Dear Marianne----Get a second opinion for your hubby. I honestly feel that BP is over diagnosed--esp. if he told the doc that his family had it. I just left a quack shrink diagnose me...as BP...in TEN MINS!!! I went to another Dr.--i have "major depression" --with anxiety (which seems to baffle some Drs--they CAN & do co-exist)-----
Check out Depakote!! To me---it's like rat poison (can affect liver-pancreas---& more)---Don't have him take the stuff yet---again--get a second opinion. Wotan(Robert)
Wotan is right, BP seems to be the illness du jour, although it is extremely likely to develop in people who have a family history, as it is mostly genetic. It is NOT easy to diagnose, mania can have many symptoms of ADD or schitzophrenia, including voices and hallucinations in the type I category. In reality, only 1% of the population has it. To get a correct diagnosis, the person MUST have had at least one episode of mania. Here are symptoms of mania, and the depression, too.
Signs and symptoms of mania include discrete periods of:
Signs and symptoms of depression include discrete periods of:
There needs to be almost all of the symptoms of mania present, not just one or two. I'm curious, why did he seek help? Did he see a psychiatrist or a GP? BPs don't usually seek help when manic, because it feels good to the person. They seek help when depressed, because it is usually so severe. The disease usually starts showing symptoms in late teens, early twenties, but can develop later.
Post Edited (psychnurse) : 7/23/2005 8:09:58 AM (GMT-6)