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Can a 9- or 10-year-old be bipolar?updated: Tue Aug 09 2011 11:04:00

Can a 9- or 10-year-old get a true diagnosis of bipolar disorder?

How can I make my mom understand my bipolar disorder?updated: Tue May 03 2011 18:39:00

I have bipolar disorder type 2. My mood is almost always influenced by the season and this winter I went through one of the worst depressive episodes I have ever experienced. When I mustered up the courage to tell my mom that I felt trapped and that I was desperate for help, she dismissed my symptoms as "something every teenager goes through" and that things will get better. She keeps telling me that everyone is depressed once in a while and that's just how life is. I'm better now, but I'm constantly scared about the next depressive episode I'll have to go through. It's been about three years since my diagnosis, and I think my mom has been in denial ever since. I've tried my best to convince her that this isn't normal but she refuses to see the truth. Even when I attempted suicide about a year ago, she lectured me about how selfish I was being and refused to even consider hospitalization or medication. How do you convince an unsympathetic parent that you need help?

Zeta-Jones treated for bipolar disorderupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 11:33:00

Catherine Zeta-Jones has checked into a mental health facility for treatment of a less-severe form of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is not just one diseaseupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 11:33:00

Although the symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary significantly from person to person, mental health professionals have identified four main subtypes of the illness that together are referred to as bipolar spectrum disorders: bipolar I, bipolar II, bipolar not otherwise specified, and cyclothymia.

Are psychiatric advance directives worthwhile?updated: Tue Mar 15 2011 11:19:00

Do you think it is worthwhile to have a psychiatric advance directive?

Will I need to stay on my depression meds forever?updated: Tue Oct 19 2010 10:26:00

NOTE: This expert answer was originally published on December 8, 2009

Back to school with bipolar? How college can unleash maniaupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 08:16:00

The rituals of college -- making new friends, studying until dawn, excessive partying -- can stress out any young adult. But students with bipolar disorder, or those at risk for the condition, are even more vulnerable in a college environment.

Supplements for depression: What works, what doesn'tupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 10:46:00

The multibillion-dollar market for dietary supplements is filled with products that claim to boost mood or improve depression. Some products are even billed as an alternative to prescription antidepressants.

Can depression cause memory loss?updated: Tue Dec 15 2009 12:09:00

My husband, age 39, was diagnosed with manic depression/bipolar disorder approximately two years ago. He suffers from recurrent bouts of depression and is currently in a depressive phase. He does not have very many manic phases at all. His short-term memory is getting progressively worse. Lately he cannot seem to remember how to get to places that he had just visited two or three days before. This has happened three times in the past week alone. Is there a correlation between recurrent bouts of depression and memory loss? I would question the medications as a factor, but he has not changed meds in many months and the episodes of memory loss have been in recent weeks. I would appreciate any information you can give me, as the primary caregiver you can imagine that this whole ordeal is very difficult.

Can a manic episode look like a tantrum?updated: Tue Sep 22 2009 13:00:00

My friend's 20-year-old daughter has been diagnosed as bipolar. I have seen the depressive effects, but can you tell me how someone who is having a manic episode would behave? This girl yells, screams, swears, kicks the walls, uses inappropriate language to her parents and it usually happens when she is not getting her way. It looks like a temper tantrum to me.

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