Bipolar Disorder (previously Manic Depressive Disorder) is a psychiatric condition in which a person alternates between the highs of mania and the lows of depression. Contrary to popular belief, people with Bipolar Disorder do spend considerable time in a ‘normal’ emotional state (neither manic nor depressed). During their depression people with Bipolar Disorder often have low energy, difficulty with motivation, increased sleep, and can even experience suicidal thoughts. During their mania people with Bipolar Disorder often have an excess of energy, talk rapidly, are distractible, can make impulsive decisions, and can engage in reckless or dangerous behavior. The exact nature and behaviors of Bipolar Disorder varies from one person to the next, which is why a thorough assessment is important before diagnosing a person with Bipolar Disorder.
People diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder often have to take prescribed medications for the rest of their lives. For this reason it is a good idea to be partnered with a trusted psychiatrist who can manage the medications and make adjustment as necessary. Unfortunately, because these medications can have side effects, some people stop taking their medications. For these people individual therapy can be beneficial to help them learn to recognize and manage their symptoms, and improve their ability to seek their support systems when they notice the onset of depression or mania.
It is important to be aware that there are other mental health conditions that can resemble, and be misidentified as Bipolar Disorder. Examples of such conditions include PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, general irritability, and even Schizophrenia. Additionally, substance use can often lead to emotional and behavioral patterns that resemble those seen in Bipolar Disorder. These similarities are another reason why it is important to have a thorough assessment before diagnosing a person with Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Services in Minneapolis
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational and informative purposes only, and is not intended to be used to help diagnose or treat Bipolar Disorder. Only a qualified mental health professional can render a diagnosis and provide adequate treatment for Bipolar Disorder.
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