No Improvement in Sis's Condition
[Home] [Bipolar News] [Bipolar Disorder] [Medications] [Treatments] [Bipolar Disorder/Job/School] [Disabilities] [Ask the Doctor] [Ask David] [Self-Injury] [Personal Stories] [Graham's Column] [Steven's Column] [Storm's Column] [Columnist Archives] [Suicide] [Community Support] [Family Members] [Expressions] [Greeting Cards] [Books] [Awards] [Links & Rings] [About Us] [Contact Us]


Q:  No Improvement in Sis's Condition

My  sister has been diagnosed as having Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia by several Psychiatrists.  She had nine fits during the last 14 years.  One psychiatrist diagnosed as Tempotal Lobe Epilepsy.  Her MRI &EEG are ok. She is using tablets(Seizunil,Cap-Olanzia).But,there is no improvement in her condition.  i can send you her complete casehistory if you want Please suggest her  some treatment as soon as possible. 


Dear FR -- 
Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and "bipolar disorder" look pretty similar sometimes.  For example, here is a new article that tries to figure out whether Vincent van Gogh had
bipolar disorder or TLE.  But, except for lithium, which would still be worth considering, the treatment for each is very, very similar.  As you've probably learned, in bipolar disorder we call the medications "mood stabilizers", but most of the options are anti-seizure medications.   So generally someone like your sister would be given mood stabilizer medications until the "fits" stopped happening, even if her EEG is "normal". 

Dr. Phelps

Published November, 2002 


Bipolar World   1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Allie Bloom, David Schafer, M.Ed. (Blackdog)
Partners:  John Haeckel, Judith (Duff) 
Founder:  Colleen Sullivan

Email Us at Bipolar World


About Us  Add a Link  Advance Directives  Alternative Treatments  Ask the Doctor   Ask Dr. Plyler about Bipolar Disorder   Ask The Doctor/ Topic Archives  Awards  Benny the Bipolar Puppy  Bipolar Chat  Bipolar Children  Bipolar Disorder News  Bipolar Help Contract  Bipolar World Forums  Book Reviews  Bookstore  BP & Other mental Illness   Clinical Research Trials & FDA Drug Approval   Community Support   Contact Us  The Continuum of Mania and Depression   Coping   Criteria    Criteria and Diagnosis  Criteria-World Health Disabilities,  DSMV-IV   Dual Diagnosis  eGroups  Expressions (Poetry, Inspiration, Humor, Art Gallery, Memorials  Family Members   Getting Help for a Loved One who Refuses Treatment  Greeting Cards  History of Mental Illness  Indigo  Job and School  Links  Manage Your Medications  Medications   Medication and Weight Gain    News of the Day  Parent Chat  Pay for Meds  Personal Stories  Self Help  Self Injury  Significant Others  Stigma and Mental Health Law  Storm's Column  Suicide!!!  The Suicide Wall  Table of Contents   Treatments  Treatment Compliance  US Disability  Veteran's Chat  What's New?