OCD Symptoms

OCD Symptoms- It is normal, on occasion to go and double check the things that we all missed or not remembered. For instance, checking ‘the door is locked or not’, ‘checking pocket for a wallet’. But what if this loop keeps repeating for ‘n’ number of time. This medical condition is known as obsessive-compulsive disorder […]

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12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymo...

Are you in search of the best recovery process for yourself or for your close one to come out of Alcohol addiction? You are not alone. It is possible with 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous programs. What are these 12 step programs helping quit alcohol and how do they work? Alcoholics Anonymous is a process of […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a chronic disorder that is characterized by feelings of fear, unreasonable or obsessive thoughts such as a person feels the need to repeat a task like washing his/her hands repetitively even when it is unnecessary or arranging the objects over and over again. This can even lead to severe OCD that […]

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What is OCD?

What is OCD behavior!- Nation Institute of Mental Health states that about 2 percent of the population currently suffers from OCD- Which is comparatively higher than the individuals who are suffering from other illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar and ADHD. Researchers believe that both environmental and neurobiological predispositions collectively play a vital role wherein the individual […]

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Types of Addiction

Anything taken to an excessive level can result in addiction.  The types of addiction range from the substance like alcohol to behaviors like gambling. Dependence can be both emotional and behavioral.  Common symptoms are seen in addiction: Numerous failed attempts to stop the behavior Withdrawal symptoms Lack of Control over the intake Risk-Taking Behavior Being secretive about their addictive […]

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Bipolar Disorder Can Be Treated

Bipolar Disorder, Mood SwingsBipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, also known as ‘Manic Depression’, is a serious mental disorder causing extreme mood swings between mania and depression. But unlike ordinary mood swings, the behavioural changes in bipolar disorder are more intense, last a longer time and interfere with day-to-day life. However, bipolar disorder can be treated with medication and psychotherapy.

Types of Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar Disorder Type I – It refers to periods of extreme manic episodes or mixed episodes – involving both mania and depression. Severe manic symptom cases may also require hospitalization
  • Bipolar Disorder Type II – It is marked by episodes of severe depression and mild hypomania
  • Cyclothymic disorder – It involves multiple periods of hypomania as well as mild depression over time. The episodes are not too severe or long-lasting
  • Rapid Cycling – It involves a person experiencing four or more manic or depressive episodes in a year, which can lead to severe depression or suicide attempts
  • Mixed Features – A person experiences polarizing symptoms of mania and depression simultaneously

Symptoms

Each stage of Bipolar disorder exhibits different symptoms that can vary between individuals. The most common symptoms are broadly divided into two stages.

Mania Depression
●      Feel overly elated and outgoing

●      Hyper energetic

●      Driven and restless

●      Suffer from insomnia

●      Reckless, impulsive and high-risk behaviour

●      Being irritable

●      Talking fast

●      Try to do multiple things simultaneously

 

●      Sudden decrease in activity levels

●      Feel sad and hopeless

●      Sleep too much or too little

●      Fatigued and slowed behaviour

●      Weight fluctuations

●      Feel unnecessary guilt

●      Indecisive and loss of interest

●      Anxiety

●      Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Causes:

There are many factors known to increase the risk of having bipolar disorder, including –

Family history: Bipolar disorder run in families. Genetic influences increase the risk of inheriting bipolar disorder ten-fold compared to general population, if one has a sibling or parent suffering from it.

Environmental :

The surrounding environment plays a big role in development of a child’s psychological health. It is found that the traumatic or abusive experiences in childhood can result in mood swings that can eventually lead to a full-blown disorder.

Brain function: MRI studies show the abnormal modulation of amygdala and other regions of brain causing erratic mood symptoms amongst those suffering from bipolar disorder.

Early diagnosis along with a proper treatment including medication and therapy can even help in severe cases of bipolar disorder and help the patient lead a balanced and productive life.

If you or your loved one is suffering from #BipolarDisorder urge them to seek help.

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