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