What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder (often referred to as manic depression) is characterized by mood swings and repeated episodes of depression and at least one episode of mania. People who have bipolar disorder often experience significant problems with functioning related to their work life, school life, family life and/or social/relational life. If you or someone you know has the following symptoms, contact Aspire Wellness Clinic in Temecula, CA to talk to one of our clinicians.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder essentially indicates that the individual has experienced a manic or hypomanic episode.
The signs and symptoms of a manic episode may include:
- Elevated, expansive, hyper mood
- Racing, loose, and disorganized thoughts
- Pressured and/or excessive speech, difficult to interrupt
- Irritable and agitated mood
- A decreased need for sleep
- Grandiose beliefs (i.e., feeling that you have special powers, are wealthy, famous, and/or morally superior to others)
- Repeatedly jumping topics or talking in a way where nothing seems to be related
- Highly impulsive behaviors
- Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for problematic consequences (e.g., the person engages in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments)
- Poor judgment
- Agressive and/or disruptive behavior
- Distracted easily, difficulty collecting your thoughts
- Increase in goal-directed activity or psychomotor agitation
A hypomanic episode(s) is really not considered a disorder by itself, rather, it is an element of what is called Bipolar II disorder. They can present with the same symptoms as manic episodes, however, the hypomanic mood is very different from the person’s usual mood. There are three (3) critical differences to make between manic and hypomanic episodes:
- The mood episode generally isn’t severe enough to cause problems with the person’s work, home, or social life
- The symptoms do not normally require psychiatric hospitalization
- Psychotic features are never present during a hypomanic episode
MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE
There are some individuals who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder who do experience major depressive episodes. Typically, these episodes of depression fluctuate with episodes of mania. Time and again, the episodes of depression occur with more frequency than do manic episodes.
Individuals who experience major depressive episodes may well experience the following signs symptoms:
- Persistent depressed or irritable mood
- Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Increased and/or reduced appetite, food taste less
- Poor, restless, disturbed sleep patterns
- Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling lethargic
- Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, self-blaming, or feeling hopeless
- Difficulty concentrating and collecting your thoughts
- Decreased motivation or lack of activity
- Suicidal thoughts, plans or actions
- Neglect routine personal hygiene (brushing teeth, showering, getting dressed, etc.)
The current medical literature findings suggest, as is the case with several psychiatric disorders, bipolar disorder is considered to be a reaction to a mix of environmental, psychological, and genetic factors.
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If you are suffering from or suspect that you have bipolar disorder, we can help at our offices in Temecula, CA. Call us at (951) 363-3150, or click below to fill out our secure online form.
In addition, sometimes the therapist and client will mutually agree that a consultation with our in-house psychiatrist, Dr. Baroya, would be beneficial for medication management.