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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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Do suicidal thoughts and mood swings define bipolar disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I have three kids. My oldest is 16 years and she is a bit hard to deal with. I have been noticing her change of moods everyday. My mother, older sister, and younger brother told my middle son, that they hate her, no one wants her close. She had a rough break up, she says she hates lif...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Going by the description of your daughter's life circumstances and events, she seems to be in depression definitely. Is she in bipolar depression can only be determined if she exhibits the following. 1) Cycles of depression and mania. 2) There should be discrete episod...  Read Full »

I have bipolar 2 and panic disorder. Am I in psychosis?

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 and panic disorder. I currently take Zoloft and Klonopin. My psychologist believes I am functioning normally, but sometimes I worry that I may be in psychosis, or displaying symptoms. My only concern is that recently, I have been having paranoid thoughts. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is common to have some paranoid thoughts, especially when you are feeling stressed, anxious, and feeling low in confidence. From the way you have described your symptoms, psychosis appears very unlikely. You can recognize the paranoid nature of your thinking, and ...  Read Full »

I am a 18-year-old female with depression and hyperactive symptoms. How can I overcome it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a eighteen-year-old female with severe mood swings and depressive episodes for the past two years. I am frequently sad as a result of financial problems and problems with my parents. I have symptoms such as being hyperactive, and I often talk too fast and get irritated over minor ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You might be suffering from major depressive disorder. However, there is non-pharmacological treatment for it, and I recommend you try the methods listed below to assist you in overcoming it. Every day, engage in s...  Read Full »

Can Lybalvi help me treat my bipolar disorder?

Query: Hello doctor,I am feeling depressed. The extreme highs and crushing lows in my life are tearing me apart. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and I recently started taking Lybalvi as a treatment option. Can you please explain how Lybalvi works for bipolar disorder and what kind of results c...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. You are on good medication for your bipolar. But its effect depends upon the person. It is a combination of two drugs. It helps in bipolar but you should have also added some mood stabilizers like Valproate or Lithium with it. Your medicat...  Read Full »

I have many symptoms due to Vraylar medication. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female diagnosed with bipolar disorder and currently under treatment with Vraylar. I have been taking this medication for a few months now. I also have some concerns regarding certain symptoms I have been experiencing. I have noticed symptoms of muscle stiffness, tre...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern, and I hope my answer brings some clarification. While Vraylar (Cariprazine) is generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience side effects, including muscle stiffness, tremors, restlessness, and nausea. Muscle stiffness, tremo...  Read Full »

Please suggest lifestyle changes to manage bipolar disorder.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 35-year-old male. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and have been taking medications for it. I have been using Cariprazine for the past two years. Now, most of my symptoms have improved, and I am leading a normal life. Very occasional mood swings are the only remaining issue....  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello,Welcome to am sorry to hear about your health concerns. I hope you find this information helpful. Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management and treatment. While medication, such as Carbamazepine, can be effective in managing symptoms of bipolar diso...  Read Full »

My sister has bipolar disorder. Kindly provide tips to manage it.

Query: Hello doctor, My sister has bipolar disorder and she currently takes 3 mg of Cariprazine, I am seeking guidance on her overall mental health improvement. What are the signs of betterment we should look for with this medication? Apart from medication, what other support systems or therapies could con...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Dhaniram Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Cariprazine is used in bipolar conditions, aiding in mood improvement by elevating serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters in the body. Individuals tend to be calmer with reduced anger and anxiety, demonstrating increase...  Read Full »

I am experiencing intense mood swings. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,For almost a year, I have been contemplating bipolar disorder. I am uncertain if it is that or just depression. I have noticed extreme changes in my appetite. Sometimes, I do not sleep at all due to heightened energy in my 'good' weeks. In those 'good' months, I feel like the best perso...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you for seeking help from a psychiatrist. I am glad to see you again. It appears you do not have bipolar disorder but rather borderline personality disorder. This involves chronic feelings of emptiness, emotional outbursts, overwhelming behavior, and self-harming t...  Read Full »

My sister is pregnant. Can she continue bipolar treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister is suffering from bipolar disorder for the last 10 years and is presently in stable condition with Olanzapine 2.5 mg and Dicorate 250 mg one tablet each per day during night. However, recently she came to know about her pregnancy and her doctor asked her to check with a psych...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I would like to inform you that Dicorate (Divalproex sodium) should be avoided as far as possible during pregnancy. This is because of neural tube defects caused in offspring during pregnancy. The above statement is very important during the first trimeste...  Read Full »

How long should I take the meds for bipolar disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffered from bipolar disorder four years back. At that time I was told to take Risperidone and Lonazap. I continued medicines for about one year and slowly stopped them as told by my doctor. Then again one year back I faced same bipolar disorder again but this time it was more severe. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns about the ongoing medications and bipolar disorder. As per the available literature, individuals with bipolar disorder need long-term treatment as discontinuation of medication often brings further new episodes. Since you a...  Read Full »

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