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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Main categories of BIPOLAR DISORDER

  1. Mania
  2. Hypomanic
  3. Depressive

What is MANIA…???

The word “MANIA” describes the times when someone feels overly excited and confident. These feelings can also involve irritability and impulsive or reckless decision-making

Symptoms of MANIA

  1. Manic Episode- A period of persistently elevated, expansive and irritable mood
  2. Excessive happiness, hopefulness, and excitement
  3. Inflated self esteem
  4. More talkativeness than usual
  5. Poor concentration
  6. Decreased need to sleep
  7. High sex drive
  8. Making grand and unrealistic plans
  9. Showing poor judgment
  10. Marked impairment in functioning- social and occupational

What is DEPRESSION?

  1. It describes the times when the person feels very sad or depressed
  2. The person loses interest in activities that were enjoyed earlier

Symptoms of DEPRESSION

  1. Depressed mood most of the day
  2. Loss of interest
  3. Weight loss or weight gain
  4. Sleeping too much or too little
  5. Agitation
  6. Feelings of loss of energy
  7. Feeling worthless or guilty
  8. Inability to concentrate & indecisiveness
  9. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal attempt

People who have bipolar disorder can have periods in which they feel overly happy and energized and other periods of feeling very sad, hopeless, and sluggish. In between those periods, they usually feel normal. You can think of the highs and the lows as two “poles” of mood, which is why it’s called “bipolar” disorder

Two Poles of Bipolar Disorder

The Highs

  • Over Excitement
  • Restlessness
  • High Sex Drive
  • More Impulsive
  • Making Unrealistic Plans
  • Drug & Alcohol Abuse
  • Poor Concentration

The Lows

  • Sadness
  • Insomnia
  • Thoughts of Suicide Or Attempting of Suicide
  • Uncontrollable Crying
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Loss of Energy
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Trouble Making Decisions

Treatment

  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Individual Psycotherapy
  • Family Focused Therapy