Patient discussion about mania

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Q. could my child have manic depression?

My 15 year old girl has been too upset about her weight but I see her at different times with too different moods. sometimes it looks like she's very depressed and sometimes she's happy but too happy- like unreal happiness. can it be bipolar? I'm really afraid
A1yea actually there's my sister who is closer to her age and they're pretty attached but my girl can get pissed on anyone right now- wouldnt want to burn this connection as well so I have to be carefull.
what would you suggest her to do?
A2the two can without a doubt be related. though you seem to be coping well with things- being so caring, it's what she needs. maybe she should have some woman figure to take advice from as she find it hard listening to you right now. any aunts around?
A3the fact that her mother is not with you anymore can very well be related to your daughters mood. At 15 a young woman is going through a lot of changes, some of those changes are difficult to talk to your parents about at all especially your dad. My advise remains the same however. Keep yourself open for her to come to and try sharing stories of your life with her so she will know that she can come to you if she needs help, advice or is in some kind of trouble. Try taking her out once a month, do things with her that she enjoys...
You seem like a caring parent, understanding the moods of a 15 year old girl is no small challenge, try to remain consistant, strong and loving.

Q. One of my friend`s son in the manic episode.

I have seen people in manic episode to be happy. What could be the reason for their happiness. One of my friend`s son in the manic episode, is generally seen with high euphoria, but often he gets in to different episodes, where he seems to be happy but at the same time aggressive, which is a symptom of depression. Please clarify?
AYes Waylon, all bipolar in manic episode are happy for no reasons. All Bipolar with depressions are depressed continuously with aggression and agitation. These two episodes of bipolars are at different poles, but a bipolar with mixed episodes is also found among some. Your friend’s son may also be in the mixed episode where bipolars have mania and depression as well at the same time.

Q. what is this and how it differs during episodes of mania and depression?

I have heard of psychotic symptoms, what is this and how it differs during episodes of mania and depression?
A1I believe that psychosis is more common among people who have Bipolar 1. Psychosis develops in manias as Johnson said above, the person believes themselves to be someone, something they are not. They can believe themselves to be rich or invincable. I knew a gentleman once that was arrested at a car dealership because he believed that he had all the money in the world and was insisting that the dealership give him a Dodge Viper and refused to leave the showroom. When the day before he had spent both his and his partners entire paychecks on a bike (leaving no money for bills etc...) Sometime during that day he left the bike lying arund on the street somewhere because he said he had plenty of money and would just go and get another one.
In a depressive state psychosis can manifest in other ways such as believeing in all kinds of conspiracy theories, believing the world is ending... etc...
Essentially the difference between psychosis in mania and depression is that in mania the per
A2When the episode of mania and depression becomes severe then it’s said that the psychotic symptoms have developed with the bipolar. Among the manic, they will believe themselves very grand and will feel like going for an important mission and among depressive episodes, they will feel very guilty and they doubt about existence.

Q. I wish to know the drugs available in the market for the treatment of manic depression?

I am in manic depression and my doctor prescribes different meds during my visit. Out of my own interest, I wish to know the drugs available in the market for the treatment of manic depression?
AYes, many drugs are available in the market for the treatment of manic depression. But the effect of each medicine differs from individual to individual and stage to stage. Some of the meds are mood stabilizers (Lithium (Lithobid)- the oldest, valproic acid(Depakote), Lamotrigine(Lamictal), Gabapentin (Neurontin), Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) are available. Some antidepressants are also prescribed to reduce the symptoms. They are Prozac, Effexor,etc. Some antipsychotic drugs are also prescribed like Olanzapine(zyprexa), Clozapine(clozaril) . As all these drugs are now used in bipolar prescriptions, a general thinking comes for the large number availability of drugs in market.

Q. my dad is bipolar II and he was on lithium and clonazepam which had put his mania under control..

hi all…… my dad is bipolar II and he was on lithium and clonazepam which had put his mania under control, but he sleeps a lot, as he finds his sleep refreshing him; which is due to medicine. On stopping the medicines his insomnia like condition starts and so now he takes his doses in excess to sleep…..we were told not to stop on these medicines……is it all right?
AOver dose of lithium would have serious side effects and especially when the condition demands to have them life long. And if your dad is sleeping a lot, which might be due the intake of clonezepam, which does actually treats insomnia but lithium is used to control his mania. So I feel he can increase on dose of clonezepam, but that too, when his doctor agrees

Q. Is spending money irresponsibely a sign of impending manic attack?

My 32 years-old husband is known to have bi-polar disorder, but for the last ten years he has been on lithium treatment and had no attacks. Last week he bought some very expensive things to our home, without asking me (we usually discuss these things before we do anything). Does this mean he’s getting a new manic attack? Other than that purchase everything else is normal, and he appears and behaves as usual. I don’t want to take him for the psychiatrist just for spending some money.
A1Spending money is not a unique character of bi-polar people... Maybe it was a bit less calculated action. If he has manic attack, usually there'll be more things that would tell you about it.
A2Yes. Irresponsible behaviour (such as in financial issues) can appear in mania. Try to look more carefully for another signs of attack. If you se anything diferent, you should consult a doctor.

Q. Hello community ... how is your week how far? my friend has been diagnosed with "mania depression " what

does it mean ... ? i always knew he has a problem of being a loner and kind of solist .. is it related to the diagnose he got ? what treatment is he facing with ?
ABipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings, lasting several weeks and occurring usually several times a year, between the extremes of elevated and depressed mood. His recent behavior may represent the depressive phase of his disease. Bipolar is usually treated with mood stabilizers (e.g. lithium, valproate etc.) for long periods (months and more).

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