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What are some signs and symptoms of being bi polar?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Multiple symptoms

Bipolar disorder may be associated with easy irritability, periods of elation varying w/ periods of sadness (as one matures there may be less elation and more periods of sadness), insomnia, lack of impulse control (ex:shopping spree, hypersexuality).
People may self-medicate in order to sleep or feel happier. There may be rapid, tangential speech (jumping from one subject to another).

In brief: Multiple symptoms

Bipolar disorder may be associated with easy irritability, periods of elation varying w/ periods of sadness (as one matures there may be less elation and more periods of sadness), insomnia, lack of impulse control (ex:shopping spree, hypersexuality).
People may self-medicate in order to sleep or feel happier. There may be rapid, tangential speech (jumping from one subject to another).
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Dr. Leonard Lado
Yet these symptoms may be masked if the person has a substance use disorder (SUD). The co-occurrence of bipolar disorders and SUDs is well-documented. Nearly 60% of individuals with bipolar disorder have a co-occurring SUD. Also approximately 41% of individuals with an alcohol use disorder and 60% of individuals with a drug use disorder have a co-occurring mood disorder. So drug abuse is the alert
Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry
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In brief: Bipolar and drugs

Bipolar may be masked if the person has a substance use disorder (sud).
The co-occurrence of bipolar disorders and suds is well-documented. Nearly 60% of individuals with bipolar disorder have a co-occurring sud. Also approximately 41% of individuals with an alcohol use disorder and 60% of individuals with a drug use disorder have a co-occurring mood disorder. So drug abuse is the alert.

In brief: Bipolar and drugs

Bipolar may be masked if the person has a substance use disorder (sud).
The co-occurrence of bipolar disorders and suds is well-documented. Nearly 60% of individuals with bipolar disorder have a co-occurring sud. Also approximately 41% of individuals with an alcohol use disorder and 60% of individuals with a drug use disorder have a co-occurring mood disorder. So drug abuse is the alert.
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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.

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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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