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What is bipolar disorder?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
12 doctors agree

In brief: Manic depressive

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes.

In brief: Manic depressive

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Mania/Depression

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition which causes cycling of the mood between depression and mania.
Mania is characterized by extreme hyperactivity, exuberance and often insomnia. Depression usually exhibits the opposite. The cycles can be rapid or more slow and the extremes can be muted. It is important to diagnose properly because treatment differs from that of depression alone.

In brief: Mania/Depression

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition which causes cycling of the mood between depression and mania.
Mania is characterized by extreme hyperactivity, exuberance and often insomnia. Depression usually exhibits the opposite. The cycles can be rapid or more slow and the extremes can be muted. It is important to diagnose properly because treatment differs from that of depression alone.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

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.

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.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Mood Disorder

Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis.
When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or >.

In brief: Mood Disorder

Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis.
When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
helplessness, lack of joy, irritability, impaired functioning, guilt & suicidal thoughts or psychosis.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
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In brief: Manic depressive

Mood swing with patient can fluctuate between higher ( high) and lower (lows) or ffeling irritable.

In brief: Manic depressive

Mood swing with patient can fluctuate between higher ( high) and lower (lows) or ffeling irritable.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Bipolar disorder

The classical description of bipolar disease is the "very high and very low" disease with highs described as feeling like superman and lows as profound depression with a high rate of suicidal ideation.
However, more recently it has been associated with a more schizophrenic presentation not necessarily presenting with the very dramatic ups and downs (typically less of the manic phase).

In brief: Bipolar disorder

The classical description of bipolar disease is the "very high and very low" disease with highs described as feeling like superman and lows as profound depression with a high rate of suicidal ideation.
However, more recently it has been associated with a more schizophrenic presentation not necessarily presenting with the very dramatic ups and downs (typically less of the manic phase).
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