Bipolar Disorder

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder, formerly called manic depressive disorder, is a mood disorder in which people swing from moods of mania, or elevated expansiveness, to depression. It is the classic “roller coaster ride” of moods. It causes shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function.

This disorder is different than the normal ups and downs of life and is more severe, leading to problems in jobs, relationships and sometimes thoughts of suicide. There are often periods of normal mood between the ups and downs.

Sometimes, these people get misdiagnosed as substance abusers and the underlying disorder of bipolar gets missed. There is also research illustrating that those with creative minds are particularly prone to this disorder. Because the age of onset of this disorder is generally young – late teens and early 20’s is typical – out-of-control behavior often gets dismissed as “party” behavior when in the manic phase. Unfortunately, the disorder will progress, sometimes with disastrous results. Relationship after relationship ends badly, they have trouble concentrating, or become highly anxious and then perhaps self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to try to even out their moods.

Bipolar can be successfully treated. You’ll be happier and healthier and can preserve your creative spirit in a healthy way and maintain your life and career. Life doesn’t have to be a roller coaster ride.

Signs & Symptoms of Mania or manic behavior

  • Increased energy, activity or restlessness.
  • Excessively “high” overly good, euphoric mood.
  • Extreme irritability
  • Racing thoughts talking fast, jumping from one idea to another.
  • Distractibility.
  • Little sleep needed
  • Unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities.
  • Poor judgment
  • Spending sprees.
  • A lasting period that is different from usual.
  • Increased sexual drive.
  • Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol and sleeping medications
  • Provocative, intrusive or aggressive behavior.
  • Denial that anything is wrong.

Signs and symptoms of a depressive episode

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in all, or almost all activities that once were enjoyable.
  • Fatigue, loss of energy, or restlessness.
  • Feelings of hopelessness. worthlessness or excessive guilt.
  • Persistent sad or anxious mood, feeling “empty” or irritable.
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
  • Insomnia or sleeping all the time.
  • Persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain.
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

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Mark Blough, Psy.D
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Kathy Blough, Psy.S  
Psychotherapist & Holistic Health Counselor

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