Bipolar does have Treatment and Avenues for Help

Bipolar disorder is a very complicated mood disordered. Maybe more so complicated because there are so many combinations of moods with each mood containing many symptoms some of which contain similar indicators to each other.

There is no one pattern that can be identified that will yield an immediate diagnosis.

These disturbances can go from one extreme to the next describing what most individuals feel as a roller coaster ride on emotions.

Most people don't recognize this disorder in the beginning, they believe that what they are feeling is comparable to what other people experience and learn to adapt as they believe others also do. This disorder is a challenge to the medical field since there are no tests that can be administered to determine if you have bipolar disorder. The diagnosis is determined by the information presented by the patient including family histories that may trigger a red flag and alert the physician to help conclude their diagnosis.

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The four basic moods of Bipolar are:

Mania is characterized by some distinct variables such as, an extremely elevated mood, hyperactivity, and unusual thought pattern and racing thoughts. Individuals may feel indestructible and carry an inflated ego. This could trigger reckless behavior where they may take risks that they normally would not.

Hypomania which is similar but less intense that mania the individual may feel restless and full of energy. This person may always have a list of tasks to accomplish and without activity will be fidgety and may become impatient, agitated and appear nervous or troubled.

Depression which is always significant but can run to extremes and consist of hallucinations in the worse case scenario distorted thoughts may cause confusion or paranoia and this tends to lead to frustration and feelings of helplessness.

Mixed States that will exhibit a mixture of two moods in tandem of each other. When hyperactive the individual may require much less sleep than normal.

They may have trouble falling asleep or after a few hours of sleep they may wake feeling full of energy and unable to return to sleep.

In extreme cases this disorder disrupts the ability to deal with normal daily activities and tasks seem to become very complex.

This disorder may be inherited but can further be enhanced by stress and strong sleeping disorders such as chronic insomnia. When the individual is experiencing an elevated mood and increased energy there is disturbances in sleep patterns.

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With the reduction of sleep come the negative impacts on the mind and body. Many factors act together to produce this disorder and is thought to be in part a genetic disorder.

This is usually treated with medications or therapy. A medical physician will determine this diagnosis after carefully reviewing the patient’s activities and sleeping patterns.

Some other effects that may be recognizable with
bipolar disorder might be:

Impulsiveness - This disorder may cause impulsive behavior. Since the individual is in such a euphoric state of mind coupled with hyperactivity and inflated ego this may cause impulsive reactions to occur. This sometimes shows itself by shopping sprees or spur of the moment trips.

Racing mind – Because of the hyper state in this stage of this disorder the mind is overactive. This may contribute to a lack of sleep or insomnia if the individual cannot quiet their mind long enough to relax and induce sleep. The individual may have too many thoughts racing at one time that could cause confusion and/or the inability to concentrate.

Speech – Due to the racing mind and the abundance of thoughts the person may be much more talkative than usual and talk at a faster pace.

Attention span – Their attention span can be short and they could be easily distracted. This can cause the individual to have many tasks going at one time jumping from one to the other.

Currently there is no cure for this disorder but the stress and anxiety can be balanced, managed and controlled by working with your physician and following their suggestions of medication and therapy.

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The successful management of this disorder weighs a lot on the patient’s knowledge of the disorder, the support of the people closest to them and their honesty and ability to work well with their physician.

To Learn more on Bipolar Disorder see Bipolar Disorder Uncovered.

They must strive to attain balance and gain control over their stress along with getting the proper sleep and exercise that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

It is imperative to seek medical attention and take the time to educate yourself in regards to this disorder.


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