• DID vs bipolar
    Bipolar

    Dissociative Identity Disorder versus Bipolar Disorder – How You Can Tell Them Apart

      I have Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) and the only difference in my case and DID is that I have not had dissociative amnesia. Basically, that means having no memory of a situation. I consider my disorder a gift because it protected my fragile child’s mind from the damaging effects of severe childhood sexual abuse.  I chose to use DIssociative Identity Disorder (DID) because it is the most well-known of the dissociative disorders. Because of the shifts in personality states, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is sometimes confused with bipolar disorder. Personality states(alters) where one alter is depressed and one is in a good mood can sometimes confuse people. Especially,if…

  • adhd vs bipolar
    Bipolar

    ADHD versus Bipolar Disorder – How Can You Tell Them Apart

    Early on in my first son’s childhood, I noted behaviors similar to bipolar disorder but also found in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  You see I had just enough knowledge as a student nurse to make a wrong diagnosis in my head lol. There is a reason doctors go to school for so many years. In the end, both of my son’s would be diagnosed and so I had to learn a lot about ADHD.   Looking back I wish it would have been more clear to me the differences between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder.  This post is a continuation of a series on look-alike disorders versus Bipolar disorder. I use…

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  • Schizoaffective Disorder vs Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar

    Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Type versus Bipolar Disorder with Psychosis

    Schizoaffective disorder has features of both schizophrenia and mood disorders. Patients with Schizoaffective disorder generally respond better to treatment than people with schizophrenia but worse than those with a mood disorder.  For more about the basics of this disorder, click here. On the other hand, bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. To read more about the basics of Bipolar Disorder, click here. There are so many similiarities between Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar Disorder or Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia.  These similarities cause confusion in general of what the actual…

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  • Bipolar,  Depression

    How You Can Stop Hated Bipolar Depression In Its Tracks Fast

    Trigger Warning: Self-Harm and Suicide is mentioned. A sequel to How To Stop Mania In Its Tracks Fast, this post is how to stop bipolar depression in its tracks. Major/Bipolar Depression is usually defined as having two weeks where you have several symptoms of depression. Please note these tips can also help people who suffer from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This is important to me this year because my mood is ultra rapid-cycling between mania and depression. This is how I experience a manic or mixed episode. In truth, I really should always talk about mania/mixed state and depression together because that is how I experience them during a manic/mixed…

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  • Bipolar

    Borderline Personality Disorder vs. Bipolar Disorder: How Can You Tell The Two Apart

     Did you know that there are many similarities between borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder (BD)?  There are so many similarities between the two disorders that there has been a controversy among psychiatrists for decades on how to distinguish between the two.  So where does that leave people who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and/or bipolar disorder? I found a review of the available research literature from 2012, Borderline personality disorder and bipolar affective disorder. Spectra or spectre? A review. Dr. Phelps, a psychiatrist who also maintains psycheducation.org also provided information and a professional opinion on the differences in diagnosing Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Dr. Phelps…

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