BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder is the extreme and rapidly-changing (oftentimes) disruptive mood swings that affect daily tasks. A person diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder will experience manic (elevated mood) and depressive periods. The manic period is characterized by exceptional energy and excitement which can lead to reckless behavior or loss of self-control. Extreme depressive periods are characterized by misery, hopelessness, or fatigue.

The bipolar condition is the 'mixed state'. Mixed states are prone to explosive violence and they are considered high-risk for suicidal behavior. People with bipolar disorder experience periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. These “mood episodes” force extreme changes in energy, activity, and sleep.

Bipolar disorders are lifelong illnesses. If you experience any combination of the symptoms listed below, seek professional help immediately to learn how to manage and control your moods. The most effective treatment for bipolar disorders always include a combination of medication, psychotherapy and alternative medical procedure.

  • “Up”, “High” or elated for no apparent reason

  • Sudden burst of tons of energy

  • Increased activity levels

  • “Jumpy” or “Wired” with no apparent reason

  • Trouble with sleeping

  • Become more active than usual

  • Be agitated, irritable, or “touchy”

  • Racy thoughts

  • Become inexplicably risky or reckless

MANIC STATE

DEPRESSIVE STATE

  • Sad, down, empty, or hopeless feeling

  • Drained energy

  • Decreased activity levels

  • Irregular sleep pattern

  • Worried and "empty"

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Excessively forgetful

  • Eat too much or too little

  • Prone to suicidal thoughts

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