TDVS 0006: Recognizing & Managing A Bipolar Disorder

In this episode, you will discover:

  • What is bipolar
  • How to recognize bipolar
  • What causes bipolar
  • How is bipolar different from mood swings
  • What is the most effective combination of self-management approaches and medication
  • Which are the best medications for treating episodes and for prevention of relapse in bipolar according to our consultant psychiatrist & guest speaker – Dr. Pranab Mohapatra
  • Connection between bipolar disorder and fish oil
  • Latest health news from across the globe

30 thoughts on “TDVS 0006: Recognizing & Managing A Bipolar Disorder”

  1. Hi Dr… Thank you for yet another expository episode. All episodes have been really Insightful like I’m seriously learning & I always look forward to fresh episodes… A Million thanks Dr & Keep touching lives with your Gifted hands!

    I really want to be clarified on this.

    I read a book on temperaments & I see people everyday that exhibit this bipolar kinda character. I mean, they are high today, sociable, fun to be with & the next day they crawl into their Shell for days just like the bipolar stuff, I’ve always thought it to be temperamental buh with this I’m in a fix.. Do these ones really need help?

    How do you differentiate a Bipolar disorder from the temperament stuff? (Like the Sanguine/Melancholy temperaments).

    Also the Manic episodes of a bipolar disorder is it different from that of Schizophrenia? In other words can bipolar disorder lead to Schizophrenia on the long run?
    Thanks Dr in anticipation.

    1. Thanks for following the topic. Recognizing one’s temperament and identifying when something is unusual is key to diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Someone can have mixed temperaments which may bother on excitement & calmness, but not features of mania/depression. For example, a person with mixed sanguine & melancholic temperament can be extroverted and outgoing at a given time, and next moment he wants to be alone & engage his thoughts & analyze things in mind; this doesn’t make him bipolar. There has to be features of sudden increased excitement levels as seen in mania, or feeling worthless, suicidal thoughts as seen in depression. An unusual manic behavior for days to week or more, regardless of temperament, followed by depression is a tell-tale sign of bipolar, not a mood swing of few minutes or personality switch. Another important point is that bipolar is known to disrupt one’s life. A mood swing or personality change won’t cause as much damage.

      Manic episode is different from schizophrenia. Bipolar can be complicated with psychosis/schizophrenia as the symptoms overlap, but there is no progression from bipolar to schizophrenia.

      Hope that helps.

      1. Yeah it’s really helpful.. Perfectly Understood! Many Thanks Dr.
        In Anticipation of the next Episode.

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