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What are the symptoms of a bipolar disorder? Are symptoms the same from person to person?
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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology
10 doctors agree
In brief: Everyone differs
All psychological disorders are based on a number of symptoms.
People will not have all the symptoms or the exact same symptoms as someone else in many cases. Also personality factors and personal history may change the expression of a symptom.

In brief: Everyone differs
All psychological disorders are based on a number of symptoms.
People will not have all the symptoms or the exact same symptoms as someone else in many cases. Also personality factors and personal history may change the expression of a symptom.
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Dr. Balminder Mangat
Bipolar Disorder is such, no two individual will show exactly the same symptoms. Depending on cluster of symptoms is the diagnosis eatablished People with closed head injury develop a disorder similar to Bipolar and treated as such. Many Drugs may mimick Bopolar. illness. So one cannot define it in simple terms. Was a time if pt was grandiose, Hyperverbal, flight of ideations and delusional.
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That was Bipolar
Dr. QH TRAN
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Depression and mania
First one has to meet criteria for a major depressive episode (low mood, poor appetite, insomnia, in attention, guilts, suicidal ideation, agitation or psychomotor retardation).
Second.One has to meet criteria for a manic episode (euphoria, irritability, decreased need of sleep, impulsivity, racing thoughts, grandiosity, increased goal-directed activities, pressured speech).

In brief: Depression and mania
First one has to meet criteria for a major depressive episode (low mood, poor appetite, insomnia, in attention, guilts, suicidal ideation, agitation or psychomotor retardation).
Second.One has to meet criteria for a manic episode (euphoria, irritability, decreased need of sleep, impulsivity, racing thoughts, grandiosity, increased goal-directed activities, pressured speech).
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
In brief: 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. Different people exhibit different symptoms, yes. No two bipolar sufferers are alike.

In brief: 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. Different people exhibit different symptoms, yes. No two bipolar sufferers are alike.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Bipolar
Symptoms of episodes of depression alternating with manic or hypomanic phases.
Depression includes changes in energy level, appetite, sleep, feelings of despair, and sadness. Mania is grandiosity, inflated self esteem, racing thoughts, no sleep, irritability or agitation, etc. Both can be accompanied with morbid thoughts and psychotic symptoms if severe.

In brief: Bipolar
Symptoms of episodes of depression alternating with manic or hypomanic phases.
Depression includes changes in energy level, appetite, sleep, feelings of despair, and sadness. Mania is grandiosity, inflated self esteem, racing thoughts, no sleep, irritability or agitation, etc. Both can be accompanied with morbid thoughts and psychotic symptoms if severe.
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