A person with Bipolar Disorder experiences polarizing episodes of mania and depression. Individuals can experience drastically opposite symptoms ranging from increased energy, grandiose feelings, sleeplessness and impulsive behaviour during mania, to sadness, hopelessness, fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns in depression. Some may experience a Mixed State with both manic and depressive symptoms simultaneously or a rapid cycle state where a person experiences these episodes consecutively. These extreme mood swings can also hinder a person’s ability to function normally.
Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental disorder. Diagnosis in early stages followed by treatment, can help tackle the symptoms and allow a patient to lead a balanced life. Yet about 60 percent of the patients are misdiagnosed in the early stages, as few symptoms are identical to other conditions. The experience and symptoms can be different for each individual and need a different approach for an effective treatment. Hence, it is necessary to encourage patients to speak their mind for accurate diagnosis and discuss possible treatment options.
Apart from medications and therapies, rehabilitation also forms a part of an effective treatment plan. It includes residential rehabilitation as well as follow-on care and counselling.
Residential rehab centres provide a live-in facility to an individual while receiving care. Many rehab centres conduct group therapy or family program along with individual therapy. Rehabilitation centers offer a number of advantages.
Rehabilitation centres offer and create a solid support system for many individuals suffering from the same mental disorder and are seeking therapy. They aim to provide stabilisation programs to keep an individual motivated to continue the treatment with as little disruption as possible for a healthy life.
#SpeakYourMind as Bipolar Disorder does not mean one cannot live a normal life.
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