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WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?

People with Bipolar Disorder experience extreme mood swings – from periods of overactive, excited behaviour (known as ‘mania’ or ‘manic episodes’) – to deep depression. Between these severe highs and lows, you may have stable times. Some people also see or hear things that others around them don't (visual or auditory hallucinations) or even have uncommon, unshared, beliefs (known as delusions).


MANIC EPISODES

You may experience one or more of the following symptoms. However, it is unlikely that you will go through all of them.


Symptoms may include:
  • Feeling euphoric – excessively ‘high'
  • Restlessness coupled with extreme irritability
  • Talking very fast and having racing thoughts
  • Lack of concentration
  • Excess energy and a reduced need for sleep
  • A sense of self importance
  • Poor judgement
  • Excessive and inappropriate spending
  • Increased sexual drive
  • Risky or Aggressive behaviour
  • Misuse of drugs or alcohol

IMPACT OF A MANIC EPISODE

After a manic phase is over, you may be shocked at what you have done and the effect that it has had. Because you feel so elated and full of energy, you may take on commitments and responsibilities that you cannot fulfil.

DEPRESSIVE EPISODES

Depression can be tough to deal with. If you feel very low, you may not feel that life is worth living and you may have thoughts of harming or killing yourself. When you feel depressed, you may find it hard to do anything, including asking for help. In turn, this can make you feel even more depressed and hopeless.


Symptoms may include:
  • A sense of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Feeling emotionally empty
  • Feeling guilty and a loss of interest in daily life
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Weight loss or gain and drastic changes in appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Suicidal feelings.

LENGTH AND FREQUENCY OF EPISODES:

You may have very few bipolar disorder episodes, with years of stability in between them. Episodes can vary in both length and frequency from weeks to months, with varying lengths of time in between. Mania usually starts suddenly and lasts between 2 weeks and 4 - 5 months. Depression often lasts longer, on average around 6 months.


HOW CAN NAVEEN HELP YOU?

Bipolar Treatment at Naveen has the right blend of medication and therapy to help the patient have a balanced normal life. Post treatment care and follow up helps in keeping the highs and lows under control.