Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is sometimes called manic-depressive disorder. Bipolar can have serious life consequences if not treated.   Bipolar is generally characterized by extreme mood changes that go from manic to deep depression,  although not all cases of Bipolar show strong shifts from mania to depression.  Bipolar is difficult to diagnose because it is not always seen with the most intense mood swings.  Generally, mood swings will last for weeks to months.  Day to day and hour to hour mood swings are not typical of Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar is a serious mental health issue. It can lead a person to risky behavior such as extreme over spending, erratic decisions, risky sexual activity, and impulsive behavior that can damage or destroy relationships, finances or careers.

People experiencing a manic phase can show extreme restlessness, not sleeping for days, extreme energy, euphoric moods, reckless behavior and erratic decision making.  They may also exhibit extreme irritation, anger, frustration and irrational thinking.  In the depressed phase, feelings of sadness, crying, hopelessness, loss of interest in life and low energy may emerge. In extreme cases of  mania, temporary psychosis or delusional thinking can develop, and when deeply depressed suicidal tendencies can emerge.

Bipolar requires treatment from a psychiatrist with medication to stabilize and follow-up counseling to manage behavior and moods.  Once moods swings are stabilized with medication, interventions such as Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Life Coaching , Holistic Counseling and Family Therapy can be effective in managing triggers to prevent relapses.