Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition in which a person may experience extreme mood swings from really high highs (mania) to really low lows (depression). The following is a description of what a mania episode may look like as well as a depressive episode:

Manic Episode:

  • Racing thoughts, easily distracted, elevated mood, feeling excessively happy, less irritable
  • Feeling a surge of energy, not needing as much sleep or staying up for days
  • An increase in cleaning, productiveness in other areas of life
  • Excessive spending, drinking/drug use, gambling
  • Risky sexual behavior

Depressive Episode:

  • Feeling sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, tearfulness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all activities
  • Sleep issues (either sleeping too much or trouble staying asleep
  • Restlessness or slowed behavior
  • Guilt or shame in loss of productivity

The individuals mood swings may not be triggered by anything or it may be triggered by the following:

  • Stressful life events (posttraumatic stress)
  • Seasonal changes
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Medication changes
  • Relationship stress
  • Work related stress

There are several different treatment options available to individuals that are experiencing Bipolar Disorder symptoms.  Please reach out for a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your symptoms and treatment options!