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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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Has bipolar disorder, gets angry at kids and wife really fast for oblivious reasons and yells. gets worse with alcohol. Is it normal?

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 more

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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.

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

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How does alcohol affect people suffering from bipolar?

How does alcohol affect people suffering from bipolar?

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 more

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If i drank alcohol how long would I have to wait to take medication for (bipolar,sleep) ?

If i drank alcohol how long would I have to wait to take medication for (bipolar,sleep) ?

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

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Do health consequences result from mixing bipolar medication and drinking alcohol constantly? If so, what happens?

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

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What are the dangers of drinking alcohol while on bipolar and anti psychotic meds?

What are the dangers of drinking alcohol while on bipolar and anti psychotic meds?

My opinion: There r many but in my experience it is difficult to get the meds right 2 control the symptoms & be tolerable for the patient--why throw in unnecessary chemicals (alcohol) that may throw every thing off? ...Read more

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Hello, I've started taking 1mg respiridone for my bipolar tendencies. Want to know if I'm at a deadly danger by drinking alcohol while taking it?

Hello, I've started taking 1mg respiridone for my bipolar tendencies. Want to know if I'm at a deadly danger by drinking alcohol while taking it?

Moderation helps: Risperidone is an antipsychotic with minimal sedative properties. Alcohol can add to sedation. Also, drinking more than recommended quantities could worsen bipolar itself theoretically. I would advise moderation definitely while drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Bipolar and alcohol: You would be a tough patient to diagnose because although alcohol abuse can look exactly like bipolar disorder, it is very common for bipolar persons to abuse alcohol and other drugs in an attempt to self treat depression or during periods of mania. If you've quit abusing alcohol, this is great and you should see your psychiatric now that you're sober and you may get a better evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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