you to believe you may be bipolar. Talk these over with your doctor or a psychiatrist. Sounds like there may be some anxiety linked in here, as can happen with any disease you haven't had diagnosed and are having symptoms from. ...Read more
Yes: There are new cases that are seen without a family history of mood disorder. There are some family lines in which multiple members have had some form of bipolar spectrum disorder. There may be other family lines with history of alcoholism, anxiety disorder or depression - but no known history of bipolar disorder. ...Read more
It can happen: although bipolar appears to have hereditary relationship, it is not always seen in all cases. This may mean that the family relative was many generations back or undiagnosed. If you are concerned that you may have it, consult with a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Statistically, individuals who have adhd have no greater chance of developing bipolar disorder than the average population so long as there is no family history of bipolar disorder. There is some statistically greater chance of having adhd is someone has bipolar disorder, but the connection there is unclear. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a link between bipolar disorder and sexual abuse? It was suspected I was abused, and then developed bipolar disorder after the incident.
Possibly, but...: In my practice, in my experience, the vast majority of bipolar patients have not been sexually abused. Bipolar disorder is primarily a biologically inherited disorder which usually first appears in late teens or early twenties. You also say "it was suspected" meaning that you don't remember any abuse, which also casts doubt. Please get the best available treatment, which can be meds and therapy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I develop bipolar disorder after being on almost all the antipsychotics for over four years. diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. ?
See below: Some likely scenarios are that it was not possible to see the bipolar symptoms clearly at first but bipolar was the problem all along or that bipolar symptoms show up in addition to schizophrenia symptoms, which is called schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Manic depressive disorder is also known as Bipolar disorder. 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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