Our expert says:
Bipolar Mood Disordr is now a well-recognized and accepted concept ( broadly, what used to be called Manic Depressive Disorder ). Because it is a complex and varied condition, there are a number of other sub-classiicaions and descriptions used by people who deal with it a great deal, though these have not all been widely accepted or standardized so far. IN many Bipolar Disorders, the shifts of mood are relatively slow and longer-lasting ; some are called "Rapid-Cycling" in that the changes are more rapid.
The Anxiety-Depression Support Group (number on this page ) may be able to help you find a local support group that can help you meet with others coping with these problems. And ask to see her psychiatrist for a detailed explanation of HER Bipolar Disorder, and how you could help --- and the psychiatrist should also work with her on how she can be more bearable to be with, and more helpable. And yes, it doesn't sound as though the psychiatrist working with ehr has yet found the right combination or doses of meds to control her mood swings.
I wonder whether this apparent worsening of the disorder may be related to the relatively recent childbith, as the hormonal swings of pregnancy and birth can readily complicate mood disorders
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