“Even though bipolar disorder is a life-long illness…. [our professionals] assist individuals to gain better control of their mood swings, and other bipolar-related symptoms, in order to assist each individual to lead a healthy and productive life”.
Bipolar disorder is disorder of the brain that causes unusual patterns and shifts in the following three areas: mood, activity levels, and one’s ability to function and carry out day-to-day tasks. There are 4 basic types of Bipolar Disorder; Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic disorder, and other specified and unspecified bipolar related disorders. All four types of involve distinct variations in mood, activity levels, and one’s ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. An individual with a bipolar disorder can range between periods of manic, or extremely high and energized behavior, to periods of depressive, or very low and hopeless periods of behavior and energy.
Since there are four types of bipolar disorder, each classified by specific symptoms of both the severity of manic and/or depressive symptoms as well as the number of episodes occurring within a given period of time, there are several signs and symptoms a person with bipolar disorder could exhibit. Below there are two lists of symptoms a person may experience. One list has some symptoms a person may experience with a manic episode and the other list is a list of some symptoms a person may experience with a depressive episode:
– Has a lot of energy, feels “wired”
– Feels extremely confident
– Talks really fast about a lot of different things
– Is agitated, irritable, or “touchy”
– Reduced need for sleep
– Has very little energy
– Has troubles sleeping, he/she may sleep too little or too much
– Feels like he/she can’t enjoy anything
– Feels worried or empty
A complete list and a more detailed explanation of the symptoms and each type of bipolar disorder can be found on our website under the “Education” tab, or click here.
If you or a loved one thinks he/she/they may be suffering from a bipolar disorder it is important that you seek help with one of our mental health professionals at Life Change Associates. We can ensure an accurate diagnosis so the most effective treatment plan can be determined. Even though bipolar disorder is a life-long illness, our health care professionals work hard to determine the best course of treatment, even for the most extreme cases, to assist individuals to gain better control of their mood swings and other bipolar-related symptoms, in order to assist each individual to lead a healthy and productive life.
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