Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is one of the most misunderstood diagnoses amongst the general public.  Bipolar disorder has become part of our everyday vocabulary but it is most often used to convey something that does not reflect what clinical bipolar disorder actually is.  Most people think of bipolar as meaning quickly moving from one extreme to another (“My sister is so bipolar, she goes from being all happy to yelling at me in an instant!”).  In truth, true bipolar disorder usually does not include rapid switching between different emotional states. Rather, bipolar disorder is characterized by the presence of manic episodes which last a week or longer. Symptoms of a manic episode include:

  • Elevated or irritable mood
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Increased talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Easily distracted
  • Increase in goal-directed activity
  • Increased risky behavior

Because of the increase in risky behavior, sometimes if someone is having their first manic episode and they do not yet have medication they may be best served by seeking emergency services.  Medications are often used to treat bipolar disorder due to their effectiveness, but many people also find benefits from therapy as well, especially if they also experience depressive episodes at times.


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