Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Defined:
Bipolar Disorder, or “Manic Depression,” is a medical illness that produces emotional symptoms. Characterized by episodes of "highs" and "lows,” the disorder is generally accompanied by manic or depressive symptoms. These symptoms are not due to any other physical or mental disorder, nor caused by drug or alcohol use. Most prevalent in manic depression are changes in mood marked by extreme sadness, extreme excitement, or a combination of both. In the depression phase, there is an abnormal degree of sadness. In the mania phase, abnormal elation and increased activity occur.

Symptoms/Signs of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Irritability
  • Periods of Euphoria and Increased Rate of Thinking
  • Hyperactivity Paired with Less Sleep
  • Loss of Judgment and Self Control
  • A False Sense of Abilities
  • Impulsive Decision Making
  • Periods of Extreme Sadness and Tearfulness
  • Hostility
  • Loss of Energy – Fatigue
  • Loss of Interest in Usual Activities
  • Diminished Ability to Think and Concentrate
  • Feelings of Unfounded Guilt and Worthlessness

BMS Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder:

Counseling Services encourages bipolar patients to recognize signs and symptoms of their own manic depression and develop healthy ways of coping. Major Mental Illness programming for adults may be called into the patient’s treatment of bipolar disorder depending on the severity of the prognosis. Family Outreach is an effective program for children and adolescents who require treatment for Bipolar Disorder. Medication Management of modern, effective, and safe prescribed medicine can help those with a recurring bipolar disorder to live useful and productive lives.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on options for treatment for bipolar disorder.

More Information about Bipolar Disorder from APA.org

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