Learning to live with bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is a condition defined by unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups-and-downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder is treatable – a combination of professional bipolar counseling and medication helps most people return to productive and fulfilling lives.
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Bipolar symptoms may seem like separate problems, without being recognized as parts of a larger problem – so it can be years before a person is properly diagnosed and treated. Bipolar disorder often develops in a persons late teens or early adult years – it has been reported that at least half of all cases start before age 25. Some people have their first symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.
Bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person’s life. Bipolar counseling can help.
Bipolar mood changes are called episodes, and people usually shift from manic to depressive episodes.
Common signs and symptoms of a manic episode include:
- Euphoric or excessively “high” mood
- Extreme irritability
- Unrealistic beliefs in ones abilities and powers
- Decreased need for sleep without feeling tired
- Racing thoughts or fast speech
- Distractibility or difficulty concentrating
- Spending sprees.
Common signs and symptoms of a depressive episode include:
- Feeling very sad or “down”
- Feeling worried and empty
- Having trouble concentrating
- Forgetting things
- Losing interest in fun activities and becoming less active
- Having trouble sleeping
- Thinking about death or suicide.
Contact us to learn more about how we support you in managing your bipolar condition.
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