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Bipolar disorder touches a lot of persons around the world.  Luckily, if diagnosed right, it is a controllable illness.

Bipolar disorder generally starts off in late adolescence, although it can begin 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 shows a genetic attachment and therefore oftentimes can be encountered in family members. 

And similar to most 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 called manic depression, is demonstrated by extreme alterations in mood, energy, thoughts and behavior.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Generally, individuals with this illness typically encounter periods of extreme highs (periods of mania) and lows (periods of depression).

Examples of symptoms of the “high" periods include:
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Higher levels of physical energy
  • Utmost irritability
  • A heightened sense of self-worth and self-confidence
  • The pace of speech become faster than normal
  • Reckless behavior, which can mean impaired judgment
  • Hallucinations and delusions
Examples of symptoms of the “low” periods include:
  • Dimished energy, enduring lethargy
  • Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
  • Unneeded worrying
  • Decreased appetite
  • A feeling of indifference
  • Withdrawal from all social interactions or situations
  • Mental images of death or suicide

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Bipolar I and II - What Are The Differences?

The harshness 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) continuing just about every day for at least 1 week) and one or more major depressive episodes.

Bipolar I disorder is the most severe form of the illness demonstrated by extreme manic episodes.

Bipolar II Disorder

This malady is shown by one or more depressive (low) episode accompanied by at least one hypomanic episode.

Hypomanic episodes have symptoms very similar to manic episodes but are less severe, but must be clearly opposite from a person’s non-depressed frame of mind.

It is crucial to note that for some people, hypomanic episodes are not severe enough to cause notable issues in social activities or work.

Bipolar Disorder Treatments

  • Medications, which can encompass mood stabilizers, antidepressants (which can be used in combination with a mood stabilizer for those experiencing depressive episodes) and antipsychotics (which are used primarily to handle mania).
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Dietary supplements
  • Talk therapy, or psychotherapy. Talk therapy is discussing with a mental health practionaire about your situation including your condition, your relationships with other persons, and how you feel about yourself.  This trained health care specialist can support you learn how to sort out your thoughts and feelings.
  • Support groups and treatment facilities
Bipolar Disorder in Children

Symptoms of bipolar disorder may be hard to notice in children, as they can be mistaken for emotions and behaviors typically noticed in children and adolescents. Symptoms of mania and depression may appear in a variety of behaviors.

When experiencing low periods, there may be such consequences as headaches, stomach aches, reduced performance in school, poor communication, extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure and feeling lethargic.

Likewise, when experiencing high episodes, children are apt to be irritable and prone to destructive behavior patterns.  Unlike adults, they may not feel elated or euphoric.

Get Help

Please acknowledge that you cannot diagnose yourself - only a properly trained health health care specialist can stipulate 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 treated effectively to allow a person affected by this illness to live a long, happy and peaceful life.

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