Bipolar depression refers to continuous changes in an individual's mood, from happiness to sadness. It is a mental health condition. It usually occurs due to depression.
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I suffer from bipolar depression and severe headaches that have not improved even after taking medicines. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have had bipolar depression for the past many years. Despite taking many medicines, I feel severe neuropathic headaches daily that hurdle my performance in daily activities. I have tried so many antidepressants but they have not improved my condition. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. There are some factors that may precipitate headaches. Has this headache started due to taking medications or is it related to stress? Daily chronic headache occurs most probably due to stress. Kindly follow up wit... Read Full »
I feel suffocated at times and suffer from frequent mood swings. Do I have a bipolar disorder?
Query: Hello doctor, I fight with one decision and then I decide another thing at the end moment. I get agitated easily. I also cannot focus on my studies and think of suicide at times. I feel suffocated at times and suffer from mood swings. Am I Bipolar? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you are suffering from a major depressive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for your depression. So, I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. You should do exercises da... Read Full »
I am getting mental images of the past for the ten months. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from what I think are mental problems since last year. To give you some context, I went abroad for studies, and I felt extremely lonely and miserable there. After a year, I was suffering from sleep problems. However, one day, I had confusing thoughts, just before ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This problem you are facing is a mental illness for sure. The description of your symptoms seems that it is a serious issue, as it has been persistent for the past 10 months.The problem you are facing is probably visual hallucinations or illusions, which are a part of psy... Read Full »
I am worried about my sister, who took her own medication after self-diagnosing bipolar. Can it lead to drug dependence?
Query: Hi doctor,My sister self-diagnosed herself as bipolar and is now taking the tablet Tegretol. She has been taking it for the past six weeks and is noticing progress. But I am worried that she will continue the medication forever and get into a dependence cycle. In addition, she has been suffering fro... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. It is good that you took the initiative on behalf of your sister to seek an opinion on her condition. Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is an antiepileptic agent that can be used to manage bipolar disorders to prevent fu... Read Full »
Can depression and anxiety make me develop bipolar disorder?
Query: Hello doctor, I am afraid if I am suffering from a bipolar disorder. I suffer from depression and anxiety. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you consult a specialist who will assess and diagnose your illness if you have one. I also suggest you practice good mental and physical well-being. Take seven to eight hours of sleep daily, exercise regu... Read Full »
Which is a better option for bipolar depression, Lamotrigine or ketamine infusion therapy?
Query: Hello doctor, My wife was previously diagnosed with bipolar II and was taking 100 mg Lamotrigine daily for depression maintenance. She was on that dosage for nine years. She recently suffered a more chronic depressive episode and went out of town for ketamine infusion therapy. The infusions were ve... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your problem. Ketamine infusion therapy has great roles in depression but regular maintenance treatment is needed and which results in a significant burden on patients. Lamotrigine is the right drug for resistant depression. Even in maintenance treatme... Read Full »
Is this diagnosis of bipolar disorder accurate?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years back. Another doctor changed the diagnosis to light bipolar. The last one told me it is just depression and anxiety. I had mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and Modafinil tablets. Due to an overdose, I gained a lot of weight. So, I... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the above description, it is quite clear that you have an affective disorder. It can be bipolar 2 disorder where episodes of hypomania alter with episodes of depression. But, these switches are occurring more frequently on a day to day basis. The depressi... Read Full »
Why am I not having any control on my mind and emotions?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old, currently pursuing my masters. I have noticed it over a few months now. I have absolutely no control of my mind or my emotions. I am happy one moment and the next moment all I want to do is cry. I feel unhappy and claustrophobic all the time. I have always got this ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your symptoms you seem to be suffering from a mood disorder, either bipolar or cyclothymia or depression. There is a need for detailed assessment and evaluation to confirm the diagnosis. It happens in acute phases of illness that disturbance is so high, one ... Read Full »
My son has social withdrawal and isolation. Yet, he refuses treatment. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, The problem started in 2010. Social withdrawal, isolation, inability to continue at a job, negative talk, jealousy, lack of initiative, low self-esteem and fickle minded behavior. What could these point to? The prescriptions are lost in transit. No medicines are being taken. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. The symptoms of withdrawal from society, loneliness, difficulty in continuing the job, negative thoughts, lack of motivation, indecisiveness, etc could be due to some severe underlying mood disturbance. Since the symptoms are persistent a... Read Full »
I am suffering from bipolar depression. Can you explain more about the condition?
Query: Hello doctor, I believe that I am suffering from bipolar depression disorder, and it would be helpful if you share more information about this condition. My father was diagnosed with bipolar depression at my age, and I have also been showing certain signs. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can screen yourself for clinical depression. First, do a self-rating test of depression like Zung's self-rating depression scale, which you can easily find on the internet. Bipolar depression is said to be present if the current episode is of clinical depression ... Read Full »