Archives for November, 2011


How Were You Diagnosed?

In Bipolar Disorder For Dummies, we point out that as part of the initial work up for bipolar disorder you really should have a complete physical first to rule out any potential medical issues. Other possible diagnoses that may be considered by your doctor include the following:

Thyroid malfunction
Hormone imbalances
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Cushing’s Syndrome
Rheumatoid arthritis
Medication or other substances that could have triggered symptoms

Sometimes we wonder whether doctors, including psychiatrists, follow the proper protocol in...
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Helping Loved One

Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Son with Bipolar Disorder Not Getting Treatment

Maggie asks...

My 21-year-old was diagnosed with Bipolar I after an extreme manic episode (he was hospitalized). It was a long and difficult few months (awful treatment, bouncing around to different doctors, etc.) during which his mania tapered down, and then turned into a deep black depression, which he is out of now.

No one can persuade him to take medication. Now that he's feeling normal again, he seems to think that he doesn't need medication. So no meds, no therapy, no treatment of any kind. And I am quite sure he's self-medicating with "other" substances. (He lives with us – me/mom, younger brother, step-father.)


Dr. Fink answers...

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