The first step to finding treatment for bipolar disorder is understanding whether you need it.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder is a psychiatric illness that is characterized by an individual shifting from bouts of depression to manic episodes and back. People suffering from bipolar disorder find it difficult to achieve stable moods and require psychological counseling in conjunction with prescription medication.
There are 5 different classifications of bipolar disorder:
People with bipolar disorder can have up to 4 episodes a year. This is defined as rapid cycling, however, there can also be bouts of ultra-ultra rapid cycling where individuals may experience an episode daily. Usually, a person with bipolar disorder will only get one episode a year.
It is important to find out whether a person is suffering from bipolar disorder specifically, as depression and mania separately can be associated with a number of other psychological conditions. Here are a few signs and symptoms that a person might be bipolar:
This is a very common state of mind that is associated with someone that has bipolar disorder. Despite medication, and sometimes even as a direct result of medication, a person may start feeling so low that they start contemplating suicide. In such cases, seek a medical professional immediately or call a suicide hotline.
Irregular sleeping patterns are common when a person has symptoms of bipolar disorder. The individual might sleep longer hours or have insomnia, both of which can result in the person feeling sleepy throughout the day. Daily activities may be difficult to complete such as cooking, eating and studying which can result in the individual feeling unfulfilled and more depressed.
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