Bipolar Disorder

How Can Bipolar Disorder Impact Your Life?

Bipolar Disorder, also referred to as manic-depressive disorder, is a mood disorder characterized by unusual changes in energy and activity levels. Those suffering from Bipolar Disorder typically experience a heightened range of manic ups and depressive lows that can make it especially challenging to maintain relationships and accomplish daily activities. The mood swings you experience as a result of Bipolar Disorder can dramatically affect behaviors, feelings, and your emotional well-being. Bipolar Disorder is usually diagnosed in early adulthood, though children and adolescents may also suffer from the disorder. If you think you or someone you care about may be suffering from Bipolar Disorder, it’s important to reach out for help. With proper diagnosis and treatment, those with Bipolar Disorder can learn to manage their symptoms and lead happy healthy lives.

How Can Bipolar Disorder Impact Your Life?

While Bipolar disorder occurs with different levels of severity and acuity, Bipolar I is accompanied by manic episodes lasting up to 7 days followed by intense depressive episodes that can last for more than 2 weeks. Bipolar Disorder presents itself in 3 distinct forms with gradation in symptoms and frequency of occurrence.

Bipolar I: The highest level of acuity, with fast interval shifts between Depressive and Manic episodes. In some instances, symptoms of both euphoria and depression.

Bipolar II: Less severe than Bipolar I and classified by hypomanic and depressive episodes. Bipolar II has more muted symptoms and does not cycle as rapidly as Bipolar I.

Cyclothymic Disorder: General patterns of symptoms and episodes may not reach the full diagnosable criteria and each manic or depressive episode can last longer than a year.

What Are The Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder?

In a manic episode, one might experience symptoms that dramatically affect sleeping and eating patterns, with heightened energy levels, irritability, unusually risky behaviors, and hyperactivity. In contrast, depressive periods are characterized by pervasive feelings of sadness and a sense of abandonment and can be accompanied by abnormal increases in sleep, suicidal thoughts, trouble concentrating, and general sluggishness.

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