Bipolar Disorder

Managing your Bipolar Disorder

2.6 million adults in the United States live with bipolar disorder. For an individual living with bipolar disorder, some days may feel like you’re fighting a losing battle, but with the proper treatment and medication, the disorder can be effectively managed. Compassion Mental Health brings years of experience in the treatment of bipolar disorder including medication therapy, counseling, and the latest innovative techniques.

Bipolar Disorder:
A Definition

Bipolar Disorder is a common mental condition characterized by drastic changes in mood, impulsive tendencies, and extreme emotions. Individuals affected by bipolar disorder can quickly oscillate between feelings of euphoria or excitement and states of depression or hopelessness. Although the disorder presents differently in every individual, some patients experience mild, occasional mood swings, while others frequently suffer from more severe symptoms.

It can affect anyone at nearly any age, but in most cases, the disorder emerges in a person’s mid-20s. Bipolar disorder does not discriminate by gender, ethnicity, or social class, although most people diagnosed as bipolar seem to have a genetic predisposition to develop the disorder.

Individuals with bipolar disorder often experience periods of unusually intense emotion; changes in sleep patterns (e.g., lack of need to sleep) and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. Due to the disorder, individuals might become extremely angry, irritable, and aggressive over trivial matters, and it is not uncommon for individuals, who would otherwise not, to feel extremely disinhibited, engage in spending sprees, and become hypersexual.

There are three major types of bipolar disorder: Bipolar I disorder, Bipolar II disorder, and cyclothymic disorder.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could I need treatment for bipolar disorder?

If you suffer from the symptoms of bipolar disorder, then it is essential that you seek psychiatric treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, then the symptoms of bipolar disorder can worsen and even prompt extreme, reckless, or self-harming behavior.

Treatments available for bipolar disorder are designed to make living with the disorder far more manageable. Although not a cure for bipolar disorder, FDA-approved medications can help to stabilize your mood and treat depression. You might also need therapy to learn how to cope with bipolar disorder on a day-to-day basis.

To better manage your symptoms, your doctor will advise you of any lifestyle changes that you need to make, which could include avoiding stimulants and ensuring that you get plenty of sleep. During treatment, it is important that you speak with your doctor about your progress and express any dissatisfaction that you have with your medications. If you are highly satisfied with your treatment, then you are more likely to have a positive outlook on your ability to manage your illness.

If you have any additional questions on bipolar disorder please request to speak with a clinician.

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