What is bipolar disorder? It is considered a mood disorder and is a lifetime health condition, unlike depression which will hopefully be cured. There is no cure for bipolar, but there is medication to help stabilise the condition.
People who experience bipolar disorder can have a wide range of emotions which can swing from depression to manic either over the years or in the case of rapid cycling over hours or days.
Bipolar disorder used to be called manic depression, but because of the polarity of the moods, it changed its name. Various mood changes are known as episodes, and people with bipolar can go for many years without a problem, or they can be dealing with an episode over a long period of time.
What Are The Symptoms
You can discover the symptoms of bipolar disorder in my article on this website. It is usually seen as depressive episodes and manic episodes, not usually at the same time. Still, some people experience this, and it is hazardous for the individual as this is when suicide can occur.
There are three types of bipolar, I, II and cyclothymic.
- Bipolar I is denoted by at least one manic episode and preceded or followed by a hypomanic or depressive episode.
- Bipolar II is denoted by one major depressive episode and one hypomanic episode but never a manic episode.
- Cyclothymic is denoted by two years (one for children) of hypomania and depression episodes over many times.
When to See a Doctor
The doctor likely finds you; from my experience, it is usually a manic or depressive phase that draws a doctor’s attention. You may find yourself being admitted into the hospital for treatment. If you feel you have the symptoms of bipolar, please seek out a doctor as soon as possible, as the quicker you receive treatment, the better your life will be, and you will feel more stable and less unpredictable.
Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
The treatment for bipolar usually involves medication, and they can be powerful medicines; however, at first, it is trial and error to see what suits you best. If you are lucky, the first combination of tablets will be the best ones for you. The tablets can come with a myriad of side effects that do dissipate over time. One problem is weight gain, and it is advisable to follow a healthy diet.
You might also be offered therapy to help, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), in order to discover trigger factors related to your diagnosis. If the lists are long for therapy, you can try using online CBT, you do have to pay, but at least you get seen quicker; [AF] I recommend Online Therapy they treat people all over the world.
When to Seek Emergency Help
Unfortunately, bipolar disorder, if left untreated, could result in suicide. If you or a loved one is feeling suicidal, please visit your doctor or go to the emergency room and seek help.
Here is a list of places you can contact:
- 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) US local suicide hotline
- 116 123 UK Samaritans
- For other countries use the Wikipedia page which lists by country.
You or a family member might be talking about suicide or thinking about it. There might also be the talk of self-harm to themselves or another person. The person could also be coming across as aggressive and reckless. In some cases, the person is delusional or hallucinating, meaning they do require hospitalisation.
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