Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder falls in the broader spectrum of psychosis. It is also alternatively called: manic depressive psychosis. The distinguishing symptom of bipolar disorder is intense mood swings, or the see-saw of mental states, from one to another. As the name (manic-depressive psychosis) suggests, bipolar involves alterations between two states of mind, the manic phase and the depressive phase. In the manic phase, the patient usually feels euphoric, irritable, and full of energy. While in the depressive phase, the patient might feel melancholic or plaintive. The switch between the two states takes place quite abruptly. Therefore, mood swings are capable of affecting normal outsprings of emotions, sleep, energy level, and even the ability to use the logical faculties. The mood swings significantly differ in nature from the normal ups and downs of everyday life. Bipolar disorders can cause severe relationship damage, poor performance in School or Jobs, and even self-harm & suicide. Hence, you should not postpone the bipolar treatment for yourself or for your loved ones.
Bipolar Disorder

The Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The symptoms of Bipolar Disorder come and go in waves. These may include: The patient dispenses with the need to sleep for the standard six hours. Two hours of sleep make them feel well-rested.
  • The patient feels a sudden surge of happiness, euphoria, and elevated moods.
  • Delusion of grandeur.
  • Extroversion and compulsive actions
  • Not being able to concentrate or focus
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Poor decision-making and risk-taking behaviors
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a psychosomatic disorder characterized by intermittent mood swings that alter between the state of mania and melancholia. While the state of mania is distinguished by the period of elation and euphoria, the state of depression involves self-resignation and melancholia. However, there is a particular state of mania, namely hypomania, that is comparatively less severe but distressing nevertheless. While certain cases of bipolar disorder are accompanied by severe mania, others might involve less severe cases of hypomania.
How is bipolar disorder treated?
Bipolar disorder is considered to be a lifelong affliction. However, the symptoms of the condition could be effectively managed with a combination of psychotherapeutic-psychoanalytic treatment and medication. Bipolar disorder, as a condition, demands tailored bipolar treatment according to the severity or manifestation of the symptoms. While the condition might require lifelong treatment, sometimes, escalation of the symptoms might also demand hospitalization. This is specifically in cases when the patient loses touch with reality or a psychotic episode dawns on them. In general, a regular maintenance treatment in combination with antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilizers is considered the standard remedy for bipolar disease.
What are the causes of bipolar disorder?
There are many disputes as to the exact cause of bipolar disorder. While some experts believe that its aetiology could be traced back to childhood traumas and other unpleasant experiences, others hold biological or genetic reasons responsible for the development of the disease. Brain-imaging studies have failed to establish any connection between the structure of the brain and bipolar disorders. In general, it could be asserted that both environmental and genetic factors can contribute to the development of the disease.
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