Bipolar Disorder

Previously called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes severe mood changes and unusual shifts in energy, activity levels, behavior, and thinking. It is classified into four groups, namely bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, cyclothymic disorder, and bipolar disorder induced by any other condition or medication. The mood of the person with this disorder varies from being extremely energized to being very sad or feeling hopeless.

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Are my symptoms related to autism or bipolar disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I am waiting for an assessment of autism spectrum disorder. In the past few years, I have been misdiagnosed with bipolar, and my current diagnosis is borderline personality disorder. But, I am not sure whats going on really. I am 100 % confident that I am ASD, as it covers my "base per...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It does not appear to be related to autism spectrum disorder. It goes more in favor of bipolar disorder with a current episode of mania. A personality disorder can also be there. The differential diagnoses are: 1) Bipolar disorder. 2) Emotionally unstable personality ...  Read Full »

What should I do if I took 600 mg of tablet Tegretol instead of 200 mg?

Query: Hello doctor,I have the following question about the tablet Tegretol:I have been taking Tegretol 200 mg in the morning and 400 mg in the evening for bipolar disorder for nearly two years now. I accidentally mixed up Tegretol with my allergy medicine yesterday morning and therefore took 600 mg of Teg...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.You do not need to worry about it. Since more than 12 hours have passed after taking 600 mg of tablet Tegretol (Carbamazepine), I do not think there is any risk of poisoning. Even at 600 mg, the drug is safe.Kindly take plenty of water and avoid taking an overdose in the...  Read Full »

I am anxious and have unstable intense relationships. Do I suffer from bipolar disorder?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 19-year-old female with a height of 5 feet 5 inches and a weight of 150 pounds. I feel lonely, hostile, anxious, unstable intense relationships, and unable to control my emotions. I believe that I have antisocial behavior with bipolar disorder. Currently, I am not under medications....  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. You might have a borderline personality disorder like chronic feeling of emptiness, emotional outbursts, self-harming behavior, and overwhelming behavior. You mostly feel that no one understands you in this world and face diffi...  Read Full »

Is my son missing his classes and assignments a personality issue?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is a college student. He is 21 now. He has depression from about three years and has been seeing a psychiatrist for a while. He has been missing assignments and classes and got put on probation and withdrawal. And, he lies a lot. For instance, he signed a waiver to his college ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rathod Rahul Narayanrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Depression is now common in 2 % of the children and adolescents. Its cause is not specific, but a combination of multiple factors such as environmental, biological and psychological. Firstly, we have to look for any specific underlying causes for his depression. A...  Read Full »

I have bipolar disorder. What are the lifestyle changes I can do to improve my mood?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 35 year old male. I am suffering from a bipolar affective disorder. Currently, I take Magnesium Valproate 400 mg BD with Amisulpride 100 mg HS. My overall mental health remains stable with the above-said dose of medicines. But, in spite of that, I have had anxiety in the past. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You are suffering from bipolar disorder and are on Magnesium Valproate and Amisulpride. The dose of Valproate is good and I hope you are stable with this dose. If your mood is stable and you are functioning normally at this dose, the...  Read Full »

What does personality disorder NOS mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I am feeling extremely distressed, as I have just discovered through my physician, that in the past I have been given two diagnoses and not been told about one of them. One is bipolar disorder, which I am aware of, but the other is personality disorder NOS, and I have no idea what this...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In my opinion, do not get distressed by a diagnosis which you were unaware of till now, as an improvement in your symptoms is the most important. What matters is that, with treatment, were your symptoms under control. The categorical diagnosis should not affect you o...  Read Full »

Is there a definitive way to know if I have a borderline personality disorder or bipolar disorder?

Query: Hello doctor,Is there a definitive way to know if I have a borderline personality disorder or bipolar disorder? Two years ago, I was diagnosed with BPD, but I met with a psychiatrist who says I do not sound at all like I have BPD, but I instead sound bipolar. Is there a way to test which it is? Or i...  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are reporting a commonly encountered situation since BPD, and bipolar disorder can present with similar symptoms. Sometimes both the conditions can be present together as well. There is no specific test or scan or investigation to distinguish these two conditions...  Read Full »

How to taper drug doses to reduce withdrawal symptoms and control anxiety and depression?

Query: Hello doctor, My 28 year old son is being treated for bipolar disorder and depression. He has been on and off antidepressants since he was 16 years old due to high anxiety issues. He just started with 50 mg Serquiler one to two tablets at night, 600 mg Gabapentin thrice a day, 20 mg Paxil once a day...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Seroquel (Quetiapine) and Oxcarbazine (Oxcarbazepine) are indicated in bipolar disorder as both have mood stabilizing properties. Paxil (Paroxetine) and Gabapentine (Gabapentin) are used in anxiety or depression. As you mentioned that Paxil was used in the highest...  Read Full »

Taking medicines for bipolar disorder, but unable to sleep. Is there any suggestions?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having bipolar disorder, on lithosun 1200mg, fluoxetine 20mg for the last 1 year. Working night shift since last month. Unable to maintain proper sleep. Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query at icliniq. Fluoxetine is not the kind of medication that needs to be taken for straight one year in bipolar disorder except in some rare cases. Problem with sleep may indicate towards relapse of mania or mixed episode. At this moment you need to talk to a psych...  Read Full »

I suffer from PTSD, bipolar, and major depression. What is the treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old, female who has PTSD, bipolar and major depression. I also suffer from migraines, anxiety and insomnia. I am on topamax 100 mg twice a day, clonapin 0.5 thrice a day as needed, Paxil 10 mg in the morning (recently started) also for the insomnia I was started on elavil...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravi M. Soni

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your concerns. I feel that Topamax 200mg which works well for migraine has a little role in bipolar disorders. Studies show that monotherapy with topamax is not recommended but instead of taking topamax, you can try sodium valproate (Depakote xr 750mg at night) ...  Read Full »

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