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will OCD and bipolor have similar symptoms as hormone inbalance from menopause?

By Anonymous January 30, 2012 - 2:22pm
 
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The simple answer is no.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms include both obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessions associated with OCD are repeated, persistent and unwanted ideas, thoughts, images or impulses that you have involuntarily and seen to make no sense. For example, you have a fear of being contaminated by shaking hands or by touching objects that others have touched.

Compulsions associated with OCD are repetitive behaviors that you feel driven to perform. For example, you wash your hands until your skin becomes raw.

Bipolar disorder is divided into several subtypes- bipolar I, bipolar II and cyclothymic disorder. In general, symptoms include mood swings of varying severity.

The manic phase of bipolar disorder can include inflated self-esteem, rapid speech, euphoria and risky behavior.

The depressed phase of bipolar disorder can include hopelessness, suicidal behavior and problems concentrating.

Sleep disturbances and mood swings are two symptoms associated with menopause. Other symptoms include irregular periods, hot flashes, loss of breast fullness, vaginal dryness, thinning hair and increased abdominal fat.

In conclusion, the mood swings associated with menopause are not anything like the shifts from mania to depression associated with a bipolar disorder.

I hope I have answered your question.

Maryann

 

January 30, 2012 - 5:40pm
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