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If diagnosis unclear bipolar I or cyclothymia two different+psychiatrists does it matter? Treatment is same.

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: It could matter

The difference between bipolar i disorder and cyclothymia could be signicant and has to do with the presence or absence of a manic epidode.
The treatment could be different. Bipolar i disorder involves mania and is a more severe condition than cyclothymia and may involve treatment with medications which are more powerful such as those in the class called antipsychotics. Please discuss with the dr.

In brief: It could matter

The difference between bipolar i disorder and cyclothymia could be signicant and has to do with the presence or absence of a manic epidode.
The treatment could be different. Bipolar i disorder involves mania and is a more severe condition than cyclothymia and may involve treatment with medications which are more powerful such as those in the class called antipsychotics. Please discuss with the dr.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar vs. Cyclothy

Also, psychotherapy is essential along with medications.

In brief: Bipolar vs. Cyclothy

Also, psychotherapy is essential along with medications.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Mood DO Tx

Treatment is more aggressive in bipolar 1 to avoid extreme highs and lows.

In brief: Mood DO Tx

Treatment is more aggressive in bipolar 1 to avoid extreme highs and lows.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar

Treatment of bipolar 1 is different and more aggressive due to severity of symptoms, compared with cyclothymia, especially with medications, although both require psychotherapy as well.

In brief: Bipolar

Treatment of bipolar 1 is different and more aggressive due to severity of symptoms, compared with cyclothymia, especially with medications, although both require psychotherapy as well.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Similar

Treatment is similar, but not identical, as varying dosages of moos stabilizers are used.
Monitor the symptoms, stay in regular contact with your psychiatrist to facilitate med changes if needed, and find a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders.

In brief: Similar

Treatment is similar, but not identical, as varying dosages of moos stabilizers are used.
Monitor the symptoms, stay in regular contact with your psychiatrist to facilitate med changes if needed, and find a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Ian Cook
Psychiatry

In brief: Unequal evidence bas

The evidence base (rigorous controlled trials to show what treatments work and which do not) is much more extensive for bipolar i disorder than for cyclothymia.
While there are many approved treatments for bpi, there don't appear to be any agents w fda approval for cyclothymia, and pubmed shows very few treatments trials. So treatment for cyclothymia is less-well grounded.

In brief: Unequal evidence bas

The evidence base (rigorous controlled trials to show what treatments work and which do not) is much more extensive for bipolar i disorder than for cyclothymia.
While there are many approved treatments for bpi, there don't appear to be any agents w fda approval for cyclothymia, and pubmed shows very few treatments trials. So treatment for cyclothymia is less-well grounded.
Dr. Ian Cook
Dr. Ian Cook
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