Information on bipolar brain image
impacts many people worldwide. Luckily, if diagnosed
the right way, it is a treatable illness.
Bipolar disorder typically starts in late adolescence, although it can
set in at any age. This illness is not gender-specific, meaning it
impacts both males and females equally. Additionally, it can be
observed in all races, ethnic groups and social classes.
Furthermore, bipolar disorder tends to have a genetic bond and
therefore oftentimes can be found in family members.
to many other mental illnesses, like depression, bipolar disorder can
negatively affect the lives of other people such as spouses and
partners, family members, friends and coworkers.
Bipolar disorder, which is also known as
manic depression, is exhibited by extreme changes in mood, energy,
thoughts and behavior.
As a whole, people with this illness
oft encounter episodes of
extreme highs (periods of mania) and lows (episodes of depression).
Examples of symptoms of the “high" periods
- Aggressive behavior
- Increased physical energy
- Extreme irritability
- An inflated sense of self-worth and self-confidence
- The pace of speech become faster than normal
- Reckless behavior, which can imply impaired judgment
- Hallucinations and delusions
|Examples of symptoms of the “low” periods
- Decreased energy, lasting lethargy
- Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Unnecessary worrying
- Decreased appetite
- A feeling of indifference
- Withdrawal from all social interactions or situations
- Mental images of death or suicide
|Bipolar I and
II - What
Are The Differences?
The severity and patterns of symptoms of the highs and lows determine
the different types of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar I Disorder
This disorder is exhibited by one or more high (manic) episodes or
mixed episodes (symptoms of both a mania (high) and a depression (low)
taking place nearly every day for at least 1 week) and one or more major
Hypomanic episodes have
symptoms similar to manic episodes but are less severe, but must be
clearly opposite from a person’s non-depressed state of mind.
|Bipolar I disorder is the
most severe form of the
illness marked by extreme manic periods.
Bipolar II Disorder
This malady is characterized by one or more depressive (low) episode
accompanied by at least one hypomanic episode.
It is important to note that for some individuals, hypomanic episodes
are not severe enough to induce notable problems in social activities or
- Medications, which can encompass mood stabilizers,
(which can be used in combination with a mood stabilizer for persons
experiencing depressive episodes) and antipsychotics (which are used
primarily to handle mania).
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
- Talk therapy, or psychotherapy. Talk therapy is talking
mental health health care specialist about your situation including your
condition, your relationships with other people, and how you feel about
yourself. This trained professional can support you learn how to
make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
Disorder in Children
- Support groups and treatment facilities
Symptoms of bipolar disorder may be difficult to observe in children,
as they can be mistaken for emotions and behaviors often noticed in
children and adolescents. Symptoms of mania and depression could appear
in a variety of behaviors.
When experiencing low episodes, there may be such consequences as headaches,
stomach aches, reduced performance in school, poor communication,
extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure and feeling very tired.
Likewise, when experiencing high periods, children are more likely to
be irritable and prone to destructive behavior patterns. Unlike adults,
they may not feel elated or euphoric.
Please acknowledge that you cannot diagnose yourself - only a properly trained
health health care specialist can specify if you have bipolar disorder.
Therefore, all symptoms should be discussed with your health care specialist.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong medical condition that can be dealt with
effectively to allow a person affected by this illness to live a long,
happy and fulfilling life.