Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried I might have bipolar disorder.
  • I have bipolar disorder, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have bipolar disorder, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried I might have bipolar disorder.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 02, 2017

  1. How is bipolar disorder different from everyday mood swings?
  2. How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?
  3. Are my episodes of highs and lows likely to go away on their own?
  4. Do I need medication? If so, how long will I have to take it?
  5. Should I see a talk therapist for help with my symptoms?

I have bipolar disorder, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 02, 2017

  1. How do I know if my symptoms of bipolar disorder are improving, staying the same, or getting worse?
  2. How long does it take medications for mania or depression symptoms to work?
  3. Even with treatment, am I likely to have ongoing shifts in my mood?
  4. What should I do if my mood worsens to the point that I feel like life isn't worth living?
  5. Can lifestyle changes help me prevent manic or depressive episodes?

I have bipolar disorder, and I'm sick or having problems.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 02, 2017

  1. If I'm taking medication for bipolar disorder, will I still have shifts in my mood?
  2. Do my recent symptoms mean that my medication isn't working and needs to be changed?
  3. Could I be having side effects of bipolar medication?
  4. Should I see a talk therapist or join a support group?
  5. My mood swings are hard on my family. What can I do?