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Re: bipolar

Posted By HFHS M.D.-TB on April 20, 1999 at 17:50:41
Topic Area: Bipolar Disorder
when a person get manic depression is one of the symptoms having cold hands and feet and getting cold alone with manic and depression and seizures thank you

Dear Barbara,
Bipolar disorder, also known as "manic-depression" is characterized by episodes of mood disturbance.  Persons most typically have manic episodes, but the majority also have depressive episodes.  Cold hands and feet are not symptoms of bipolar disorder, but can be symptoms of anxiety, such as in a panic attack.  Persons having panic attacks complain of other physical symptoms such as rapid heart beat, shortness of breath, a choking sensation and nausea, among others.  Anxiety disorders can coincide with Bipolar disorder.
The symptoms of cold hands and feet could also be related to a medical problem such as decreased circulation or a possible medication side effect.  You should check with your physician regarding these symptoms and he or she will be able to obtain an accurate history/diagnosis and address it properly.  
I hope that this information has been helpful to you.  It is intended for educational purposes only and should not replace consultation with your physician.

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