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The Bipolar Disorder Glossary - D

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Dalmane - see Flurazepam.

delirium - mental confusion which is usually temporary; disordered speech and hallucinations are often present.

delusion - a belief held despite evidence that it is not true.

dementia - mental deterioration due to organic causes.

Depakene - see Valproic Acid.

depression - an extreme mood of sadness with physical symptoms such as loss of appetite and sleep.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - A not-for-profit organization established to: Educate patients, families, mental health professionals, and the general public concerning the nature and management of depressive and manic-depressive illness as treatable medical diseases; foster self-help for patients and families; eliminate discrimination and stigma; Improve access to care; advocate for research toward the elimination of these illnesses.

Desipramine - a Tricyclic Antidepressant prescribed primarily for depression; brand names include Norpramin.

Desyrel - see Trazodone.

diagnosis - identification of a disease or disorder. For more, see Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV - a manual of mental disorders and the criteria for diagnosing these disorders which is published by American Psychiatric Association.

Diastat - see Diazepam.

Diazepam - a Benzodiazepine tranquilizer prescribed for anxiety, tension, fatigue, agitation and panic attacks; brand names include Diastat, Valium, Valrelease and Zetran; Diazepam side effects.

diplopia - double vision.

Divalproex Sodium - anticonvulsant prescribed for treatment of the manic phase of bipolar disorder; brand names include Depakote, Epival; for more, see Valproic Acid.

Doxepin Hydrochloride - a Tricyclic Antidepressant prescribed primarily for depression; brand names included Adapin, Sinequan and Zonalon; Doxepin side effects.

DSM IV - see Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Duralith - see Lithium Carbonate.

dysarthria - unclear speech.

dysphagia - difficulty swallowing.

dysphoric - feeling unwell or unhappy.

dystonia - muscle spasms.

dysuria - difficulty urinating


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