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Hi, The best way to find out is to see a doctor who will ask many questions and there are tests (questionnaires) to get a broader picture : Type of bipolar.
After that, some treatment will be given in relation with the current situation.
Other professional help could always be added, such as Psychotherapy, group therapy, social worker and so on.
Good luck and take care.
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hi im pretty sure i may be suffering with bipolar disorder.
me and my friend who ironically enough thinks she has it to are planning to get checked out asap.
can u tell me what i should expect if im diagnosed?
Unfortunately Lots of medicine for the rest of your life..
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Just saw your post now. Personaly, you could start by reading about it and take one of the quizzes here on psychcentral. But be aware that it can give you a false positive depending on your interpretation of the questions and how you see things that day. Then a psychiatrist will have a long interview with you to discuss your life from childhood to today. He will also test you with one or two questionnaires (one is for all mental illnesses and the other, a personality test). The first time I was there, this whole process took almost 3 hours. But be aware, everybody has ups and downs, and we all respond differently to stuff that happens in life. Some will be more affected than others but it does not necessarely mean that someone is bipolar. Almost everyone in this society is affected by seasonal changes. One thing for sure that should be checked first, is your thyroid gland. An imbalance or Hashimoto's can mimic bipolar and/or depression, mood changes and increased or decreased energy. This gland can sometimes be working too much or not enough and can also alternate in the process. I hope you and your friend are doing fine and that you found answers to your questions. Take care.
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From what you are describing, there are many possibilities. Only a qualified psychiatrist could help you manage all this and come up with the exact diagnosis.
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I am suffering a severe bought of Bipolar 1 depression that seems to slowly be letting up. This one was particularly bad. I have not been this depressed since I was a teenager (before dx). I've had some serious circumstantial tragedies and now I am just unable to escape this dark dark depression. Does anyone know of any good meds to try in order to ease these symptoms/has anyone tried any meds that seem to avoid depressive episodes?
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where can i find the meaning of the abbrevations used here to understand posts better
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I am suffering a severe bought of Bipolar 1 depression that seems to slowly be letting up. This one was particularly bad. I have not been this depressed since I was a teenager (before dx). I've had some serious circumstantial tragedies and now I am just unable to escape this dark dark depression. Does anyone know of any good meds to try in order to ease these symptoms/has anyone tried any meds that seem to avoid depressive episodes?
Wellbutrin + Trazodone worked well for me. I'm bipolar and tend to only get manic episodes, although I did have one doozy of a depressive episode and those meds brought me out of it within a month.
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Hi,

This does not mention other symptoms of bipolar depression such as:
trouble thinking
trouble processing information
trouble with recall and memory loss

along with psychosis and catatonia

these symptoms can be extremely debilitating. It's not just about mood.
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What is the current theraputic range for lithium. Mine is 0.9 mml.
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If you're new to bipolar disorder for either yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to spend a few minutes reading Psych Central's Bipolar guide:

In it, you'll find answers to your commonly asked questions:

- What is bipolar disorder, what are the symptoms?
- What are the most common treatments?
- What should I talk to my doctor about?
- What are some frequently asked questions about bipolar?
- Where can I find more resources about bipolar?

Thanks,
DocJohn
This guide and related articles have been incredibly helpful for me. Thank you so much for the resource!
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