Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million people in the U.S.
Are you experiencing mood swings that you cannot explain? Do you suffer from long bouts of lethargy and depression followed by brief episodes of unexplainable energy? Have one of these symptoms been diagnosed but the other remains? You could be suffering from bipolar disorder. Here you can learn more about bipolar disorder or call us if you have treatment questions. We can help.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a mental condition causing serious shifts in mood, behavior, thinking, and energy. Bipolar disorder isolates a person’s moods to the extremes, being responsible for extended periods of dark depression followed by brief times of extreme happiness and energy. During a depressive state, patients sometimes experience lethargy, feelings of hopelessness or a lack of self-worth, and suicidal thoughts. In mania stages, patients are sometimes rejuvenated after two hours of sleep, incur loads of debt through spending sprees, and may spontaneously quit a job.
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How to Treat Bipolar Disorder
Because Bipolar Disorder is a condition that finds its root cause with an imbalance in brain chemistry, the most successful forms of treatment can be found with drug therapies. However, there are other options when it comes to a complete treatment program that should be explored.
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If you know of someone who has been diagnosed as bipolar and also has a drug addiction, learn how you can help them and get answers to any questions you might have about treatment, interventions or other recovery issues.
Causes of Bipolar Disorder
There are many possible causes of bipolar disorder. Understanding the causes of bipolar disorder has helped medical researchers with developing effective forms of treatment. Note that for many sufferers there isn’t just one specific cause, but many contributing factors that create a perfect storm of a disorder.
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Dual diagnosis, the combination of a mental health disorder along with substance abuse problems, occurs in as many of 60% of people diagnosed as bipolar.
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Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder
Suspecting that you have bipolar disorder can be a frightening situation. Fortunately, many people have walked the path of bipolar disorder treatment before you, and thanks to their experiences, you can know what to expect when you see your own doctor and begin the journey to bring your bipolar disorder under control.
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