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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can smoking cigarettes and abusing alcohol look like bipolar disorder? I was diagnosed with bipolar after i started using. Now i quit and need info.
Has bipolar disorder, gets angry at kids and wife really fast for oblivious reasons and yells. gets worse with alcohol. Is it normal?
Bipolar: Mixing alcohol with Bipolar Disorder, on or off meds, is not a good idea ever. But Bipolar Disorder, carefully managed with a good Psychiatrist and Psychologist, can be very well managed. It is challenging sometimes to convince someone who has experienced mania to let go of that top of the world feeling. Please recommend that the patient or family at least talk to a Psychologist for advice and rec ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm currently taking antidepressants, a mood stabilizer, and an anti-anxiety med for bipolar disorder. They all warn that they can increase the effects of alcohol like drowsiness. But I'm finding that every time I drink, I don't feel hungover at all the n
Risky: Mixing your medications with alcohol creates problems you may not realize even if you're not hungover. See: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Medicine/medicine.htm Please be safe and discuss your use of alcohol with prescribing doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need help for a dual diagnosed person. My husband is bipolar and is addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine. He has medicare and federal blue cross and blue shield. He is danger to himself and family. I baker acted him numerous times but his psychiatrist ge
In : In the state of florida, the marchman act addresses getting help for individuals with serious problems with substance abuse, who are not open to treatment. This law can help families through the courts to get loved ones into court ordered and court monitored "intervention assessment stabilization, or detoxification, and long-term treatment". A family member can petition the court . Under the baker act, which is specific for psychiatric conditions, even if he has known psychiatric diagnoses, his doctor can only detain him against his will for a brief period unless there is court intervention and he is deemed to be at imminent risk to self or others. I suggest you obtain legal advice. Additionally, do not remain in the home iwith your spouse if you are afraid that you or your son are in danger. You can ask the police who intervened for local contact information regarding domestic violence advocacy. If is important that a safety plan be developed. "knights of kindness" lists a number of florida resources that may be beneficial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm bipolar, is it normal for my mood to get worse in the summer? I can't be home or outside, I feel trapped. And the urge for alcohol is constant.
Yes: there can be seasonal patterns. keep a mood log (examples online) and overtime you can notice symptoms, changes and triggers that can help stop or minimize exacerbations. keeping a manic episode at bay or from getting worse can obviously be a lifesaver. you might be able to even try dose increases in mood stabilizer as winter wanes and spring begins and prevent something altogether. ...Read more
Makes them worse: For many or even most people suffering from bipolar disorder, the combination of alcohol and their manic state is like dynamite. Alcohol almost always causes those with mania to become much worse. Also, alcohol usually does not mix well with the medications used to treat bipolar d/o. Alcohol can lead to adverse and unpredictable reactions when mixed with medications and can also neutralize them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info.: It would depend on the amount of alcohol and the type of meds. If social drinking (meaning 3 or less over a few hours), then 2-3 hours afterwards should be OK (and for the meds listed above). If more heavy intake, then need to wait longer. If an hour lapses for each drink, then you are most likely OK for medicating. ...Read more
Do health consequences result from mixing bipolar medication and drinking alcohol constantly? If so, what happens?
Unstable mood & more: If you're bipolar, mixing your medications with alcohol is like pouring gasoline on a fire. You can destabilize your sleep cycle and mood. You can over sedate yourself at times. You can expose yourself to danger when intoxicated. Please discuss this with your own doctor, who knows your particular history, medications, and risks better than we can on healthtap. ...Read more
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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