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Bipolar Disorder Treatment
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Living with bipolar disorder may cause challenges in one’s life — but it does not need to disrupt one’s life entirely and get in the way of daily activities and relationships.
Bipolar disorder is not so rare of a condition. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly 5 million U.S. adults have a bipolar diagnosis.
While there is no cure for bipolar disorder, there are many effective treatment options available that can help one improve their quality of life. Bipolar treatment can help one better manage depressive and manic episodes and cope with the symptoms that come with them.
Safe & Sound Treatment in Costa Mesa understands the challenges that come with bipolar disorder and want to provide the tools and education to help you better manage your bipolar disorder symptoms and live a happy, fulfilling life.
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness that is characterized by intense shifts in one’s mood, energy and even cognitive abilities. People with bipolar disorder experience manic episodes (periods of enhanced mood and high energy) and depressive episodes (periods of low mood and low energy).
Everyone has their ups and downs, but people with bipolar disorders have more dramatic and cyclical mood shifts. However, these shifts may also happen rapidly, last extended periods of time, or even simultaneously.
These shifts are not always experienced the same way, as symptoms may happen along a spectrum. In extreme cases, periods of mania or depression can cause psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions.
Mania and Hypomania
Manic episodes (mania) may make a person feel excited, euphoric, impulsive, and energetic — a sort of unsustainable emotional high. During these periods a person may have uncontrollable, racing thoughts that may cause one behave out-of-character.
Common behaviors that might happen during a manic episode can include drug or alcohol use, unsafe sexual activity, gambling, spending sprees, quiting a job, taking an impulsive vacation, unsafe driving, etc.
Hypomanic episodes (hypomania) is essentially a less severe form of mania, more associated with bipolar II disorder. These episodes are harder to notice by the person with the disorder and the people around them.
Generally, a hypomanic episode might not cause someone to behave out-of-character. But, the person will still feel heightened levels of energy and perhaps be more productive than usual.
The difference between Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and depression in bipolar disorder is that the bipolar person may have “up” and “down” mood states. A person with MDD generally just remains “down” until the condition has been properly addressed or treated.
Still, the depression symptoms are typically felt in similar ways.
Bipolar-related episodes of major depression include five or more of the following:
Not everyone with bipolar disorder experiences depressive episodes, though most do. Because the highs associated with manic episodes are unsustainable, they can eventually lead to a depressive crash.
Bipolar Disorder Types
Because bipolar disorder can be seen as a spectrum (like most psychiatric disorders) we can categorize it into different types.
Diagnosing these conditions can be difficult and requires physical and mental examinations, interviews, and lab testing. If no other conditions or substances are causing these symptoms, it is recommended that a person seek professional mental health care.
Treatment & Therapies
There are several treatments that may help a person gain better control over their symptoms, including medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle adjustments.