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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a spectrum of mental illness. Some people require intensive outpatient treatment programs in a bipolar disorder treatment center. Others will do fine doing intermittent therapy and working to regulate moods using medicines or other techniques. Attending a bipolar disorder treatment center for bipolar disorder will help you create stronger relationships and live a more satisfying life.

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder has been called this because of the cyclical nature of the illness. In this disorder, patients vacillate between high and low episodes that are characterized by periods of mania and periods of depression. The swings are severe enough to affect how a person lives from one side of the range to the other.
 
During elevated periods, bipolar people will have lots of energy, they may not sleep at all, and develop plans that seem irrational to others and carry them out. During low periods bipolar people can become depressed to the point that they may not be able to get out of bed or complete regular daily tasks.
 
Cycle lengths can vary from person to person but most commonly cycles last for about seven days in patients that have a more severe form of the disorder. There are four types of bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder will appear to go through emotionally intense periods and periods that are devoid of emotion. Each stage comes with its own set of symptoms.

Symptoms

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Symptoms of mania are:

Take Risks
Insomnia
Irritable
Talk Fast
On Cloud Nine
Believe They Can Multitask
Racing Mind

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Symptoms of depression are:

Feeling Down
Tired
Unable to Enjoy Things
Forgetful
Dysregulated Eating
Suicidal Ideation

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What is bipolar disorder all about?

Researchers once thought that it was similar to depression, but that is not the case at all. Bipolar disorder is more of a genetic illness because the symptoms are a result of altered signaling pathways in the brain. These signaling pathways control cell plasticity for the most part. Research up to this day still has not identified specific genes that are related to bipolar disorder, but these signaling pathways have been sussed out.

Mental Health Treatment Modalities

Through cognitive behavioral therapy, we can help you identify negative thinking, feelings, or beliefs that you may have that are standing in the way of overcoming your mental disorder.

 

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