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uphillbill
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Questions on identifying bp:


Please don't worry about scientific answers..just if anyone has any experience with these..



1. Typically, would a licensed therapist (psychologist) be able to identify bp, or bp like symptoms? I assume the pdoc acronym is for an MD?



2. Are "voices in your head" associated with bp ? (I don't mean to sound cliche..it's for real)



3. Apparently the "manic" phase is when obsessive behaviors show up? Could this be the source of obsessions with, for example branded merchandise, or a particular well known figure?



I am trying to figure out if bp could influence these behaviors, or if it is just other slightly skewed behavior. Not trying to diagnose, only trying to get some background.



Again, thanks to all for your time and patience.



bill

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 12/28/2007 12:31:14 PM (GMT-7)


uphillbill
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry..too computer challenged to put the subject in the subject line!!

serafena
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Fixed you right up, there, uphillbill. Now let me see about some answers... give me a few minutes here...
Serafena
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olivia of course
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Serafena,

That's funny, I was just in the process of giving the post a title too.
Olivia
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uphillbill
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Bless you both.  You know, once we men hit 40...

serafena
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
1. Usually when we say pdoc we're referring to a psychiatrist. However, a licensed psychologist would definistely be able to recognize the symptoms of bipolar. He/she would be a great therapist, but wouldn't be able to prescribe medication -- as I'm guessing you already know. The pdoc distinction is because a lot of people see their gp (or general practictioner or family doc) for medical treatment of their bp. IMHO, I think this is a bad idea. Psychiatry is such a specialized field and there's so much research to keep up on. This is my brain we're talking about here. I want my brain's doc to know as much as he/she can know, and I don't think a gp can possibly keep up with it all. Not that there aren't fabulous gp's out there...

2. Not a rule. Not everyone gets them, but sometimes people in acute mania hear voices, I believe.

3. Obsessive behaviors are not a "rule." We don't all have them. More common though. I don't know if they're more common in one stage or the other, though. What do the rest of you say?


Uphillbill,

What are some of the specific incidents that are worrying you? You've hinted you're concerned about your wife, why not tell us a little bit about some behaviors that are bothering you and maybe we can tell you whether or not it sounds like bp. For example, buying lots of one brand of a product doesn't exactly sound like bp, but spending lots of unnecessary money does.

Hope this is helpful,
serafena
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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare


serafena
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL at Olivia -- we're quick on the draw around here. We're not often on at the same time!
Serafena
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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare


MDdave
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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Quote:

(Not a rule. Not everyone gets them, but sometimes people in acute mania hear voices, I believe.)

Schizophrenia deals with voices also and Bipolar has some similar/parallel symptoms.

http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/schizophrenia-symptoms

http://www.schizophrenia.com/stanfordtalks/diffdiag.html#similar


Post Edited (MDdave) : 12/28/2007 10:01:15 PM (GMT-7)


bunnypucker
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   Posted 1/5/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
as for my experience i did hear voices for a long time, until i was well-medicated. also when im in severe manic or depressive states i spend like crazy and at one point i was absolutley obsessed with a tv show star. i mean i have had more then 150 pictures of him and was really focused on him. that went away as i was better medicated too.


bunny
Crohn's Disease Diagnosed 12/24/03 and Bipolar

Im 26 years old, and am currently only taking remicade and protonix for my CD. am on quite the cocktail for my BP however: Geodon, Lamictal, Celexa, Buspar, Wellbutrin and Klonopin.
Im also on lipitor for high cholesterol caused by a prior BP med. im on fentanyl patches for pain also, and i take some meds prn for my allergies, asthma, and migrianes.


hammilton
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   Posted 1/5/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
branded merchanise? entertainment figures?

sounds like typical teenagerism.
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