Everyone would vote for accuracy in diagnosis; unfortunately, accuracy isn’t running. Patients often struggle with the wrong meds for years before a clinician gets the diagnosis right and treats appropriately.
Thinking difficulties are some of the most impactful symptoms of bipolar disorder, yet are also the most challenging to notice. When paying attention, focusing or concentrating requires significant effort,
Many more people will suffer from milder forms of bipolar disorder (also known as “bipolar spectrum disorder”, “subthreshold bipolar disorder” or “soft bipolar disorder”) affecting their mental health than will have the disorder in its’ more commonly
One of the ongoing challenges you and your clinician will face is making sure that you are speaking the same language. Specifically, is the doctor asking questions—and are you answering them—in a way that elicits clear information and allows accurate
Due to a variety of factors, psychiatric consultations are often allotted less than an hour and follow-up visits often last as little as 15 minutes. Yet it is nearly impossible to adequately review what has happened to you and your symptoms since you
Treating someone with bipolar disorder without meds is as primitive as treating a patient with a seizure disorder without medication. If anyone advises you to avoid medication, run, do not walk, away from such dangerous counsel.
As bipolar disorder has been better recognized in the past decade, so have patients who do not respond to standard pharmacotherapies. These patients often challenge psychiatrists, who must consider medications in an off-label use to effectively treat the
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