Does Carter show any signs of bipolar? : LUSENET : Weekly ER Summary Questions : One Thread


-- ER Online (, May 06, 2000


I haven't really seen any signs of Bipolar for carter yet. But maybe it will happen at the end of the season or start in the next season. amanda

-- Amanda B. (, May 10, 2000.

Stay tuned folks. The script is wonderful!

-- Mary Bogue (, May 11, 2000.

Yeah, I think I see some signs. First, the mood swings. One minute Carter is whistling, and the next he's in the bathroom sobbing. And since anything can trigger mood swings, I think giving a patient something they're allergic to, especially when they told you they were, should be enough. And it obvoiusly means a lot to him, because he lies to cover his mistake up.

-- Caran Wakefield (, May 12, 2000.

I did a little more research on bipolar, and I found some new symtoms. Feelings of irritability, anger, agitation, ect, are all symtoms he already shows. (Think the scene with Pueblo...) There's also decreased need for sleep. And Carter shows some signs of impatience, trying to take care of 2 patients at once.

-- Caran Wakefield (, May 12, 2000.

Good call! it does appear Carter has something clearly wrong with him, and bipolar might be it. Carter comes to blows with his former mentor Benton next week. Next week will be ....verrrry interesting.

-- vince f smith (, May 14, 2000.

Carter show signs more consistent with post-tramatic stress disorder than PTSD, especially when viewed etiologically. Carter does not meet any current diagnostic criteria for Bipolar I or II (See DSM-IV, APA, 1994). Remember that differential diagnosis requires that you rule out better explanations for behavior(such as other more applicable disorders), you amateur psychologists. Further, Carter doesn't show the marked symptoms of a major depressive episode that would be required for Bipolar I or II. He's certainly not hypomanic; he's suffering distress far more consistent with PTSD than any other diagnosis.

-- David Morgan (, November 10, 2000.

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