Bipolar Disorder, is a mental condition characterized by mood swings, from high (manic) to low (depressed) It is also referred to as manic depression or manic depressive disorder.There are two main subtypes of bipolar disorder: Bipolar I- person has experienced at least one manic episode.Bipolar II-person experiences hypomanic episodes (which are mild high periods) and depression (lows).Many people who are afflicted by Bipolar disorder often feel misunderstood, but with the right diagnosis and medical care one can find assistance.
Bipolar disorder has a wide variety of symptoms that change whether in a manic or depressive period. While in a manic state symptoms may include speaking quickly, feeling easily distracted, being very energetic, or delusional. While in a depressive period one may have less energy, have difficulty focusing, feel tired or may even feel suicidal.
Recognizing one’s symptoms and seeking treatment is critical when it comes to managing life with Bipolar Disorder. By seeking the right health care professionals and following treatment plans you can take control of your health.
Bipolar disorder doesn't have to disrupt your life if you get the right treatment. The key to success is a carefully thought-out management plan, put together with the help of your doctor and other members of your health care team.
In order to ensure that your health is being properly managed, it is important to be compliant with what your health care provider advises. A majority of people who have Bipolar disorder (up to 64%) do not stick with their treatment plan over the course of their lives. Many people fear the stigma that comes attached to counselling and do not want to stay on medications for a long period of time. Some people can go years without suffering from a manic or depressive episode making medications seem unnecessary. Some people miss the "high" periods that they felt during mania, are in denial of the condition or cannot stand the side effects from medications. Unfortunately when a patient discontinues treatment without another plan in place it can result in personal setbacks including; financial difficulties, becoming jobless, broken relationships and depressive thinking linking to suicide attempts.
To ensure a person is successful when it comes to treating Bipolar disorder one must make sure that they have an open relationship with their physician. This will allow for a medical plan that is manageable for the patient while incorporating the best treatment options both through medication and therapy. A patient must also ensure that they have a safe plan in case they do have a depressive episode. This plan should include phone numbers of those they trust who will help them seek proper medical advice. Also ensuring one has a proper support team whether it be family or friends who can help assist when things seem to become too much is key to treating Bipolar disorder.