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Why did I use alcohol to deal with my bipolar disease before I was diagnosed?

Why did I use alcohol to deal with my bipolar disease before I was diagnosed?

Self medication : Folks with bipolar disorders use easily available drugs to self medicate. The "big three" are nicotine, alcohol, & marijuana. Unfortunately, these drugs don't help, & frequently worsen core symptoms. Patients with bpd, who are unaware of their condition, will find marginal help from their symptoms with self medication. When the diagnosis is made, they are able to get better with medications. ...Read more

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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


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I was diagnosed with bipolar but I don't remember experiencing mania. I don't want to take unnecessary meds. How can I bring this up with my doctor?

I was diagnosed with bipolar but I don't remember experiencing mania. I don't want to take unnecessary meds. How can I bring this up with my doctor?

Good question: Tell your doctor you want to understand what bipolar diagnosis means as it applies to you. Ask your parents or other family to tell you how you acted when this diagnosis was made. Important to have this open discussion. Ask if your diagnosis could have been something else. Great to question your diagnosis to better understand yourself. See: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/bipolar.html ...Read more

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I have been given Clomethiazole I thought I was to cut down alcohol and it's working, now I read talking with alcohol can be fatal, what should I do?

I have been given Clomethiazole I thought I was to cut down alcohol and it's working, now I read talking with alcohol can be fatal, what should I do?

Don't drink?: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8679018 Clomethiazole is a sedative with overlapping effects of all sedatives including alcohol. As such, it is a "hair of the dog" treatment for potentially fatal alcohol withdrawal (like valium, ativan, (lorazepam) etc). It is used in this context for UNDER A WEEK, tapered and stopped. ...Read more

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I have had one counselling session. He asked me if i had mental health issue in my past. I used to have problems eating and throwing up. Do i tell ?

I have had one counselling session. He asked me if i had  mental health issue in my past. I used to have problems eating and throwing up. Do i tell ?

Yes: It sounds like you have had a history of an eating disorder, which is considered having a mental health issue in the past. It can be difficult to open up to a new counselor, but if they are good at what they do, they will be skilled in addressing this topic in a sensitive manner with you. ...Read more

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My therapist has diagnosed me with bipolar 2. My psychiatrist says I have mdd b/c I do not have periods of time that I do not sleep?

My therapist has diagnosed me with bipolar 2. My  psychiatrist says I have mdd b/c I do not have periods of time that I do not sleep?

Hard Differentiating: Both bipolar 2 and mdd are mood disorders and mdd is a predominant feature of bipolar disorder 2. Hypomania or minor mania with mdd is bipolar 2. A good history should help differentiate the two which is some times hard. Psychiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat. Hopefully has taken a good history and talked to your therapist before making this decision as treatment would differ greatly. ...Read more

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How do I need to know if i need psyc meds again? I was in remission for yrs. I was diagnosed with mania. I feel like a failure if i go back on.

How do I need to know if i need psyc meds again? I was in remission for yrs. I was diagnosed with mania. I feel like a failure if i go back on.

Sensitive: but, yes: If you really did have mania as part of bipolar, it is a lifelong condition and untreated causes more problems as one ages. Treated, it can be 100% managed. Some the world's, and history's, greatest achieves have or had bipolar. Read dr. Kay jamison's "touched with fire". ...Read more

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What to do if i self-medicated with adderal for 2 years. Did i damage my brain?

What to do if i self-medicated with adderal for 2 years. Did i damage my brain?

Need to clarify: I am not sure what you mean. If you had a prescription i would expect that was because you have a diagnosis of adhd or add. If that is the case then use of rx medication would be appropriate. If you were using it without a prescription and for other reasons you may have fallen into a pattern of dependance that may require assistance in learning how to function without this medication. ...Read more

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When I had my 1st heartbreak I was depressed for 3 yrs & I wouldn't talk to any boys I cried everyday. Could this be related to me being bipolar?

Yes. Bipolar is an: extreme mood-swing disorder, but the cycles can be very long (5 years) or very short (30 seconds). Bi-polar is characterized by very high, highs or very low, lows, and again, either can last or be fleeting. If you happen to be stuck in the lows for a long time, your crying would be predictable. Meds could be very helpful for you, so go to a psychiatrist right away. Therapy is indicated, to ...Read more

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Is long-term use of SSRI's safe? I have been on SSRI's for 10 years. I trusted my Dr. who told me it was safe and easy to stop. Was I lied to? Scared

Is long-term use of SSRI's safe? I have been on SSRI's for 10 years. I trusted my Dr. who told me it was safe and easy to stop. Was I lied to? Scared

Long term SSRIs: Many patients are on SSRIs for many many years and have been tolerating, so it could be safe. The question you may wanna ask is whether you need them! It depends on what the indication was in the first place. The most common one is depression and usually we prescribe them for about 6 months then reevaluate. If the depression is resolved and stresses are gone, then we give it a try and taper off. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with post natal depression and its a nightmare. How do I get over this?

I was diagnosed with post natal depression and its a nightmare. How do I get over this?

Groups : Postpartum depressive disorder is real, is not just due to pregnancy, and requires aggressive thorough help. Medications, counseling and most importantly support groups of women who have successfully dealt with this are the best treatment options. Men and husbands need to be educated about this condition as they are often dismissive of it, thinking it's some some variant of women "things.". ...Read more

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What can I do to help my wife wich was just recently diagnosed with depression?

What can I do to help my wife wich was just recently diagnosed with depression?

Be supportive: Medication for depression is now the standard of care. Medications can shorten the duration of a major depressive episode and lengthen or eliminate recurrances. Work with her physician to find the best preparation with the least side effects for her. Help her to remember to take it as prescribed. ...Read more

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I am suffering from hyperemasis and it's been hard for me to deal with because I never been through this before until I got pregnant with my baby. I want to know how can I deal with this problem? I been went to the hospital and got treatment but I am stil

I am suffering from hyperemasis and it's been hard for me to deal with because I never been through this before until I got pregnant with my baby. I want to know how can I deal with this problem? I been went to the hospital and got treatment but I am stil

Tough one: VERY DIFFICULT to dealt with. Make sure you are in touch with your OB provider. There are medications which can help. Small, frequent snacking and fluids (hourly if able) to help maintain calorie intake and hydration. Sometimes I have had to admit my OB patients with this condition to hospital to treat, at minimum I see them weekly. Hope this is not the case for you. Hope this was helpful DrR ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and i feel as if i was mis diagnosed my question is how do I get the diagnosis reversed?

I was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and i feel as if i was mis diagnosed my question is how do I get the diagnosis reversed?

Borderline PD: Borderline pd can underlie anxiety and depression, and describes chronic, fixed patterns of responding and interacting. It may take some time working with someone to see overall patterns. If you disagree with your psychiatrist's understanding of your difficulties, get a second opinion from another equally trained psychiatrist -- carefully reviewing your history and response to treatment. ...Read more

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How do I overcome my agoraphobia? But also have epilepsy. When i was fourteen i was diagnosed with epilepsy. Never had it before it just seem to come along....As the years passed i developed a case of agoraphobia...It has taken just about complete control

How do I overcome my agoraphobia? But also have epilepsy. When i was fourteen i was diagnosed with epilepsy. Never had it before it just seem to come along....As the years passed i developed a case of agoraphobia...It has taken just about complete control

Epilepsy : Epilepsy is frequently diagnosed during the first 20 or so years of life. I hope that your medications are successfully controlling your seizures. The issue of agoraphobia is something that would be worth discussing with your doctor who will probably suggest psychiatric help to overcome your fears. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with ic. I am going in for hydrodestention next week and i'm scared to death. What can I expect?

I was just diagnosed with ic. I am going in for hydrodestention next week and i'm scared to death. What can I expect?

IC: Your bladder will be over distended under anesthesia with water or sterile saline. You will wake up and hopefully your symptoms will gradually improve. You may notice some blood in the urine for a short period. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with add and OCD when I was younger. do I have cyclothymia too?

I was diagnosed with add and OCD when I was younger. do I have cyclothymia too?

If you have OCD: it may be that you have become fixated on a diagnosis such as cyclothymia (mood swings but not bipolar). Please see a mental health professional for an evaluation and treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2012 but don't feel like I have it anymore. Will my psychiatrist let me stop medication? Unlikely?

I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2012 but don't feel like I have it anymore. Will my psychiatrist let me stop medication? Unlikely?

ParanoidSchizophreni: I understand your distress. Thank you for informing about Anxiety, and Klonopin (clonazepam). I commend you for overcoming Paranoid Schizophrenia Klonopin (clonazepam) is not a medication for Paranoid Schizophrenia It is for Anxiety and panic symptoms Become Captain of your thoughts, feelings, symptoms, and daily activities ;express your feelings and concerns about medication to Psychiatrist; have Therapy for stress. ...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, ...Read more


Did (Definition)

DID is an acronym for "Dissociative identity disorder" or "Multiple personality disorder" (psychiatric disorders). It is also ...Read more