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Why Am I 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
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
Changing Moods: Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depressive disorder, is a mood disorder where an individual experiences at least one major depressive episode and one manic episode. The number, frequency, duration, and intensity of these episodes is highly variable from individual to individual. Check out the following web site for more info: www.Nimh.Nih.Com/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtml. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bipolar Disorder: is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Everyone has mood swings, but bipolar disorder is a diagnosable disorder with extreme mood swings quantitatively and qualitatively different from the norm. When terms such as depression, mania, bipolar, schizo, crazy, etc are used inappropriately or in a derogatory manner, it adds to the stigma of mental illness which may lead to failure to seek treatment, non-compliance, and even suicide. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Parental expectation: In addition to the "genetic" component and imbalanced chemicals in the brain, some bipolar patients had parents who had unrealistic expectations of them and "broke their hearts" by appearing to love them more for what they could accomplish than for who they were. "conditional love" hurts and sometimes the price paid by the often talented child will be difficulty following through on "achieving.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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