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Could a family member/friend/partner aid in the treatment of bipolar?

Could a family member/friend/partner aid in the treatment of bipolar?

Absolutely: Offer support. Encourage healthy lifestyle including diet, exercise and avoidance of substance use. Educate self about the condition. Don't be critical or blaming.

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My partner had a manic bipolar episode. Does it matter if I'm there physically with him? Everyone is telling me what they think I want to hear.

My partner had a manic bipolar episode. Does it matter if I'm there physically with him? Everyone is telling me what they think I want to hear.

Depends on severity: Sometimes people in manic states need to be on a psych ward, in which case, not really.
Wiht the more common milder epeisodes, orienting to reality and having stability and reassurance is quite helpful.

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My partner is collecting condoms & elastic band &vaseline secretively on his overseas business trip, yet can't perform with me. He's bipolar 2 why?

My partner is collecting condoms & elastic band &vaseline secretively on his overseas business trip, yet can't perform with me. He's bipolar 2 why?

Maybe the best: Place to start is to think about what the ground rules are for your relationship. Then perhaps he can see a doctor or sex therapist. Maybe he's trying to prove something to himself by this behavior. Peace and good health.

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My partner believes I am bipolar/depression. How to I get myself to seek treatment when I'm having depressed symptoms? (no motivation, self-loathing)

My partner believes I am bipolar/depression. How to I get myself to seek treatment when I'm having depressed symptoms? (no motivation, self-loathing)

You are seeking!: Asking this question is a big step in the right direction. It might seem insignificant, as you say, depressed symptoms can really put you in a bind when it comes to getting help. If you don't have the energy or motivation to find a therapist, ask your partner to help. It might be easier to get help than you think. Good luck.

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How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships

How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships

Get support: A person's emotional problems can be just as stressful as physical illness in a relationship. Suggest you see a mental health professional for guidance and support. Be sure to make time for yourself. Connect with others for help. Look into NAMI or local support groups: http://www. Nami. Org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers. I hope this helps. Best wishes.

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S lithium the best treatment for bipolar depression?

S lithium the best treatment for bipolar depression?

Yes: Lithium, lamictal, and atypical antipsychotics (seroquel, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon, (ziprasidone) abilify) are probably the first line agents for bipolar depression. Antidepressants can make bipolar depression turn into bipolar mania in some people, and should probably be reserved for situations in which the first line agents have failed.

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What is bipolar?

What is bipolar?

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.

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What is bipolar?

What is bipolar?

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,

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Are we all bipolar?

Are we all bipolar?

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.

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I think I got Bipolar?

I think I got Bipolar?

See below: If you think you have any of the symptoms of a bipolar disorder, it would be good to be to get yourself evaluated by a mental health professional.

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

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

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

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.

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How do you treat bipolar?

How do you treat bipolar?

Treatment: Bipolar disorder is usually treated with combination therapy to include family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and medications such as atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers or antidepressants. Inpatient hospitalization is sometimes necessary.

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Bipolar is caused by what?

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.".

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What the signs of bipolar?

What the signs of bipolar?

Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations.

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

EVALUATE: Bd is a biochemical/phisiologic illness, generally long- lasting, generally with recurrent serious depression and/or very energized, ill considered and sometimes psychotic behavior. The DX is made too casually these days, based on an episode of angry behavior and DX should be made ; confirmed with an expert. Treatment is generally manditory to manage.

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How do I know I'm bipolar?

How do I know I'm bipolar?

Get eval: When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity & even psychosis. When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, change in appetite, poor self est

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What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment. There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters.

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