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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I was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and I am confused about what should I do. Please guide.

Query: Hi doctor, I was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. But I am confused about what my prognosis or outlook will be. Also, I am planning on taking my prescribed medicines and going to all my appointment. But will it help me? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Bipolar disease is a chronic illness. It is a relapsing disease. The medicines for this condition will help to keep the illness under control; even if the condition relapses, the dosage of the medicine can be adjusted so as to keep the condit...  Read Full »

I have bipolar disorder with severe manic episodes and endometriosis. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have bipolar disorder with severe manic episodes and endometriosis. I was informed that both diseases are caused by overproducing oxytocin, so I am trying to lower my oxytocin levels. How can I lower my oxytocin levels? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Bipolar is not caused by oxytocin imbalance. Bipolar is caused by neurotransmitter imbalance or oxytocin and has genetic or heredity factors. I do not think balancing your oxytocin levels can cure or treat your probl...  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 »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

Are my symptoms related to bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?

Query: Hello doctor, Since I was around 8 years old, I have experienced mood fluctuations but not in the normal bipolar way (which I am being tested for). I do not feel like my mood sways between depression and mania. It is always some level of mania but without depression. I also experience tactile hallu...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, your psychiatrist is correct. Bipolar is a more likely diagnosis. Bipolar disorder need not be present with depression and mania both. Recurrent mania also comes under the category of bipolar disorder. In mania, our sensitivity to stimulation increases like colo...  Read Full »

Can an abrupt stoppage of bipolar medication cause relapse very soon?

Query: Hello doctor, My bipolar girlfriend just broke up with me. She told me that her medicines were stolen at the beginning of a trip. 75 pills stolen. She started acting differently after about three days. After five days, she broke up with me saying she did not want to drag me down with her. Now she ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bipolar illness is a severe mental illness. It needs constant treatment. Stopping or switching the medicines on your own can lead to relapse. Medicines are provided by a registered medical practitioner and cannot be sold OTC (over-the-counter). She has to be started ...  Read Full »

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