Long Term Rehabilitation for D...

Addiction to being sober for long is not a cakewalk. It takes a lot of courage, determination and strength to achieve it. If you have been a drug or alcohol addict and you are over it now then thank and congratulate yourself because you deserve one. If you are not able to get over it […]

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BIPOLAR DISORDER FACTS

This blog is a compilation of the common questions asked by patients with bipolar disorder and their family members.  It is completely for the knowledge, short-term recovery, and most importantly to imbibe self-confidence for the individuals that – You’re not alone! I read that ‘people with bipolar disorder can’t switch to normal life again‘ is […]

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What is sniffing addiction?

Sniffing is an act of inhaling substance right from the container of the substance. Sniffing involves either pouring or spraying a substance on a cloth and holding that soaked cloth to the nose or placing it in the mouth. And bagging is where fumes from the substance are trapped in a bag and then held […]

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Celebrities with Bipolar Disor...

‘Like seriously!!!???’ We do say “what?!”, “really!?”, “OMG!!!”; when we are surprised. When we know something new we are surprised, and when we know about the famous faces, this expression is magnified and the news goes viral. Especially celebrities with an illness like bipolar disorder. Do these faces look familiar to you? Yes, these faces […]

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Ice Addiction

Crystal meth, commonly known as ice, is now considered one of the most dangerous drugs (Ice addiction). Ice is the purest form of the drug methamphetamine. Smoking ice is considered to be the most addictive form of intake. It causes severe damage, both physical and mental, to the abuser. Like any other form of addiction, […]

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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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