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Bipolar Disorder , need to focus

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I think I may have bipolar disorder type I, and I feel like I need to talk about it. I am not sure that it is a problem, I am about to finish my PhD, I am a published scientist, and I recoginze the warning signs of a potential high and work through meditation to lower my mood and during a low exercise. I have found that some of my most acedemically productive times are high periods which generally last a week, and result in excellent works that are make it though the peer review process. I think my main problem is a seeming inability to focus on one project to completion, and I keep hearing from my committee and recently a eminent scientist in my field that I met for a post-doc that I need to focus. My impression is that the seemingly wide scope of my studies in actuality on the same topic is giving me prespective that might one day lead to a major breakthrough (although is this a feeling of grandeur?). I've spent too much time thinking on this and I need to vocalize this problem.

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replied July 13th, 2010
Bipolar Disorder Answer A14213
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
Your concern seems to be about Bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder is characterised by unpredictable swings in mood from mania to depression. Mood fluctuations are chronic and should be present for at least 2 years before the diagnosis is made. During a manic episode, increased psychomotor activity, decreased need for sleep, impulsivity and impaired judgment are the main features. Signs and symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder include persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger, isolation, or hopelessness; disturbances in sleep and appetite; fatigue and loss of interest in usually enjoyable activities; problems concentrating; loneliness, self-loathing, apathy or indifference; depersonalization.
In the Bipolar disorder (manic phase), patient usually has impulsivity and impairment in judgment and expansive, grandiose and irritable mood. You might be suffering from Bipolar disorder if the symptoms you have described are disrupting your routine life but the definitive diagnosis cannot be made online You need an appointment with your psychiatrist who might like to analyse your case thoroughly and institute appropriate therapy if required.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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