Archives for Bipolar Disorder

Take a Bipolar Disorder Test

Take a Bipolar Disorder Test Browse Health Topics 1. Have you ever had a distinct period of consistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood lasting throughout at least four days that is clearly different from your usual non-depressed mood? 2. If yes, during the period of mood disturbance have you had at least three or more of the following symptoms to a significant degree, and throughout the entire period? Inflated self esteem or grandiosity Decreased need for sleep (e.g., 3 hours sleep and not tired the next day) You were more talkative than usual, or felt a pressure to talk Your
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Bipolar Disorder Medication & Side Effects

Bipolar Disorder Medication & Side Effects Browse Health Topics To be clear, in Whole Psychiatry, we strive to reduce the use of medication through assessment and treatment of nutrition, hormones, gastrointestinal disorders, immune and inflammatory pathways, detoxification, social rhythm therapy, and educational and supportive psychotherapy. Nevertheless, medications may be needed, although in lower doses and with less polypharmacy. Medications for Bipolar Disorder fall into three categories Major Tranquilizers (see full table below) –also called anti-psychotics. The common ones that are currently used include Chlorpromazine (Thorazine), Haloperidol (Haldol), Perphenazine (generic only), Fluphenazine (generic only), Risperidone (Risperdal), Olanzapine (Zyprexa), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Ziprasidone
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Famous People with Bipolar Disorder

Famous People with Bipolar Disorder Browse Health Topics People with bipolar disorder have with out a doubt, helped shape the history of the world, in all venues, from the political to the arts to the spiritual and religious. Moses himself may have been manic depressive (he was impulsive, killing an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew slave, was a stutterer which reflects a problem in dopamine circuitry, and then had some very important spiritual experiences). Certainly Theodore Herzl, the late 1800’s mover of Zionism, was manic-depressive. So was Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The list is long and reproduced below,
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Bipolar Disorder in Children

Bipolar Disorder inn Children Browse Health Topics There is an alarming and growing trend in psychiatry to diagnose bipolar disorder in children. While the usual time of onset for a bipolar disorder is sometime in adolescence (see table under Bipolar Disorder), researchers are coming to the conclusion that the disorder can be present in children and cause disruption in the child’s life and the lives of those around them. They claim that rather than presenting with classic manic and depressive episodes, children are more likely to have rapidly cycling moods (within the day) and mixed states, in which they are
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Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms Browse Health Topics Bipolar disorder symptoms vary depending on which phase of the disorder you are experiencing, the manic phase (or its milder version, hypomania), the depressed phase, or the mixed state, which combines symptoms of both the high energy manic phase and the low or irritable mood of the depressed phase. Thus, to know whether you have a bipolar disorder, you must look at symptoms over as long a period of time as possible. You might have depression right now, but perhaps you had hypomanic symptoms a year ago, and have forgotten about them. People who
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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Browse Health Topics Bipolar Disorder, like depression, has been part of the human condition since the dawn of humankind. In fact, it can be persuasively argued that people with Bipolar Disorder have shaped the course of human history via influence in many fields, including the arts, religion, politics, medicine, and economics. At the same time, bipolar disorder and its associated conditions (e.g., drug and alcohol abuse, divorce etc.) can extract a great toll in terms of human suffering and mortality (e.g., cardiovascular disease, suicide). Determining whether one has the disorder requires a very careful longitudinal history, multigenerational family
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Highest Rates of Bipolar Disorder in the United States: Why?

According to a new study discussed on Health.com about 2.4% of people around the world have had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the first comprehensive international figures on the topic. The United States has the highest lifetime rate of bipolar disorder at 4.4%, and India the lowest, with 0.1%”. Bipolar disorder has a strong genetic component. Depending on which studies you look at, the genetics account for anywhere from 40-60% of the vulnerability. While that seems like a high number it also means 40-60% of the risk of developing the disorder  despite having the same
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“Are there Benefits to having Bipolar disorder?”

Let me start by acknowledging what is well known: Manic Depression or Bipolar disorder can be a devastating illness. Affecting at least 1% of the population, it can, untreated, result in suicide, ruined careers and devastated families. Bipolar disorder is often accompanied by alcohol and drug abuse and addiction, criminal and even violent behavior. I acknowledge this, because I do not want to make light of the burden this illness places on people’s lives, their families and communities. On the other hand, the history of the world has been influenced very significantly by people with manic depression – from actors and
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