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What can I do if my family is plagued with OCD and severe anxiety disorders, why am i the only one bipolar?

What can I do if my family is plagued with OCD and severe anxiety disorders, why am i the only one bipolar?

Nonspecific genes: Generally speaking, emotional disorders run in families and don't necessarily have to follow a "match" pattern in that my parent has "x" so i develop "x." rather, non-specific genetic vulnerabilities to respond to stress in a certain fashion, predisposition to experience "negative affect or emotion, " and psychological vulnerabilities interact to create the risk for certain disorders. ...Read more

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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

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


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What are the symtoms of bipolar disorder?

What are the symtoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar affective di: Bipolar affective disorder (bpad) is characterized by both manic and depressive episodes. Manic episodes typically last a few days with decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem, energy, and activity. Depressive episodes are 2 weeks or more of decreased energy, motivation, and self esteem. Episodes may be separated by days, weeks, months, or even years. ...Read more

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I've developed bipolar disorder. What should I be watching out for in the future?

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 more

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How common is it for somebody to get bipolar disorder?

How common is it for somebody to get bipolar disorder?

Bipolar frequency: You don't catch bipolar disorder like a cold or cancer. You are born with a biologic predisposition and this might manifest at a certain age or be triggered by stress or drug use (incl antidepressants). Stats are 1% of general population but can be as high as 10-30% of individuals who have bipolar parents. Severity can vary greatly and early treatment can be very effective. ...Read more

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What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

Many types: There is bipolar i and bipolar ii. There are phases such as manic, mixed and depressed types, there are mild, moderate and severe forms. The severe forms may be with or without psychotic features. Finally, there is bipolar disorder, nos which stands for not otherwise specified. This has also been termed atypical bipolar d/o. ...Read more

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Can a person with a major bipolar disorder live a full productive life?

Yes: Bipolar disorder, like any other illness, can have different levels of severity. Many productive individuals suffer from the illness, including a famous psychologist from johns hopkins university who wrote a biography about living with the illness. Many famous actors, comedians and singers also live productive lives despite their illness. In some cases the illness can be severe but not for all. ...Read more

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How do you explain to your child that he has a bipolar disorder?

Talk behavior not dx: Labels such as bipolar disorder are useful shorthand but convey little information, especially for children. Simple, age-appropriate descriptions of the problem--e.g., "you get upset really easily, " you get so mad that you break things or try to hurt yourself"--are far more likely to get your child on board with the treatment plan of "we want to help with that." diagnosis can wait till later. ...Read more

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Can you please explain bipolar disorder?

Manic Episodes: By definition, a person needs to have what is known as a manic episode (or something called a mixed episode) in order to have bipolar disorder. It can be rather confusing that one does not also need to have episodes of depression, althought most people with bipolar disorder do have both-episodes of mania and depression. That is why the old name, manic-depression is not always so great. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive : Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes. ...Read more

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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

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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