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Psychiatrist Wants To Know Your Thoughts On Bipolar Disorder

I’d like to ask your help for a moment.  I’m going to write a blog post for this week’s Clinical Psychiatry News on Bipolar Disorder.  I’d like to know how you see the term used, or the symptoms that are hallmarks of the illness for you.  If you respond as my favorite commenter, “Anonymous,” could I ask that you define yourself…psychiatrist, psychologist, pediatrician, patient with bipolar disorder, friend of someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder….

Also, please just off the top of your head, I can read DSM or Google myself, and I’m more interested in your ideas about what exactly the disorder is.

I may not use your responses (I sort of know what I want to say) but no matter what, I’m curious.
Thank you so much.

*This blog post was originally published at Shrink Rap*


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One Response to “Psychiatrist Wants To Know Your Thoughts On Bipolar Disorder”

  1. siq says:

    As an MSIII in the middle of my psychiatry core, Bipolar d/o means Lithium (or another mood stabilizer) to me. Unpredictability comes to mind. It means a labile affect and that I don’t know what to expect when I talk to my patient each day. She could be sobbing, or she could laugh at my jokes. She could be catatonic in bed or she could be dancing in group. It is two extremes and hard to find the middle ground… Bipolar people can make the most fun patients, but they can also make the most depressing.

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