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10 Questions to Ask Doctor About Bipolar Disorder

Since you were recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

1. What causes bipolar disorder?

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Bipolar Disorder: Who’s at Risk?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is an illness in which a person has periods of high mood and energy and other times of depression. People diagnosed with bipolar disorder usually have one or more major depressive episodes along with one or more manic or mixed episodes. Bipolar mania is a prolonged state (at least one week at a time) of extreme elation or agitation accompanied by excessive energy. Symptoms of the manic "highs" include increased energy, racing thoughts and fast speech,...

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2. What’s the difference between Bipolar I and Bipolar II? Which do I have?

3. What medicines can help me, and how do they work?

4. What should I do if I forget to take my medication for bipolar disorder?

5. What should I do if I have a manic episode?

6. What happens if I quit taking the medication?

7. Why do I need psychotherapy in addition to medication?

8. How often should I see my therapist?

9. Are there other programs that can help me manage bipolar disorder?

10. How can I reach you in an emergency?

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on July 02, 2012

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