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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.
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Asthma is often believed to be a children's disease that you either outgrow as an adult or never develop once you're an adult. But that is not the case. People who develop adult asthma are often puzzled by their asthma symptoms . Once diagnosed with asthma, they have a hard time accepting it. They would rather suffer at home than seek asthma treatment. But when the respiratory therapist gives them a treatment they will say, "Wow, I didn't even realize I was short-of-breath." Famous Olympic swimmer Dara Torres may have been this kind of asthmatic. But now, I'm sure, she is a Gallant asthmatic. Asthma Attitude: "I don't have asthma. I'm an adult! Asthma Strengths: They may seek as much information about their symptoms as possible and ask their doctors a lot of questions to make sure they have the right diagnosis. Asthma Weaknesses: Denial can stop these asthmatics from getting the asthma treatment they need to live their full, active lives. Lessons to L...
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