I am newly diagnosed bipolar2
these links are posted as I learn and if you get something from it, awesome! I am under the care of a therapist, a psychiatrist, an immunologist and GP and they are the experts. Tebsite is intended to chronicle my journey and help you on yours; creative, health or otherwise. Please always seek out help if you feel you need it. And remember I'm not an expert! I just play one on stage once in a while. So I'll say the following to you:
If you are concerned about any medical or psychiatric symptoms, please contact your family physician or licensed mental-health care provider. In the event of an emergency, please contact 911 (in the US) or present at your nearest emergency department.
The HCL-32 is a screening tool for researchers trying to find people with bipolar disorder. This is a “complete but simple” lists of manic symptoms.
Who is a risk for Bipolar 2
There is no single known cause of bipolar II disorder; in most cases, it is believed that there are a number of causative factors in play. One of the most prominent may be genetics. Bipolar II diagnoses tend to run in families. According to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry 40 percent of participants with first-degree relatives diagnosed with bipolar II and 22 percent of those with first-degree relatives diagnosed with bipolar I disorder were diagnosed with bipolar II. Read more...
Co-occurring Disorders: Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Bipolar II
Whether patients abuse drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate theirbipolar II disorder symptoms or their substance abuse pre-dates their mental health issues, it is important that they undergo treatment at a Dual Diagnosis treatment center that applies evidence-based therapeutic and pharmacological services to each patient based on their needs in recovery. Read more here...
I've been experiencing rapid cycling for a while now which was an indication of my disorder. I'm still studying it and trying to figure out how to regulate them or be able to anticipate a swing which can sometimes occur daily, weekly or monthly. Below is from The Psychiatric Clinics of North America which did several recent studies on rapid cycling.