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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is classified as having both manic and depressive episodes. Although, sometimes someone who is bipolar only experiences the manic episodes. More specifically it is a severe disorder that brings severe highs followed by severe lows to the sufferer, making it difficult to regulate and live your life properly. There are many aspects of life that are met with difficulty. For someone experiencing bipolar disorder eating, sleeping, and your physical behavior are all met with challenges. People experiencing manic episodes feel uncontrollable excitement often accompanied by delusions and hallucinations, although not necessarily all the time. The depression aspect of this disorder can make a person feel sad and hopeless, or like they are not good enough. As you can see, having bipolar disorder can cause a person large amount of difficulty and trouble trying to lead a normal life.

How is one tested for Bipolar Disorder?

the science of bipolar and human geneticsIf you or someone you love find themselves experiencing the symptoms of bipolar then you need to be seen by your doctor immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Extreme impulsiveness
  • Exercising poor judgment
  • Having an unusually demanding sex drive
  • Rapid speech
  • Increased amounts of energy which prevent the sufferer from getting the recommended amount of sleep
  • Excessive happiness, hopefulness
  • Restlessness

If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms daily, then you may have Bipolar disorder. Contacting your doctor will get the ball rolling as there is a series of tests that can be done to help determine if this is indeed what you are suffering from. In beginning to figure out your diagnosis, it is likely that your doctor will first want to rule out other diagnoses such as thyroid problems or mood symptoms that can be brought on by the frequent use of drugs and/or alcohol. Your doctor will also ask you other questions such as does bipolar disorder or some other form of mental disease run in your family? How long have your experienced these symptoms? Your doctor may also want to discuss things with your close family and friends to differentiate between Bipolar disease or something like major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.

Treatments

As Bipolar is a long-term condition, it does, in fact, require long-term treatment. Therefore, there are several different forms of treatment that exist today to aid those suffering from Bipolar Disorder. As with other mental illnesses, many of these treatments involve medication. Some of the more common medications used in this treatment include:

  • Tegretol
  • Lithium
  • Depakote
  • Zyprexa
  • Latuda

Taking back your life

If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms of bipolar and you would like some assistance, contact your doctor today. While it can be scary at first, it is important to remember that the best thing you can do is to get yourself some help. There are plenty of doctors and counselors out there that have taken an oath to help people just like you. There is no reason to feel ashamed. Reach out to your doctor today and begin to take your life back.

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