Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, affects more than 5.7 million adults in the United States. What distinguishes bipolar disorder is the shifts in mood that occur. You might experience high periods with lots of energy (manic episodes). These will be followed by extremely low, hopeless periods (depressive episodes).
Do I have bipolar disorder?
If you’re suffering from bipolar disorder, you may have some of the following symptoms:
During a manic episode, you may:
Feel very high, elated, wired, or jumpy
Have a lot of energy and the desire for increased activity
Have difficulty sleeping
Feel as though your thoughts are racing, and you may speak very quickly about different topics
Feel abnormally agitated or irritable
Want to do risky things, such as spend a lot of money or partake in other reckless activities
During a depressive episode, you may:
Feel sad, down, empty, or hopeless
Have little energy and no desire for activity
Have difficulty sleeping (too much or too little)
Feel worried, empty, or that you can’t enjoy anything around you
Have trouble concentrating and feel forgetful of things
Eat too much or too little
Think about death or suicide**
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There are four distinct categories of Bipolar Disorder. They are all characterized by mood changes and shifts in energy or activity levels. They include:
Bipolar I Disorder: when you experience manic episodes or symptoms lasting more than a week. These will be followed by depressive episodes that can last at least two weeks. These symptoms are often so severe that they may require hospital treatment.
Bipolar II Disorder: when there is a pattern of depressive or hypomanic episodes. They are not so severe that they are diagnosed as “manic” episodes.
Cyclothymic Disorder: when you experience hypomanic or depressive symptoms for a long period of time. The symptoms, however, do not fully meet the diagnostic requirements for either of the above categories.
Other Bipolar & Related Disorders: other forms of bipolar disorder that do not fall into any of the above categories.**
Sometimes it can feel like a rollercoaster...
Mania, while often described as being a “high”, can be extraordinarily challenging when it goes beyond a manageable level. Particularly when following a depressive episode, the positive moods surrounding mania may feel desirable. Over time, however, the manic episode can cause irritability and rash or unpredictable behavior. Reckless decisions or risk taking can make mania particularly difficult to manage.
Individuals with bipolar disorder may not always suffer from full-blown manic episodes, however. Hypomania is a similar, milder form of mania. Oftentimes individuals who experience hypomania do not find it debilitating. Friends or family may notice mood swings, however, and this may make the bipolar disorder identifiable.
The depressive episodes of bipolar disorder can be exhausting. It may be difficult to get out of bed, or you may find yourself having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. These periods are primarily defined by feeling extremely low. You may lack the desire to socialize or even complete menial tasks such as eating.
Feelings of guilt, failure, or loss may become overwhelming and can lead to suicidal thoughts. If you are experiencing any such thoughts, reach out to us 323-457-8208 for immediate help.
Where does it come from?
There are a handful of factors that can lead to a higher chance of having bipolar disorder, or trigger a manic or depressive episode.
Genetics: The chances of developing bipolar disorder are increased if you have family members who also have the disorder. This is not always the case, however. A family member may have bipolar disorder while no other relatives develop it.
Stress: Major stress caused my a traumatic event or life change can trigger a manic or depressive episode. Examples of triggers may include, but are not limited to: illness, breakup or divorce, financial difficulties, or a death in the family.**
Managing bipolar disorder can feel daunting, but know that you are not alone. Located in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CAST Centers is a bipolar disorder treatment center focused on helping you to heal and feel empowered in your life once again.
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