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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Hypomanic phase of Bipolar Disorder and its treatment options

Racing Thoughts - Could It Be HypoMania?Hypomania can be described as a part of Bipolar II Disorder. The symptoms are similar as that of Manic episodes, but with significant differences.

  • They aren’t severe enough to disrupt or interfere with day-to-day life, or require hospitalisation
  • They do not include psychotic features

Hypomania can leave people feeling euphoric, hyper energetic and productive and they may appear more outgoing, positive, sociable than they usually are. The episode can last at least 4 days, through most of the days. 3 or more of the following symptoms are found during hypomanic mood disturbance.

  • Exaggerated self confidence or self-esteem
  • Racing thoughts and rapid or speech
  • Hyperactivity
  • Decreased sleep
  • Impulsive decision
  • Erratic and risky behaviour like buying sprees, sexual indiscretions etc.

Hypomania often disguises itself under happiness and unabating optimism. Since the   symptoms are not severe, it is often difficult to accurately diagnose the cases early on. If left untreated, hypomania can escalate into a full-blown mania, followed by a major depressive episode. Hence, it is important to encourage patients to speak up for proper diagnosis and seek treatment. Treatments for hypomania include prescribing preventive drugs as well various therapies. The medication includes –

  • Mood stabilizers – Drugs like Lithium, Carbamazepine and Valproate are used to control elated moods. For e.g.
    • Lithium usually takes weeks to have an effect. But long-term use can adversely affect kidney and thyroid functioning
    • Carbamazepine is an antiseizure drug that helps preventing recurring episodes of highs and lows
  • Antipsychotic Drugs – Some antipsychotic drugs are used as a preventive measure depending on severity in certain cases
  • Tranquilizers – They provide a short-term control on symptoms like insomnia and agitation

Therapies for Hypomania treatment

  • Psychotherapy or ‘Talk Therapy’ – It helps in understanding one’s past, to bring necessary changes and avoid the occurrence of hypomanic symptoms. Talk therapy provides continued support to ensure that prescribed medicines are taken properly
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – It is normally a short-term therapy that helps in identifying your thinking pattern and triggers to prevent recurring episodes
  • Mindfulness – It is a holistic approach for maintaining one’s well being. Mindfulness is usually done in groups and involves meditation, breathing exercises and yoga to bring about both physical and mental change. It makes a person more aware of their thoughts and feelings which make it easier to manage them

 

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