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Bipolar Disorder is also known as "Manic Depressive Disorder". This forum is for questions and support for people with, or for loved ones of people with Bipolar Disorder. The forum covers topics ranging from Aggressive Behavior, Affect on friends and Family, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Appetite Changes, Chronic Pain, Denial, Depression, Difficulty Concentrating, Euphoria, Guilt, Manic Depression, Medications, Mood Swings, Poor Judgment, and Sleep Disorders

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Anyone diagnosed Bipolar or Depressive  or BPD needs to have a thyroid level test and a thyroid antibody test done.  It is a simple blood test. It is important to ask for these before beginning any medications.

Why?

Imbalance of the thyroid and/or thyroid disease (autoimmune) can mimic mental illnesses.  

They can cause depression, mania, psychosis, and unstable mood.

Always rule out medical causes first.

Take Care.
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212753 tn?1275076711
I have been saying this all along and its really important to have thyroid tested if you have been on lithium or depakopte. both these meds will damage the thyroid.. thanks chigirl for bringing this up.
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377600 tn?1225167036
Thanks...you are right about lithium and depakote--I didn't think about that.  Thanks for adding it.
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