Could I have had manic episode without being bipolar or depressed?

Yes. Technically and officially, if a person has an episode of mania, that qualifies them as having bipolar disorder, even if they have never been depressed a day in their lives. That is why the old name- manic depression is confusing.
Yes. Episodes that are manic are not uncommon, & do not always mean the person will have ongoing bipolar disorder. Many non-intrinsic factors (lifestyle, personality issues, street drugs, etc.) may trigger rare mania that is not truly bpd. But mania should be taken seriously, and be effectively addressed & monitored. By the way, the diagnosis of "bipolar" doesn't require any episodes of depression.

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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...

Psychiatrist diagnosed me w/ Bipolar Disorder, but won't say which 1. Have frequent severe mania, mild depression & mixed episodes. Which BPD is it?

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. Read more...
Bipolar Disorder. I understand your concern. Likely Diagnosis is- Bipolar Disorder, Most Recent Episode Manic, or Bipolar Disorder, Most Recent Episode Mixed Thank you for information about using Concerta, it can cause emotional lability, mania, insomnia and hallucinations. See Psychiatrist for definitive Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, Therapy for stress.in your life, Breathing Relaxation and Yoga. Read more...
Bipolar Disorder. If you actually have severe mania plus depressive episodes and not just hypomania - you may have Bipolar 1 Disorder. I would sit down with your psychiatrist to find out if the type of bipolar disorder has actually been delineated yet. Take care. Read more...

Does the DSM-V acknowledge mixed episodes in bipolar II disorder? My mood shifts: depression, hypomania, mixed episodes but no mania is this BPI or II

Yes. The DSM-4 did not, but DSM-5 removed that oversight. There is very little real world distinction between the two classifications apart from full mania or hypomania. Might even be the same illness but simply a matter of severity on a spectrum (like Rheumatoid Arthritis for instance). Please visit with a capable psychiatrist for top notch care! Read more...
This distinction may. Be understood & applied to ur case on talking w ur MD. In very basic terms, what distinguishes bipolar I from bipolar II is presence of mania, as opposed to hypomania only. Some sxs are severe enough that they only occur in Bipolar I or mixed episodes including delusions, sxs, necessitating immediate hospitalization, catatonic sxs. Talk with ur md abt ur case specifically for best dx & care! :) . Read more...

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...

Can you have mania without depression in 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. Read more...
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. 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...