Fluctuating from feeling euphoric peaks of joy and pleasure to enduring devastatingly dark valleys of depression, bipolar disorder is characterized as oscillating between these emotional poles. It may even be causing your dramatic shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and ability to focus on or function in your regular daily routine.
We all have ups and downs, and it is perfectly normal to feel phases of sadness and happiness. But if the highs and lows in your mood have become excessive or unbalanced, these periods of powerful emotion might become damaging to relationships, daily performance and may even threaten your life.
However, bipolar disorder can be properly treated, and you can lead a fulfilling and productive life free from suffering under such emotional extremes. At our treatment centers, we can help you restore balance and peace of mind.
What Does Bipolar Disorder Look Like?
The main characteristic of people living with bipolar disorder is suffering under the weight of two intense emotional states, clinically known as mania and depression. Everyone’s symptoms are different, with the severity of mania and depression varying from person to person.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM), more than 10 million Americans have bipolar disorder, but because of the irregular patterns of the illness, it is often difficult to diagnose. Bipolar disorder can occur at any point in life, with more than one-half of all cases occurring between the ages of 15 and 25 and affecting both men and women equally.
Individuals with bipolar disorder may experience the following manic symptoms:
The signs and symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder can include:
Bipolar disorder can also include seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or having moods that change with the seasons. Individuals with bipolar disorder that experience SAD may become manic or hypomanic in the spring or summer and become depressed in the fall or winter, or vice versa.
Rapid cycling bipolar disorder is a form of mental illness that causes mood to shift rapidly. Sufferers of this type of bipolar disorder experience have mood shifts that occur more quickly, sometimes within hours.
If left untreated, bipolar disorder can result in severe episodes of either mania or depression that can be life-threatening.
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Treating Bipolar Disorder
Many people with bipolar disorder don’t get the treatment they need, but they can’t get better on their own. Receiving proper care at Clearview Treatment Programs, with experts who have experience in the effective management of bipolar disorder, helps clients get their symptoms under control, allowing them to have long-lasting and sustainable health and happiness.
At Clearview Treatment, our Clinical Team develops specialized treatment plans that best addresses each client’s needs by incorporating the most successful evidence-based therapy methods and healing. Our holistic approach allows clients to strengthen and develop their understanding of their diagnosis. We also help clients better manage their symptoms through individual, family-focused, and group therapy sessions in a calming and therapeutic environment.
Bipolar Disorder FAQs
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), there is no single cause of Bipolar Disorder. Similar to all mental health disorders, Bipolar Disorder is a complex diagnosis and might incorporate multiple contributing factors such as: genetic predisposition or a family history, improper biological functioning, and possible environmental factors including stress, trauma, and biological reaction to stimuli or a detrimental life event.
Unfortunately, if left untreated, the answer is yes. The Treatment Advocacy Center reports that suicide is the number one cause of premature death among people with Bipolar Disorder, with 15 percent to 17 percent taking their own lives as a result of negative symptoms that come from untreated illness. The extreme depression and psychoses that can result from lack of Bipolar Disorder treatment is the usual culprit in these cases.
Bipolar Disorder typically starts in late adolescence or early adulthood, although it can show up in children and in older adults. People often live an average of 10 years with the disorder without having it properly diagnosed or seeking proper Bipolar Disorder treatment.