Why don't doctors give medication to all patients with bipolar disorder?

Individual. A doctor must weigh the potential benefit of a medication against the risk of side effects. Bipolar disorder is not a single illness. there are variations of intensity and symptoms. If a doctor feels the patient does not need medication to control the symptoms s/he will not prescribe.

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How long does it take for a doctor to diagnose bipolar disorder on a new patient?

Not long. How long it takes you to distinguish from an orange to an apple , same way psychiatrists are highly trained professionals will not have problem , . Read more...
Minutes. Criteria is very straightforward even for whoever is not a specialist; experienced psychiatrists can consider and rule it out or in, within a few seconds in most cases. Read more...

How can I find a doctor in my city that deals specifically with bipolar disorder? My gp has been handling my medications for the past few years.

Ask around. People you could ask include your gp, or people at your local chapter of organizations of patients suffering from mental illness and their families - examples of which in the us would be nami.Org, nmha.Org and dbsalliance.Org. Read more...

Besides Seroquel, (quetiapine) what would be the best medications you would prescribe for a patient with bipolar disorder and severe insomnia?

Actually. Although it might seem to some like it wouldn't work - I have had great results mixing Buspar (buspirone) & melatonin. Prazosin can be used off label for sleep. Any of the other neuroleptics can be considered. Some use trazodone as well. Then there the formal sleep medications. Take care. Read more...

All these medications, but no diagnosis? I'm 22, and suffer from depression, and anxiety. When I see my doctor, he usually writes "bipolar disorder" across my file, but tells me I do not have bipolar disorder. He has had me on several medications includin

Seek 2nd opinion. If you are not satisfied with the answers you are getting, perhaps a 2nd opinion would be in order. A fresh look at things might be of use. Read more...
I am confused. It would be best to ask your doctor. Maybe you have already done this. Bipolar disorder is a serious condition, and it needs to be diagnosed appropriately by a trained professional in that field. Unfortunately there are no tests for these conditions and you pretty much rely on professionals to label you. I too am confused and concerned about the discrepancy. Best wishes. Read more...

Am I bipolar? My doctor said the odds of me having bipolar disorder are slim because all the members of my family have only been diagnosed with depression. I have no idea but when im on depression medication I am so mad at everything. I'm either mad or zom

I . I really recommend that you speak to your doctor. If you feel more angry when on antidepressant medication, you need to let your doctor know. It could mean that particular medication is not the right choice for you. You might need a different antidepressant or may even another class of psychiatric medication. If you abruptly stop taking certain antidepressants that can give you more emotional symptoms or can make you physically ill. Please don't give up. Work side by side with your doctor, so that the two of you together can figure out what works best for you. Read more...
A good question. In many instances a person with underlying bipolar has only experienced (so far) the depressive pole: the poles often do not alternate. It is then very hard to distinguish "unipolar depression" from "bipolar depression". One important indicator of bpd is indeed significant irritability (or outright mania) provoked by antidepressants. You should discuss this with your prescriber. Read more...