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What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a common mood disorder characterized by alternating periods of depression and mania. While there are four main types of Bipolar Disorder, each variation can make it difficult to function normally due to fluctuating emotional states.
Mood cycling that occurs over days or weeks are called mood episodes. These episodes may be categorized as depressive (low mood) or manic/hypomanic (abnormally irritable or happy mood).
Those with bipolar disorder may have periods of neutral moods, too, which can make the condition harder to diagnose. However, when the mood episodes do occur, they can be disruptive. In some cases, Bipolar Disorder can cause dangerous, risky behaviors, legal trouble, and difficulty maintaining social standing.
Signs & Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
The many symptoms of bipolar disorder will vary from person to person and depending on the type of Bipolar Disorder they have. In general, bipolar disorders break down into:
Bipolar I: Formally known as manic-depression, this diagnosis requires at least one manic or hypomanic episode lasting at least seven days or requiring hospitalization. Symptoms of a manic episode include:
- A decreased need for sleep
- Increased impulsivity and risk-taking behaviors
- Racing thoughts
- Hyperfocus on new or existing hobbies or goals
- Excessive spending and financial irresponsibility
- Restlessness and fidgeting
In some cases, Bipolar I manic episodes may also include symptoms of psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions of grandeur. Hypomanic episodes may lead to the same types of symptoms but they are less severe.
Bipolar II: This form of Bipolar Disorder is primarily characterized by extended depressive episodes with some periods of hypomania. To be diagnosed with Bipolar II you must not have had any periods of ‘full blown’ mania. Symptoms of a Bipolar depressive episode mimic clinical depression and include:
- Increased sleep or periods of insomnia
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Sadness or despair
- A loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
Cyclothymic disorder: is considered a mild form of Bipolar Disorder in that the difference between a manic and depressive episode are not quite as drastic. For a diagnosis of Cyclothymic Disorder, you will have experienced symptoms for at least two years with no more than two months between episodes.
Bipolar Not Otherwise Specified: this diagnosis is for people experiencing the fluctuating mania and depression of Bipolar Disorder but without fitting into any of the formal categories. Rapid-cycling Bipolar Disorder falls into this category. This is when you have alternating mood cycles but they don’t last long enough to meet the criteria for Bipolar I or II. Other reasons for this diagnosis may include a neurological cause for your symptoms, periods of psychosis with a prior schizophrenia diagnosis, or only experiencing hypomania without depressive episodes.
Bipolar Disorder is a common co-occurring mental health condition among people experiencing eating disorders. The fluctuating moods and emotional states of Bipolar Disorder may lead to harmful behaviors such as excessive calorie restriction, binge-purge cycles, or other disordered eating habits. It can be difficult to spot the symptoms of an eating disorder in someone who has untreated Bipolar Disorder because they may go away for a time, such as during a manic period. Likewise, when more evident and concerning behaviors are at the forefront, covert disordered eating habits may not be obvious.
No matter what kind of bipolar disorder you or a loved one is dealing with, recovery is possible. The right bipolar disorder treatment can provide relief and help you learn to manage your symptoms.
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Benefits of Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Bipolar disorder treatment can drastically change your quality of life. The right bipolar disorder treatment helps support stable moods and empowers you with the tools to cope with more challenging symptoms should they arise.
Treatments may include medications to help address the neurochemical components of Bipolar Disorder and various forms of evidence-based psychotherapy. Finding a personalized treatment regimen that is most effective for you goes a long way in securing lasting success in recovery.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment Process
Treatment for bipolar disorder starts with receiving a formal diagnosis. Typically this requires a full assessment that may include a physical exam and a mental health evaluation. For Bipolar Disorder, this may look like:
- A physical exam to identify any potential physical causes for symptoms
- Mood charting, which is a record of your moods, sleep patterns, and other aspects of your life that could impact your mood
- An interview and assessment with a psychiatrist well-versed in the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and other mood disorders
Diagnosis is often the most difficult aspect of getting the help you need. However, once you or a loved one is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you will be able to discuss possible treatment options and find one that works best for you.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Eating Disorder Solutions
At Eating Disorder Solutions, we are focused on providing effective dual diagnosis treatment for clients experiencing co-occurring eating and mental health disorders. Because Bipolar Disorder is among the most common of these mental health conditions, we are experienced in supporting and guiding our clients on their journey of recovery.
At our facility, we offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment options to suit any client’s needs. Our team takes a client-centered approach to care, meaning your treatment plan is completely tailored to you, your experiences, and your goals. Our compassionate staff of eating disorder specialists, clinicians, and nutritionists understand what you’re going through and can help you learn everything you need to regain control of your life.
The Impact of Bipolar Disorder if Left Untreated
Bipolar disorder treatment is important, because left untreated, this condition can lead to serious consequences.
Unmanaged Bipolar Disorder symptoms can increase in severity and lead to serious legal consequences, strained relationships, self-harm, and suicide. Up to 60 percent of those with untreated Bipolar Disorder will attempt suicide at least once in their lifetime, with 20 percent unfortunately completing the attempt. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Get Bipolar Disorder Help Today
If you or someone you love are showing the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Treatment for bipolar disorder is available and can help you get back to a state of better mental health. Call us today at 855-808-4213 or contact us online to learn more about your options.
If you suspect an eating disorder or in your loved one or yourself, Eating Disorder Solutions is ready to help. Call or schedule an appointment today to discuss your treatment options and to begin forming a plan to overcome this condition. Life with ADHD can be successful and rich, the key is seeking the proper treatment.