Can you have mania without depression in bipolar?

Yes. Mania is the hallmark feature of bipolar disorder. Though depression without mania or hypo mania is called unipolar depression, the presence of mania or hypo mania with or without depression is by definition bipolar.
Yes. Mania can be the first presentation in bipolar disorder and it tends to be the predominant presentation in the early course of the disorder. Over time, depression tends to become more pronounced.

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Could you have mania without obvious depression in bipolar?

High but not low? You could have a first episode of mania and have depressive episodes later or you could already have a history of bipolar and have another manic episode with little or no depression although recurrent depressive episodes are more common. If you have mania and depression at the same time it's called mixed episode. Read more...
Yes. Some people with bipolar disorder have only manic episodes. Most have depressive episodes, too, though the depression may emerge later than the mania. Read more...

Is Depakote used for bipolar depression as well as mania?

No. Depakote is formally approved for mania and mixed episodes (or irritable mania) in Bipolar Disorder. It is also commonly used as a maintenance medication (i.e. a true mood stabilizer) to decrease the total number of mood episodes in a year. However, it has not been shown to help depressions in Bipolar Disorder. Read more...

If bipolar can your mood veer more to mania than depression?

Moods. Depends on whether you are in treatment, how long, age & sex, & whether prior episodes were more of depressed or manic phases. Read more...
Yes. The pattern of mood cycling varies both between individuals as well as within the same individual. The pattern you describe is possible. Read more...

In bipolar, does mania and depression happen with a break between?

Sometimes No. There are generally three main forms of bipolar d/o- manic, depressed and mixed. Sometimes a person may have signs of mania and depression which coincide, that's called mixed. For some, there is what is known as rapid cycling, whereby one's moods change quickly, even daily or hourly. There are excellent treatments available. One needs to be careful with antidepressants, as they can make it worse. Read more...
Bipolar. Yes, moods can be normothymic between phases of depression/mania, and can last for months. Read more...
Yes and no.... People can have a different patterns of how their moods change. Some people have time in between periods of mania and depression in which they feel ok and the amount of time can vary. Others may switch with no time in between. Some can tend towards mild depression for a while before becoming more severely depressed and some can veer towards slight mania (hypo mania) before becoming truly manic. Read more...

How fast does a bipolar child cycle between mania and depression?

Also can be mixed. As mentioned, "cyclicality" can vary greatly. In addition, episodes can be "mixed", with suymptoms of both mania and depression manifesting concurrently. Read more...
Mood Disorders. What was previously referred to as Bipolar Disorder in children is now called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) under DSM V. Children can cycle very rapidly (or some may have longer durations in the different phases). Care by a child psychiatrist is very important. Read more...

Which a drugs do u prescribe for bipolar with equal mania and depression?

Bipolar disorder. There are many types of medications used to treat bipolar disorder with both symptoms of mania and depression. The treatment should be tailored to the patient's constellation of symptoms. Lithium, antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines are among the medications used. Read more...
Mood stabilizers. Mood stabilizers first such as antiepileptics like topamax, lamictal, divalproex, litium with careful monitoring or atypical antipsychotics such as abilify, resperdal, seroquel, zyprexa, clozaril, or geodon or more recently Safris, Latuda, (lurasidone) Fanapt, Invega They may need an atypical antipsychotic plus an antiepileptic at first if manic. Then the mood stabilizer can be augmented with antidepres. Read more...

Is topomax used for mania or depression associated with bipolar disorder?

4 VERY mild Bipolar. Topomax (topiramate) is a very mild mood stabilizer, which for most people is not strong/effective enough to treat mania or depression itself, but it can decrease mild mood swings, irritability, and excessive hunger/binge urges. Read more...
No. Topamax (topiramate) has not been proven effective for either the treatment of depression or mania associated with bipolar disorder. It has other uses that have been proven effective for seizure disorders and headache prevention. Read more...

Can people with bipolar have episodes of hypomania before depression as well as before mania?

Yes. This is the more common pattern of mania or hypomania followed by episodes of depression. As patients get older the manias become shorter and less frequent while the depression gets longer and worse. This is why early treatment is so important to prevent this worsening. Read more...
Yes. The pattern of mood cycling varies both between individuals as well as within the same individual. The pattern you describe is possible. Read more...

How effective is lamictal for bipolar disorder? What is typical dose for bipolar? Is it sometimes also used just for depression without mania?

Lamictal is an. Excellent medication. However, it takes a while to get the dose up to therapeutic so it isn't the drug to use to treat an acute episode of mania. My patients usually take any wheres from 100 to 400 mg per day. I have sometimes used it in a patient with unipolar depression who has not responded to other medication trials. Read more...
Good medicine. In my practice, i regularly prescribe both topiramate and lamotrigene for bipolar disorder. I have found each to be very effective when taken at full, therapeutic doses. Again, in my practice, I have found that 100-200mgs twice daily is an effective dose range. I have used it occasionally for recurrent depression without mania. Read more...
Based on evidence. Lamictal has proven effective in reducing risk of recurrence of mood episodes in bipolar disorder following treatment of the acute episode with standard of care recommended dose is 2000mg per day absent concurrent treatment with Carbamazepine or divalproex. The need for 6 week titration limits use as a treatment option in acute phase of illness. Read more...