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Bipolar Disorder 

Definition:

Bipolar disorder — sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania.

  • When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities.
  • When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy.
  • Mood shifts may occur only a few times a year, or as often as several times a day.
  • In some cases, bipolar disorder causes signs of depression and mania at the same time.

Symptoms of Manic phase of bipolar disorder can include:

  • Euphoria
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Poor judgment
  • Rapid speech or Racing thoughts
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Agitation, irritation or easily distracted
  • Increased physical activity or Risky behavior
  • Spending sprees or unwise financial choices
  • Increased drive to perform or achieve goals
  • Increasedsex drive
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Care lessor dangerous use of drugs or alcohol
  • Frequent absences from work or school
  • Delusions or a break from reality (psychosis)
  • Poor performance at work or school

Signs of Depressive phase of bipolar disorder can include:

  • Sadness or Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts or self-harm behaviors
  • Anxiety or Guilt
  • Sleeper appetite disturbances
  • Loss of interest in activities once considered enjoyable
  • Problems concentrating
  • Irritability or Fatigue
  • Chronic pain without a known cause
  • Frequent absences from work or school
  • Poor performance at work or school

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but several factors seem to be involved in causing and triggering bipolar episodes. These include:

  • Biological differences
  • Imbalance in naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters
  • Imbalanced hormones, or
  • Environmental stress, abuse, significant loss or other traumatic experiences.

Treatment:

Medications and Psychotherapy are vital parts of bipolar disorder treatment. Although bipolar disorder is a disruptive, long-term condition, you can keep your moods in check by following a treatment plan. Inmost cases, bipolar disorder can be controlled with medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy).