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Can you please explain bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
13 doctors agree

In brief: Manic Episodes

By definition, a person needs to have what is known as a manic episode (or something called a mixed episode) in order to have bipolar disorder.
It can be rather confusing that one does not also need to have episodes of depression, althought most people with bipolar disorder do have both-episodes of mania and depression. That is why the old name, manic-depression is not always so great.

In brief: Manic Episodes

By definition, a person needs to have what is known as a manic episode (or something called a mixed episode) in order to have bipolar disorder.
It can be rather confusing that one does not also need to have episodes of depression, althought most people with bipolar disorder do have both-episodes of mania and depression. That is why the old name, manic-depression is not always so great.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar

Is a mood disorder characterized by highs (manic or hypomanic phases) & lows (depressed phases).
Mood swings shift from one pole to the opposite, hence the term bipolar.

In brief: Bipolar

Is a mood disorder characterized by highs (manic or hypomanic phases) & lows (depressed phases).
Mood swings shift from one pole to the opposite, hence the term bipolar.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Mood swings

The simple answer is episodes of depression and mania separated by periods of relatively "normal" mood.
It is a strongly inheritable disorder and the sooner it is recognized and appropriately treated the better the prognosis. A psychiatrist can help you find the treatment that works best for you.

In brief: Mood swings

The simple answer is episodes of depression and mania separated by periods of relatively "normal" mood.
It is a strongly inheritable disorder and the sooner it is recognized and appropriately treated the better the prognosis. A psychiatrist can help you find the treatment that works best for you.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Neurobiological prob

Bipolar disorder is a complex, neurobiologic problem that impedes temperament control and has significant mood and anxiety problems.
These symptom complexes can cycle quickly or slowly. Bpd starts in childhood and persists into adulthood. It is broken down into subgroups depending on the current cycle stage. It is highly heritable and usually requires intense medical & psychological treatment.

In brief: Neurobiological prob

Bipolar disorder is a complex, neurobiologic problem that impedes temperament control and has significant mood and anxiety problems.
These symptom complexes can cycle quickly or slowly. Bpd starts in childhood and persists into adulthood. It is broken down into subgroups depending on the current cycle stage. It is highly heritable and usually requires intense medical & psychological treatment.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Answer to Ugly1

Yes it's highly heritable.
That means its highly likely to be inherited. Most neuropsychiatric disorders are highly genetically linked or inherited. Bipolar is the most heritable one of them all. When we're making the diagnosis of bpd, we always look to the family history for other cases.

In brief: Answer to Ugly1

Yes it's highly heritable.
That means its highly likely to be inherited. Most neuropsychiatric disorders are highly genetically linked or inherited. Bipolar is the most heritable one of them all. When we're making the diagnosis of bpd, we always look to the family history for other cases.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: BAD ?

I agree with what the other physicians has written.
It is chronic remittent illness . Require ongoing med compliance , therapy and refraining from all illicit drug use.

In brief: BAD ?

I agree with what the other physicians has written.
It is chronic remittent illness . Require ongoing med compliance , therapy and refraining from all illicit drug use.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bipolar affective

Hypomanic episode : elevated , expansive or irritable mood lasting at least 4 days , but clearly different from the usual non depressed mood, .

In brief: Bipolar affective

Hypomanic episode : elevated , expansive or irritable mood lasting at least 4 days , but clearly different from the usual non depressed mood, .
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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