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For bipolar patients, what is the typical length of a cycle, be it manic or depressive.?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
11 doctors agree

In brief: No typical length

Bipolar disorder is highly variable across individuals and for the same individual during the life course.
Some start only with depressions, with mania happening infrequently or not at all; others, with mania. Episodes can last days to weeks or months, even with treatment; but, effective treatment can shorten the length and severity of episodes and prevent new ones..

In brief: No typical length

Bipolar disorder is highly variable across individuals and for the same individual during the life course.
Some start only with depressions, with mania happening infrequently or not at all; others, with mania. Episodes can last days to weeks or months, even with treatment; but, effective treatment can shorten the length and severity of episodes and prevent new ones..
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Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Rapid-cycling

Fyi: sometimes treatment (of a bipolar patient) with antidepressants can catapult the patient into a full-blown manic episode and/or, over time, mysteriously accelerate the "cycling" of affective lability, i.
e., create "rapid-cycling." it's sobering that antidepressants (especially without simultaneous administration of mood stabilizers) can compound an existing problem.

In brief: Rapid-cycling

Fyi: sometimes treatment (of a bipolar patient) with antidepressants can catapult the patient into a full-blown manic episode and/or, over time, mysteriously accelerate the "cycling" of affective lability, i.
e., create "rapid-cycling." it's sobering that antidepressants (especially without simultaneous administration of mood stabilizers) can compound an existing problem.
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Dr. Arman Danielyan
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar disorder

It varies.
In order to be formally diagnosed with "mania", the symptoms of mania should last at least for 7 days. If untreated, it may last for many more weeks or even months. Since manic states are typically pretty severe and dysfunctional, patients end up in some type of treatment fairly soon. Depressive episode is diagnosed if the symptoms last >2 weeks. If untreated, it may last for months.

In brief: Bipolar disorder

It varies.
In order to be formally diagnosed with "mania", the symptoms of mania should last at least for 7 days. If untreated, it may last for many more weeks or even months. Since manic states are typically pretty severe and dysfunctional, patients end up in some type of treatment fairly soon. Depressive episode is diagnosed if the symptoms last >2 weeks. If untreated, it may last for months.
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