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BIPOLAR DISORDER : symptoms and treatments

Updated on July 23, 2012

We all experience changes in mood . When we experience difficulties that occur in our lives, times of loneliness or disappointment are natural reactions. Our moods tend to vary and changing, but normally we feel that we have some control over them. However, for people with mood disorders like severe depression and bipolar disorder, control over themselves are absent and that causes distress. Anyone who has experienced manic depression can obviously tell you the difference between those illnesses and their own feelings of loneliness or happiness.

What is a bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is classified as a psychological mood disorder. It causes changes in a person's mood, ability and energy to function. Symptoms bipolar disorder are serious. People with this condition experience alternating mood swings, ranging from being extremely 'high' (with the absence of drugs or alcohols), to feeling very depressed, sad and hopeless. But then, they move back again to the 'high' state, often with some times of normal mood in between.

This illness usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. However, it also occurs in children and adolescents.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar symptoms are classified by mood scenes.

* It may feel like they don't need any sleep or they've slept in enough time though less.

* They might also have intense animosity and risky behavior such as spending too much money and uncontrollable sexual behavior.

* Sudden and extreme rage, feeling of invincibility or a belief that nothing can put them down.

* Changes in sleep patterns

* Restlessness

* Risky behavior

* Change in appetite.

* They get easily distracted and tends to difficulty in concentrating

* Talks fast with high pitch then suddenly slows down.

A person suffering from a bipolar disorder manic episode may be delusional or experience hallucinations so you have to be careful. Wearing bright colored dress during a manic period is also a sign.
It is not known what causes condtition. Research suggests that people with this condition have a genetic disposition. It maybe from family affairs. Drug abuse and stressful or traumatic events may trigger manic episodes.


There is no cure for bipolar. However it can be treated properly to help most patients with bipolar disorder achieve better control of their mood swings and related symptoms. Even for people with the most severe forms of the illness, it can help.

Patients with the disorder need long-term treatment to keep control of bipolar symptoms. As we all know that bipolar disorder is a lifetime illness.Treatment for bipolar disorder involves medication and psychotherapy

Both of these treatments have been demonstrated to be effective.

Medication helps to stabilize moods, while psychotherapy helps patients distinguish patterns , the cause and develop strategies for managing stress

Friends and family can be supportive by knowing, understanding and learning all they can about the condition affecting their loved one. You can learn more from support groups and different community health associations near you.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great article jujanester , , ,the masks are a great metaphor for describing it , , ,I think if I had the masks I would a couple of bottles of meds in the front center, maybe one on its side spilling pills out , , ,I agree with both treatments having the best positive affect