Patient discussion about bipolar disorder

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Q. Why is there bipolar disorder?

A1Why is there Cancer? Why is there all kinds of illnesses. Some spiritual people may say that it is a test of your spirit. But why is often a victom frame of mind. Why me? Why my loved one? The trouth is there is no answer to the question, there are only solutions. The solution to bipolar disorder are diagnosis and treatments.
A2The word “why” may not be the best one, but rather “how” it happens. Truth is – no one can really tell how it happens. However, we do know how to identify and treat it quite effectively.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/bipolardisorder.html

Q. is Bipolar genetic?

A1Bipolar disorder has a very strong genetic background: The approximate lifetime risk of this disease in relatives of a bipolar patient is 40 to 70 percent for a monozygotic (identical) twin and 5 to 10 percent for a first degree relative, compared with 0.5 to 1.5 percent for an unrelated person.
A2Bipolar is under "neurology" not under "genetics." But Bipolar cause may stem from "heredity," "environmental factors" or "chemical imblances in the brain."

Q. why do you call Bipolar ... Bipolar? i mean what does it mean?

ABipolar disorder is called this way because it is charecterized by two types of obvious mood disorders- depression on the one side, and mania, or hypomania (a manic state, or 'high'), on the other side.

Q. What are the Bipolar symptoms? how would i recognize someone who has Bipolar?

A1if you want to know the symptoms in order to look for them in someone close to you , i would suggest not to go to conclusions so fast. don't try "diagnosing", if you suspect there is a bipolar behavior- convince your friend to go for a therapy in order to check it out.
about the symptoms, here is something that will help you:
http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_publications_dualdiag
A2this is very difficult when you are not use to know the symptoms. such persons turn very fast and heavily from euphoric to depressive. the behaviour is then always excessive and sometimes not anymore under control. the risk to go in an asylum is acute.

Q. What is Bipolar disorder?

What is Bipolar disorder? Just i want to compare the symptoms with me. Is there any one here who really cares about me? Am i lonely?
A1... up on the couch with her and cry too. It is a very helpless feeling for your loved ones to not have the answers and to be aware that at times there is nothing they can do or say to help you feel better. For me it was a long learning process, as my partner learned more about her illness i learned more and learned ways to cope with it. You are not alone in your struggle with bipolar disorder, you are already reaching out to others that truly understand what you are going through. Try to keep in mind that the people in your life who are not bipolar can never truly understand but they can learn about the illness and about how they can help you. Try teaching them what you learn, try to share your feelings and what goes on in your head, knowledge is power and the more you share the more they will understand. Just a thought...
A2My partners bipolar events began with a manic episode. She became obsessed with partying and having fun, she went to Cuba 4 times that year regardless of the fact that we did not have the money to do so. She lost her job but continued to spend money without thought to our financial obligations, for lack of a better way to put it she was chasing rainbows. This was followed by a deep depression, suicidal thoughts and escillated to suicidal planning. After many trips to her GP (who knew very little about mental illness, and many different perscriptions for anti-depressants) we found ourselves at the crisis center at our local hospital. The crisis center referred her to a local mood disorder clinic where she began theropy and groups.

More people care than you will ever know. The people in your life may not be sure how to show they care, for families and friends it can be difficult to know how to help. For me when my partner was so sick there were times I just wanted to curl..
A3Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive illness, is a biological brain disorder that results in extreme psychological and emotional mood swings. Mood swings associated with bipolar disorder are so severe that, if left untreated, they become an obstacle to living a normal, happy life. Bipolar disorder affects all aspects of a person's life, from family to friendships and work. While everyone goes through periods of highs and lows, bipolar disorder magnifies and intensifies ups and downs to an extreme. A person suffering from bipolar disorder does not just feel "blue" but utterly hopeless, ineffectual and non-vital. These feelings of intense depression often lead to suicidal thoughts or an obsession with suicide.

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Q. Types of Bipolar

I like to know that how many types of bipolar is there and what are its symptoms? Can any one please explain?
A1The DSM-IV (bible of psychological disorders) recognizes two disorders within the category of Bipolar disorders. Bipolar I Disorder is the characteristic cycling of depressive lows and manic highs (the extent and length of these extremes differ from person to person). Bipolar II disorder is cycling between depression and less intense hypomanias. So in a way, Bipolar II is less fun than Bipolar I. Manias and Hypomanias are not just being really happy. They are merely a period of intense energy and activity. The patient often has little control over what they say or do during this period.
There is something in Bipolar disorder called a "Mixed Episode". They are not very common but this is a very distressing period in which a person experiences symptoms from both a mania and a depression at the same time. Dark, disturbing thoughts and intense anxiety and lowered inhibitions--even panic attacks. In the words of my professor: "Mixed episodes suck".
A2I suffer from cyclothymia, which is a cycling between normal and depressed. I never get the highs of mania or even hypomania. Sometimes I wish I would! It might be better than this depression that's always lurking not even a step behind me.
A3here is a short and accurate article that will help you in your question:

http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-forms

Q. Are there any remedies for the Bipolar disorder?

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