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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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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 what is going on really. I am 100 % confident that I am ASD, as it covers my "base p...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 Bipolar disorder, emotionally unstable personality disord...  Read Full »

I am worried for my wife as she is suffering from bipolar disorder and has anger issues. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,My wife blames me for her mother's death. Her mother did not take care of herself or go to a doctor. My wife would make her appointments, and she would not go, or my wife would tell her she would pick her up and her mother would leave and not tell her. She would be devastated by this ev...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern.From what you have described it seems that your wife had not coped well to the stressors and her bipolar worsened it. It is fine she is under medication and the treating psychiatrist can titrate them if and when required. B...  Read Full »

Iam concerned about feeling depressed and excited on and off alternating with numb feelings despite taking Buspirone. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been facing some mental issues of depression and anxiety. At one point I feel low, and then I feel invincible and happy. Soon after that, I feel numb and do not want to do anything. I used to take Prozac but now I just take Buspirone 7.5 mg twice a day. I am concerned about this ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. As per your description, there are two possibilities you might be suffering from, depending on the duration of each episode of high or low mood: Mixed mood disorder. Bipolar disorder. But this is a possibility and to be sure, a deta...  Read Full »

I have been taking Olanzapine for bipolar disorder and have gained a lot of weight recently. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been having pain in my forehead, mood swings, fatigue, and insomnia. I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in the past and the doctor prescribed me with Mazepine. Recently the doctor diagnosed me with bipolar disorder and set my medicine to Olanzapine, Mazepi...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In my opinion, there is no use in combining Carbamazepine and lithium and one of them can be tapered off. If you are having side effects with Olanzapine you can discuss with your treating psychiatrist regarding changing it with Lurasidone or Quetiapine. Also follow t...  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 »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

I am a 31-year-old female having insomnia and sometimes get irritated by music or people. Do I have agitated depression or mixed bipolar episodes?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 31-year-old female. After years of knowing that I need help, I finally went for a psychiatric assessment last week, but I had a bad experience. The psychiatrist and the nurse present in the assessment made it abundantly clear that they were short on time from the get-go, and they...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern.Agitated depression is a subtype of depression though it is not a diagnosis in the DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders) and ICD-10 (international classification of diseases). It actually refers to depr...  Read Full »

Even after taking Lamictal, I have depression. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from type 2 bipolar disorder. 10 years ago, I was diagnosed and treated for depression alone. I am a 42 year old female. I got married and have two kids. I stop the medication for five years and then I started to take it for the last one year. I am taking Lamictal 200 mg ev...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is not helping much, then you can discuss with your treating doctor regarding either substituting it or adding another medicine for bipolar disorder. Certain non-pharmacological methods that will assist are as follows. Follow a flexible rout...  Read Full »

I am taking Lamictal for bipolar disorder and gained weight. What can be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I was on Prozac for a few months. I loved it, but I experienced hypomania once. So, my psychiatrist switched me to Lamictal for bipolar disorder. I have gained weight and gotten depressed. Why am I gaining weight with this medicine?  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Are you currently on Lamictal (Lamotrigine) alone or Lamictal plus Prozac (Fluoxetine)? Because, Prozac on long run can cause minor weight gain. Also, lack of physical activity during depression can cause weight gain. Simple changes in lifestyle like brisk morning walk a...  Read Full »

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