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Suffer mood swings, gambling, take sudden decisions, having bipolar symptoms. Remedy?

hi i wonder if you can help me i suffer with moods of highs and lows and i also suffer with a gambling condition i have found that i make decisions with out thinkin of the consequences and i also do this in like a binge ii take money from people and gamble it even though they come to the house to get it i cant carry on like this and i am looking into c why i am doing this and i looked at the bipolar symptons and i have a lot of them i have taken quite a bit of cocaine and speed over the years and when ever i have some i go and cause problems can u help me
Asked On : Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi there, thanks for asking. As you mentioned cocaine and speed can be harmful for the brain function which is much more probable in chronic use. They can cause mood swing (moods of highs and lows) and also can lead to impulsive behaviors (like gambling and aggressiveness). They could also cause vascular problems and might even lead to heart damage. They are good non-pharmacological methods for cocaine and speed (methamphetamine) abstinence (like method of matrix) which you can ask your doctor to refer you. You can easily prevent your mood from highs and lows and I am happy that you are aware of that. I wish you the best health.
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Sundar Gnanavel's  Response
Thanks for your query. Bipolar disorder and drug abuse go hand in hand one leading to the other and leading to a vicious cycle. Hence I would suggest that you break the cycle by seeking treatment for heroin and cocaine abuse. I would suggest you undergo a thorough evaluation for both substance use and other psychiatric disorders including bipolar disorder. Effective medication and psychotherapy techniques are available to address the issues. Wish you speedy recovery.
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Answered: Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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