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Bipolar Disorder: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Bipolar Disorder: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment



What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme mood swings, known as manic-depression. The patterns of abnormal and severe mood swings fluctuate to an extent that can derail personal and professional capabilities and performance. It causes adverse effects on a person’s relationships and career. As per the name, it’s the extreme fluctuation between feeling depressed at one time and suddenly feeling euphoric.

Cadabam’s is the one-stop destination to eliminate debilitating mental health disorders that severely affect family and professional lives. The extensive experience and cutting edge methodology that is used in diagnosing and treating diverse mental health conditions, makes Cadabam’s a preferred choice among millions of individuals. The experienced line of psychological experts and psychiatrists, along with a comprehensive knowledge to treat challenging mental health conditions, wins the trust and confidence of numerous families who are seeking treatment for their loved ones.

In this blog, we will go through the various symptoms and warning signs that come with Bipolar Disorder; we will also talk about the treatment plans that will help you overcome it. 

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

While there are some common symptoms of bipolar disorder, it’s important to know the symptoms of bipolar disorder related to mania and depression.

During mania

  • Elevated energy levels and feeling happy for no reason
  • Lack of sleep due to over-excitement
  • Speaking fast and in a high pitch
  • Having many ideas in the mind and getting easily distracted
  • Impaired judgement, due to over-excitement

During depressive sessions

  • Extremely low energy levels, accompanied by fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Experiencing negative emotions, including feelings of guilt, shame, worthlessness, and despair
  • Susceptible to anger, anxiety, and being overly critical of self
  • Thoughts of suicide and suicidal attempts

Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder

The common bipolar disorder symptoms are clear warning signs that call for immediate attention. These signs are:

  • Feeling hopeless and irritated for an extended period of time
  • Unable to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Getting distracted or agitated easily
  • Being overconfident or having unrealistic expectations from oneself
  • Highly aggressive and impatient
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Having illogical thoughts
  • Having self-doubt, along with thoughts of death or suicide

Is Bipolar Disorder Curable?

Bipolar disorder and symptoms can demotivate an individual, leaving them and their family in utter confusion and fear of the future. However, treatment is available to enable the individual to recognize the triggers and help them make conscious efforts to reverse the effects of the condition.

Anyone, irrespective of age, background, ethnicity, and gender, can be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, by combining the right therapy with the right medication, your mood can be regulated and the individual can be guided on the path to recovery while preventing relapse. It’s important to understand the illness thoroughly and know the techniques to encourage faster recovery.

Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder

To ensure a complete recovery from bipolar disorder, long-term treatment is needed even after recovery. The individual will undergo treatment in a rehab center where medication and therapy go hand in hand to ensure optimum results.

Psychotherapy: The procedure often treats bipolar disorder without medication.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: This therapeutic process eliminates negative thoughts and induces positive thoughts to help the individual lead a normal life.

Talking Therapy: The person is encouraged to deal with depressive-manic episodes by having close interactions with a therapist.

Family Therapy: This therapy focuses on guiding the individual to recovery by involving family members for discussion and creating awareness.

Treatment with Medications: Various medications are used to cure bipolar disorder, and most drugs are prescribed with other therapies and treatment procedures.

Lifestyle Changes: The individual is encouraged to make lifestyle changes that include exercising and consuming a specific diet that helps them gain control over the disorder and over their life

Why Cadabam’s?

Cadabam’s Hospitals is one of the leading mental health care, psycho-social rehabilitation centers. For more than three decades, we have helped countless people suffering from different mental health issues. Our multispecialty team consists of experienced psychiatrists, counselors, psychologists, and other specialists who work together to deliver the best treatment, along with a personalized experience. At Cadabam’s Hospitals, we care for you. Contact us today for more information. Call us at +91 97414 76476 and take the first step towards treating Bipolar disorder. 

Disclaimer

We strive to treat our patients with dignity and utmost sensitivity. We understand that manic depression is a Bipolar disorder and that it is not a sign of weakness. It is important to note that Manic depression should be referred to as Bipolar disorder to better address the effects of this psychological condition. In case you or your loved ones are struggling with Bipolar disorder and they share a unique viewpoint on how we can improve this content for our readers, please reach out to us at info@cadabamshospitals.com.

Bipolar Disorder FAQs:

Can Bipolar disorder get worse with age?

If it’s not treated in the initial stages, then yes, the bipolar symptoms can get worse with age. When there is no consistent treatment to manage the signs of mania and depression, the symptoms can get severe and frequent as time goes by.

How to support a loved one suffering from Bipolar disorder?

Some ways you can be there for a loved one, suffering from bipolar disorder are:

  • Educating yourself about the disorder
  • Listening
  • Being an active participant in their treatment
  • Making a plan
  • Support them and not be pushy
  • Being understanding

What happens if bipolar disorder is left untreated?

If Bipolar disorder is left untreated then it can be fatal, the symptoms will get severe with time and it can lead to deadly consequences like suicide. There is a high suicide rate among people who suffer from this disorder. Consistent and effective treatment can help manage the symptoms and it allows the individual to live a stable life.