Bipolar disorder is a mental illness. Approximately 8 million American adults may be affected by bipolar disorder. It is characterized by episodes of depression (extreme lows or bipolar depression) and mania (extreme highs or bipolar mania).
Bipolar disorder affects all types of people
If you have bipolar disorder, you’re not alone. In the United States, estimates suggest about 8 million American adults may be affected by this serious mental illness. Bipolar disorder impacts both men and women of all ethnic groups.
While this illness can cause extreme mood swings, most people with bipolar disorder spend more time in the depressive phase than the manic or hypomanic phase when they are ill or symptomatic (in other words, when they are symptomatic, they experience more “lows”—or bipolar depression—than “highs”).
Bipolar depression facts
Extreme lows, or bipolar depression, can be so overwhelming that it can take the joy out of life. You may lose interest in things and activities you once enjoyed. You may feel extremely sad, worthless, or guilty. You may also appear restless or have trouble thinking. Bipolar depression will not just go away on its own; left untreated, it can lead to thoughts of death and suicide. But with treatment, for many people, bipolar depression symptoms can be managed, just as the symptoms of other chronic illnesses—such as asthma or high blood pressure—can be managed.
Bipolar mania facts
Bipolar mania is an “extreme high” mood. During a manic high, people feel unusually euphoric. It’s common to be overly talkative, have lots of energy, and need little sleep. Some people experience extreme irritability or an increased sex drive, or engage in provocative or intrusive behavior.
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A Serious Question About Bipolar.?
Please Read This First And Help Me.
Im Currently 14 And Lost My Father At Age 4.
Then I Had A Stepdad Which Is The Only Father Figure I Remember Most, But He Cheated And Got Divorced When I Was About 12/13
My Mom Is With A Man Who Is Cheating On His Wife And Baby Daughter And I Feel Really Insecure About Talking To My Family. Im Very Shy, Paranoid, And Have Had Deep Depression Shortly After The Divorce.
But Lately Ive Started To Have Moodswings From The Deep Low'S Of Suicide, To The Highs Of Sky. Its Really Worrying Me, So I Looked It Up, And It Said I Had Bipolar As I Matched All The Descriptions, Took 10+ Quizzes And Tests And They All Said I Have Bipolar. I Even Have The Upsides. And I Really Dont Know What To Do Because When I Get Sad, Im Literally Trying To Kill Myself And Crying Until I Get A Massive Mood Swing 10 Minutes Later And The Next Day Im Really Happy.
I Dont Tend To Sleep A Lot, I Have Brilliant Skills In Instruments, Writing, Etc
And I Took This Quiz, And My Score Was Inbetween 34 And The Highest I Had Was 41 Which Is Scary Seen As Most People Score Under 20, Or Dont Even Need To Take The Test.
I Have Looked Literally Everywhere And I Get Set Off By All The Signs, Have All The Symptoms And May Of Had It Run In The Family Along With Heart Problems.
Do I Have Bipolar Disorder? How Bad Is It?
What Medication Would I Need? Should I Go And See My Gp Before Something Happens?
I cannot say whether you have bipolar disorder or not. Only a psychiatrist can evaluate and give you a proper diagnostic code for a mental illness. However, you are at the age where if bipolar disorder is prevalent in your gene pool, the likelihood of development is in the teens to early twenties. You are also describing some of the classic symptoms of borderline personality disorder, which can be hard to differentiate with bipolar disorder. From the description of your home/family life, there are some triggers and reasons why borderline would be suspected. Therefore, a psychiatrist would be most qualified at giving you a correct diagnosis. I would pass up the general practitioner. Although they have a ‘general working knowledge’ of mental disorders, the extent of their knowledge is ‘very limited’. To get an accurate diagnosis and avoid years of being over-medicated, under-medicated, or not treated properly at all, see a psychiatrist. Psychiatrist adhere strictly to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), which is a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association. It covers all mental health illnesses for children and adults and lists causes, statistics, gender related issues, age of onset and diagnosis, as well as insight relating to treatment methods. General Practitioners take their 'best guess' and go with that. They may make a huge mistake with their diagnosis, and you may be medicated wrong and not get well. This could pro-long your recovery and cause a lot of relapses.
What Are The Reasons For Dsm Iv-Tr?
The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is a guideline for doctors to make psychiatric diagnoses. It's also used by researchers, pharmaceutical companies and medical insurance associations.
It's reference manual which gives the diagnostic criteria as well as ICD 10 codes. Currently the DSM we are working with is the 4th edition although there is a 5th in pipeline.
The 1st edition was published in 1952. It listed only 106 mental disorders.
The 2nd was published in 1968, focusing more on differences between neurosis and psychosis.
The 3rd edition came about in 1980, making yet more classifications. I think it is in this edition that it was also decided to change the name of manic depression to Bipolar Affective Disorder. There was another revision in 1987, calling it the DSM III-TR. They also decided that PMS in women was no longer a psychiatric disorder. Did you know that homosexuality was considered a psychiatric illness until 1987??
The DSM IV was published in 1994 and was revised in 2000. It now lists 297 disorders. Thats a whopping 191 more than in 1952. It's not a case that there are now more disorders than there ever were, but more research has been done and it's been tweaked.
Let's take "Manic Depression" as an example. The term is now obsolete. Initially "manic depression" was a blanket term for all mood disoders. Since then they have been reclassified as Bipolar I, Bipolar II, cyclothymic disorder as well as others.
The DSM gives us a clear guideline with what we are working with. It's easy to compare different signs and symptoms between illnesses. It also gives a differential diagnosis. Sometimes a physical disorder can manifest psychiatric symptoms. People with extremely high blood pressure can sometimes present with delirium. No point in treating delirium with psychiatric medication when all it will take is blood pressure medication to fix the problem.
Do You All Think That Britney Spears May Have Bipolar Disorder?
Do You All Think It Could Be Possible That Britney Spears May Have Bipolar Disorder? It Just Seems That Her Behavior Is Extremely Unstable, As If She'S Very Confused And Uncertain Of Her Life. I'Ve Dated A Bipolar Girl Once And Her Emotions Were Just About The Same.
Britney Spears may have been diagnosed with bipolar.
If this is true she is not open about it because if the courts hear that she has bipolar disorder then she may never see her children again.
Who Can Diagnose Bipolar Disorder?
The Doctor I Normally Go To Is My Obgyn. Is She Able To Give Me A Bipolar Diagnosis? Or Would That Be A Family Practitioner?
A psychologist, psychiatrist or even a therapist could diagnose a bipolar disorder but only the first two could prescribe drugs to treat the disorder. It's possible a Family Practictioner could diagnose it but I would then go to one of the above who is a specialist for a second opinion.
There are various degrees of bipolar disorder and it takes time to get your meds adjusted to your personal system.
I have a brother that is on full SSDI because his bipolar disorder is so severe and his meds took a long time to get right and he still has to go back every so often to have them "tweaked". It's a tough disorder to live with.
Why Am I So Mentally Ill!?
So I'M Pissed Off To The Finest, I Just Spent The Past Nine Weeks In One Of The Best Psychiatric Units In My Country For Adolescents. I Had A Review Of My Progress Last Week And They Diagnosed Me With: Bipolar Type Schizoaffective, Complex Ptsd, Ocd, Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (Another Name For Borderline Personality They Told Me), Anorexia Nervosa And Thats On Top Of My Aspergers Diagnosis That I Got Last Year.... Like I Get I Was Extremely Crazy Going Into Hospital But Why The Hell Am I This Mentally Ill! Can Anyone Explain To Me What Could Cause This All To Happen To Me?
Bottom line - you've got a bit of a broken brain and they don't have one easy word to describe everything because it fits into a few categories so they are basically saying that you have everything to cover the bases. Chances are this is all caused by one thing, but they just don't have the code in the fancy book that gives them the names they use.
My pedigree is bipolar type 2, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, and Fibromyalgia is the cherry on the top. What helps me is to remember that I am not my diagnosis. I am first and foremost - just me. My diagnosis is just a label to help the doctors know what medications to try and what therapies may work.
We don't know why exactly some people get mental illness. There is a genetic component, and a situational component or environment. Its much the same as many other physical illnesses where they don't know what causes what. The reason you are as you are is a combo of genetics and environment, and just ending up with the crap end of the stick. It isn't personal and it isn't anything you did or didn't do. It isn't who you are, but it is what you have to deal with. Never let your illness define who you are, you are so much more. And there is a lot you can't control, but there is some you can and it is so important to control what you can to help yourself get better. Learn from the therapy and apply the techniques. They do help.
What'S The Best Medication For Bipolar Disorder?
In Other Words, One With Little Or No Side Effects, Yet Which Keeps You From Getting Too Sad And Too Manic.
The people saying there is no one "best" medication are correct. What works great for some people could not work at all for someone else because everyone's body is a little bit different. All I can tell you is that it's not uncommon to need more than one medication to become properly stabilized. I'm on four, for example, but this is the most "normal" I've felt in a long time.
I Need To Know The History, Names And Important Dates,Causes Of Bipolar Disorder, And Prevention Of Bipolar.?
I Need To Know The History, Names And Important Dates,Causes Of Bipolar Disorder, And Prevention Of Bipolar Disorder.
History: been around for ever
Names: bipolar disorder, bipolar affective disorder, manic depression
Important dates: none
Causes: unknown. Some genetic components identified along with structural and biocehmical changes in the brain
Treatment: Mood stabilisers - lithium, anticonvulsants, atypical antipsychotics
Bipolar Disorder And Hypersexuality?
My Brother's G/F Of Eight Months Cheated Twice On Him And He Says That Its Part Of The Disorder That Makes Her Cheat, But Wouldn't Hypersexuality Just Mean She Wants It All The Time From Him Without Going Out To Clubs After Work And Hooking Up With Random Guys
Bipolar disorder works on an imbalance of manic and depressive states. The "hypersexuality" could come from the mania your brother's girlfriend experiences. When she's in a manic mode, she may do all sorts of erratic and dramatic things without conscience in order to be pleased or happy (ie, having sex with people outside of your brother). She will act out without knowing the harm her drastic behaviors on others. It is hard to understand since you are obviously not manic depressive, but in your brother's girlfriend's head, her actions are legit and justified.
Is your brother's girlfriend taking medication for this? If so, she is not taking them, not taking them properly, or her dose is too low if she is continually "acting out."
I Think I Have Bipolar Disorder?
I Have Suffered From Severe Depression Since I Was A Teenager, But When I Take Antidepressants They Make Me Feel On Edge And People Cannot Stand To Be Around Me. I Have Been On 3 Different Antidepressants (Prozac, Paxil, And Zoloft) And They Have All Done This To Me. I Tried To Commit Suicide Several Years Ago Because I Was So Depressed And Afterwards I Was Put On Antidepressants And My Wife Forced Me To Quit Taking Them Because She Could Not Deadl With My Irrational Behavior. Also I'M Not Always Depressed, I Have Stretches Where I Feel Fine, But The Depression Always Comes Back. I Have Read That Antidepressants Can Have This Effect On Someone Suffering From Bipolar Disorder And Want To Know If This Could Possibly Be What Is Wrong With Me And If So How Do I Go About Discussing This With A Psychiatrist?
If you had bipolar you would have highs. You say you have stretches where you feel fine, but are you on top of the world during these times, and can't get enough of life? Or do you just feel ok? It might be that you just have bouts of depression.
It;s worth watching steven fry's documentary about bipolar. This would give you an idea of whether or not you have it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nXgZlvjk...
Just write down your symptoms for a psychiatrist and they will be able to help you work out whether you have highs or not.
Help With Bipolar Disorder..?
Any Help, Advice, Stories Would Be Greatly Appreciated. I Really Need To Find Out All I Can. Thanks For Anyting You Can Tell Me
I have bipolar and perhaps can share some of my experience to help you.
With meds, it is very common that patients may have to try several different medications before they find the right combination for them. This is because meds have different effects on different people. Finding the right medication for you is particularly important because it will help stabilize the illness. Make it a long term goal to find these meds, keep a journal detailing all the side effects and general feelings you get from each medication you take.
According to studies, a combination of meds, therapy and psych education is the most beneficial treatment plan for mood disorders. So don't think that meds alone will necessarily resolve all your issues, make an appointment with a psychologist to help discuss your problems and get valuable advice. I found therapy provides valuable perspective for most people's unique situations.
Also, psych education is perhaps one of the most beneficial things you can do to help manage your treatment. Read books on bipolar, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, take classes at your local hospital, etc. The more you understand the intricacies of this illness, the better you can recognize destructive patterns in your behavior and manage them to prevent episodes. Psych education can be a bit like getting the driving manual for BPD, you will know what to expect from this illness and the more you become an expert at managing your triggers and mood patterns, the better off you will be in the long run.
I won't say that BPD is an easy illness to deal with. I will say that its easier for some people than others. Just remember to take your meds consistently, keep the communication open between you and your psychiatrist if your meds aren't working properly and take active steps in learning about the illness. Over time and with experience in this illness, it gets easier to manage. Remember, with meds, most bipolars can live normal and functional lives. Hope this helps, good luck.
Can Someone Give Me A Good Explanation Of The Bipolar Disorder?
Including What It Is, The Causes Of It, Symptoms, Diagnosis, And Treatment !
Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very quick.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally. It usually starts between ages 15 - 25. The exact cause is unknown, but it occurs more often in relatives of people with bipolar disorder.
Types of bipolar disorder:
• People with bipolar disorder type I have had at least one manic episode and periods of major depression. In the past, bipolar disorder type I was called manic depression.
• People with bipolar disorder type II have never had full mania. Instead they experience periods of high energy levels and impulsiveness that are not as extreme as mania (called hypomania). These periods alternate with episodes of depression.
• A mild form of bipolar disorder called cyclothymia involves less severe mood swings. People with this form alternate between hypomania and mild depression. People with bipolar disorder type II or cyclothymia may be wrongly diagnosed as having depression.
In most people with bipolar disorder, there is no clear cause for the manic or depressive episodes. The following may trigger a manic episode in people with bipolar disorder:
• Life changes such as childbirth
• Medications such as antidepressants or steroids
• Periods of sleeplessness
• Recreational drug use
The manic phase may last from days to months. It can include the following symptoms:
• Easily distracted
• Little need for sleep
• Poor judgment
• Poor temper control
• Reckless behavior and lack of self control
o Binge eating, drinking, and/or drug use
o Poor judgment
o Sex with many partners (promiscuity)
o Spending sprees
• Very elevated mood
o Excess activity (hyperactivity)
o Increased energy
o Racing thoughts
o Talking a lot
o Very high self-esteem (false beliefs about self or abilities)
• Very involved in activities
• Very upset (agitated or irritated)
These symptoms of mania occur with bipolar disorder I. In people with bipolar disorder II, the symptoms of mania are similar but less intense.
The depressed phase of both types of bipolar disorder includes the following symptoms:
• Daily low mood or sadness
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
• Eating problems
o Loss of appetite and weight loss
o Overeating and weight gain
• Fatigue or lack of energy
• Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty
• Loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed
• Loss of self-esteem
• Thoughts of death and suicide
• Trouble getting to sleep or sleeping too much
• Pulling away from friends or activities that were once enjoyed
There is a high risk of suicide with bipolar disorder. Patients may abuse alcohol or other substances, which can make the symptoms and suicide risk worse.
Sometimes the two phases overlap. Manic and depressive symptoms may occur together or quickly one after the other in what is called a mixed state.
Signs and tests
Many factors are involved in diagnosing bipolar disorder. The health care provider may do some or all of the following:
• Ask about your family medical history, such as whether anyone has or had bipolar disorder
• Ask about your recent mood swings and for how long you've had them
• Perform a thorough examination to look for illnesses that may be causing the symptoms
• Run laboratory tests to check for thyroid problems or drug levels
• Talk to your family members about your behavior
• Take a medical history, including any medical problems you have and any medications you take
• Watch your behavior and mood
Periods of depression or mania return in most patients, even with treatment. The main goals of treatment are to:
• Avoid moving from one phase to another
• Avoid the need for a hospital stay
• Help the patient function as well as possible between episodes
• Prevent self-injury and suicide
• Make the episodes less frequent and severe
The health care provider will first try to find out what may have triggered the mood episode. The provider may also look for any medical or emotional problems that might affect treatment.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used to treat the manic or depressive phase of bipolar disorder if it does not respond to medication. ECT uses an electrical current to cause a brief seizure while the patient is under anesthesia. ECT is the most effective treatment for depression that is not relieved with medications.
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Question For Parents Of Children (Even Grown)Diagnosed W/Bipolar...?
What Do You Remember As The Possible Early Signs Of Bipolar Disorder In Your Child? Could The Diagnoses Have Been Made Early In Childhood If You Had Known The Warning Signs? How Old Do You Think Your Child Was When He/She Started Experiencing Symptoms? Any Information From Your Experiences Would Be Appreciated And Helpful.Thank You In Advance.
My mom says she saw signs in me and my brother as early as 5 and 6. It is hard to get your child diagnosed that early in their lives and is commonly mistaken with behavioral disorders such as adhd.
What Behavioral Techniques Work Best For A Stubborn Child With Bp, Adhd, Cognitive Disorder, And Spd?
I Am Wondering What Behavioral Techniques Would Work Best For Dealing With My Son. He Has The Diagnoses Of Adhd, Bipolar Ii With Rapid Cycling, Cognitive Disorder With Executive Functions Weakness, And Sensory Processing Disorder. I Know That Most Of The Time He Does Not Mean To Be Agressive And Do The Things He Does. I Would Say That About 25% Of The Time It Is Behaviorally Related Though, But I Am Not Sure That He Knows Right From Wrong. I Can Tell The Difference Because He Rages. He Will Get This Look In His Eye And A Certain Smile. Then He Gets Really Agressive. I Know He Does Not Mean To Because When He Is Done He Will Ask Why People Are Sad Or Mad At Him. Those Are The Times I Know He Can'T Help It. Other Times The Word No Will Set Him Off. I Think He Could Learn To Better Control His Body At Those Times And That Is What I Am Wanting Help With. I Have Been Told To Find A Functional Behavioral Analysis Specialist But There Are Not Any In Our Area. The Ones In My State That Are Far Away Don'T Take Our Insurance Either. I Am Wondering If Anyone Has Any Suggestions?
A behavioral analyst conducts functional behavior assessments. You do not always need a behavior analyst to conduct these assessments, but you definately want someone who is board certified in applied behavior analysis (BCBA)
What they are assessing is the "function" of behavior, or under which conditions the behavior is most likely to occur. In the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), there are four conditions under which behaviors are tested. The functions or cause of behavior are either maintained by positive reinforcement (1. tangible items/objects 2. social attention), negative reinforcement (3. escape from task) OR Automatic reinforcement-- what automatic reinforcement is, is behavior that occurs under all test conditions mentioned above OR an unidentified source (e.g., medication, mental illness, sensory) -- Many people say self-stimulatory behavior such as hand-flapping or rocking is maintained by automatic reinforcement because it occurs across all settings and conditions.
Basically, you can assess these conditions using some form of an FBA (functional behavior assessment). There are many. The most reliable and tested is called a Functional Analysis which is conducted in a controlled setting. But, there are many you can do with pen and paper on your own that assess these conditions. You can even google FBA, and there are many worksheets which simply ask questions about how your child reacts under certain conditions. Again, look for questions that address tangible, attention, escape, and automatic/sensory functions. Website: abainternational.
The idea is to first find out "why" or the cause to some of the behaviors you want to treat, and the FBA is a really good resource. Once you find out "why" the behavior is occurring, you can then develop appropriate responses or treatments. Sometimes it may just rearranging the environment by manipulating antecedents and consequences to behavior... with medication trials... and other counseling.
Teen Movies With Self-Harm/Suicide/Bipolar Disorder?
Already Have Seen:
When Innocence Is Lost
It'S Kind Of A Funny Story
The Virgin Suicides
To Save A Life, My First Mister, Augusta Gone, The Unsaid.
How about eating disorder movies?
A Secret Between Friends
On The Edge Of Innocence
Living With Someone Who Has Bipolar Disorder?
I Didn'T Know Which Section To Put This In So I Put It In Both Dating And Psychology. There'S This Girl I Really Like A Lot And She Just Told Me That She Has Bipolar 2... I Was Pretty Surprised At First And It Explained A Lot Of Things I Didn'T Get Before. She Refuses To Take Meds 'Cause She Says It Makes Her Feel Worse. I'M Thinking I Should Be On My Toes And Understand It More, I Did Do Research. I'M Wondering What I Should Do Now And What I Can Do To Help Her Since I Said I'D Be There For Her. Any Ideas?
Unfortunately if she won't take the medications that she needs that will allow her to live a happy and productive, an antidepressant and a mood stabilizer it isn't going to be easy at all to live with her or have a relationship with her. Bi-Polar is a disease just like Diabetes or Heart Disease and requires the right safe medications. I am certain that if she had Heart Disease and the medication for her heart would keep her alive and well she would take that. It is a problem with the brain's production of the chemicals Serotonin and Neurotransmitters. Medication is the only way to correct the Disease. For your own sake and hers if you truly care for her you should tell her that you can't have a relationship unless she takes care of herself medically and professionally.
As for the above answer who says that it is not a brain based disorder, you need to go to the site webmd then search 'well brain, depressed brain" you will be shocked at the difference that a PET scan of the brain shows and proves that it is a disorder of the brain.