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Will Having A Hysterectomy Effect Bipolar Disorder
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
Not much: But there may be a change in your symptoms for the better. ...Read more
Unlikely, unless...: Hormones can have an affect on mood, but unless the ovaries are removed along with the uterus, hysterectomy is unlikely to have a direct affect on bipolar disorder. However, a person has not come to grip psychologically with losing their uterus (e.g. Not being able to get pregnant again), then hysterectomy can trigger a depressive episode and thus destabilized bipolar disorder. ...Read more
Depends: Hysterectomies can be partial (leaving in at least one ovary) or total, removing uterous and both ovaries. In the latter case memopause is induced which can cause more mood symptoms. Some gyns will give hormone replacement if the patient is not already in menopause. Make sure your psychiatrist is informed and can help with adjustments. ...Read more
Medication/PsychT: Medication and psychotherapy both help with bipolar disorder in different ways. Medication will help with mood fluctuations and psychotherapy will help with symptom recognition and prevention as well as establishing routine/schedule, improving sleep, coping with the diagnosis of bipolar and looking for the triggers of mood swings. ...Read more
Bipolar disorder: If you do have to explain it to people, the best way is to tell the truth, which is: my mood may change without any specific reasons. I may feel depressed for a while, and then i may feel unusually happy and "up" for no particular reason. I may say things which do not make much sense, and some people may even feel annoyed by my overtalkativeness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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