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Originally posted by Bisman
Do you blame all your social faux pas' and problems in life on it?
because im sick of self diagnosing bi-polar people who need a crutch.
Originally posted by Zivablizz
I was wondering if you could tell me how you were as a child/ teenager. Were you defiant? Looking back, what kind of effects did it have on your relationships?
Originally posted by Myomistress
Yes, I suppose I have a question if you're still attending to them. I have a very good friend that's bipolar as well and mostly doesn't like to take his medicine because it takes away his personality, how dangerous is this exactly? Also, he's in a low as of last week and has been sleeping for days and not attending his classes as well, what are some things that I or he can try to do to get himself out of bed? Is there really any motivation that can be mustered? I understand it's really difficult, especially with the physical symptoms too.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
reply to post by moniesisfun
Yes, because a quarter of the population is running around with mental illness because of food allergies.
Oh it is so simple, why didn't we see it before?
Thanks for the link to a search box.
Objective: Several community studies have identified associations between allergies and depressive symptoms. In this study, we evaluated the association between self-reported allergies and several Axis I disorders in a community population. Method: The data source was the 2002 Canadian Community Health Study. This study included the Composite International Diagnostic Interview, and collected self-report data about food and environmental allergies. Crude associations were estimated and logistic regression was subsequently used to adjust for demographic variables. Results: Self-reported allergies to food and non-food allergies were associated with mood and anxiety disorders, but not to substance dependence. The adjusted odds ratio for major depression in subjects reporting food allergies was 1.8 (95% CI 1.5-2.3) and for other allergies was 1.5 (95% CI 1.2-1.7). Associations of comparable strength were observed for bipolar disorder and for panic disorder/agoraphobia. The association with social phobia was statistically significant, but not as strong. Conclusions: Cross-sectional epidemiological data are most useful for descriptive purposes. This study is the first to confirm the presence of an association between allergies and mood and anxiety disorders, as opposed to symptom ratings, in a general population sample. Substance use disorders are not associated with self-reported allergies.
ADHD and Bipolar Disorder
Our current method of naming mental
disorders, the DSM-IV, has 295 separately named disorders but only
167 symptoms. Consequently, overlap and sharing of symptoms
among disorders is common. To complicate matters further, ADHD
is highly comorbid; that is, it is commonly found co-existing with
other mental and physical disorders. A recent review of adults at the
time they were diagnosed with ADHD demonstrated that 42% also
had another active major psychiatric disorder. Thirty eight per cent (in other words, virtually all of them)
had two or more other mental disorders active at the time they were diagnosed with ADHD. Therefore,
the diagnostic question is not, "is it one or the other?" but rather "is it both?"
Perhaps the most difficult differential diagnosis to make is that of ADHD versus Bipolar Mood Disorder
(BMD). In adults the two disorders commonly occur together. Recent estimates- also find that 20-25% of
persons with BMD have ADHD. Conversely, 6-7% of people with ADHD also have BMD (10 times the
prevalence found in the general population). Unless care is taken during the diagnostic assessment there is a
substantial risk of either misdiagnosis or of a missed diagnosis. Nonetheless, a few key pieces of history can
guide us to an accurate diagnosis.
Both ADHD and Bipolar Disorder share primary features of:
2) bursts of energy and restlessness
4) "racing thoughts"
6) impatience -
7) impaired judgment -
9) a chronic course
10) lifelong impairment
11) a strong genetic clustering
ADHD and Bipolar Disorder can be distinguished from one another on the basis of six factors.
1) Age of Onset: ADHD symptoms are present lifelong. The current nomenclature requires that the
symptoms must be present (although not necessarily impairing) by seven years of age. BMD can be present
in prepubertal children, but this is so rare that some investigators say it does not occur.
2) Consistency of Impairment and Symptoms: ADHD is always present. BMD comes in episodes that
ultimately remit to more or less normal mood levels.
3.)Triggered Mood Instability: People with ADHD are passionate people who have strong emotional
reactions to the events of their lives. However, it is precisely this clear triggering of mood shifts that
distinguishes ADHD from Bipolar mood shifts that come and go without any connection to life events. In
addition, there is mood congruency in ADHD, that is, the mood reaction is appropriate in kind to the trigger.
Happy events in the lives of ADHD individuals result in intensely happy and excited states of mood.
Unhappy events and especially the experience of being rejected, criticized or teased elicit intense dysphoric
states. This "rejection sensitive dysphoria" is one of the causes for the misdiagnosis of "borderline
4.)Rapidity of Mood Shift: Because ADHD mood shifts are almost always triggered, the shifts themselves
are of- ten experienced as being instantaneous complete shifts from one state to another. Typically they are
described as "crashes" or "snaps" which emphasize this sudden quality. By contrast, the untriggered mood
shifts of BMD take hours or days to move from one state to another.
5) Duration of Mood Shifts: People with ADHD report that their moods shift rapidly according to what is
going on in their lives. The response to severe losses and rejections may last weeks, but typically mood shifts
are much shorter and are usually measured in hours. The mood shifts of BMD are usually sustained. For
instance, to get the desig- nation of "rapid cycling" bipolar disorder the person need only experience four
shifts of mood from high to low or low to high in a 12 month period of time. Many people with ADHD
experience that many mood shifts in a single day.
6) Family History: Both disorders run in families, but people with BMD usually have a family history of
BMD while individuals with ADHD have a family tree with multiple cases of ADHD.
Originally posted by grandmakdw
reply to post by chasingbrahman
Childhood trauma does not "cause' bipolar if that is what you are looking for.
It is a chemical imbalance within the brain. It is a result of chemistry reacting with brain tissue.
There is a huge genetic component, we now recognize that my father-in-law had it.
Is there a trigger mechanism? Probably, but maybe not. My spouse started around age 30 and there was no discernible trigger, as a matter of fact things were pretty good then.