The fastest diagnosis of bipolar disorder can happen when a person has a sudden break into severe mania - bad enough to be hospitalized. Even then, other conditions will have to be ruled out first. Is the patient having a bad reaction to a prescription medications? Does he use illegal drugs? Is there a brain injury or tumor?
Other questions include whether the patient has a history of behavior that would indicate schizophrenia or a similar illness, or of clinical depression. They must be checked for Lyme disease and epilepsy, as well as other illnesses.
If the primary symptoms are hallucinations and delusions, the initial diagnosis might be Brief Psychotic Disorder. This illness appears suddenly with severe symptoms, but goes away in less than a month and can last as little as a single day. Time may have to pass to see if there's resolution or if other, non-psychotic bipolar symptoms appear, but treatment can begin right away.
Of course, this is a very simplified ...
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Have you had a panic attack? If so, you're not alone.
A panic attack is a sudden onset of severe anxiety so intense that it causes physical reactions - when there is nothing to be afraid of. Your heart rate can soar, you might start to tremble or shake, your mouth dries up. You might feel nauseated or feel you can't breathe. You may feel dizzy or weak.
A meta-analysis of more than 5,500 patients scored the incidence of panic attacks and panic disorder across a number of other mental disorders. Of these, 61 patients had bipolar disorder.
Among those patients, 7.6% were diagnosed with panic disorder, 4.6% had a history of panic attacks, and 9% were currently having panic attacks. While those figures aren't as high as most of the other conditions listed (including several anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder), they still give a good look at the prevalence of panic attacks in bipolar disorder. Almost one out of ten of us is experiencing panic attacks at any...
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