Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder (hyperlink to mood disorders) and is also known as manic-depressive disorder. It is characterized by severe mood swings which are known as depressive and manic episodes. During manic episodes people show various symptoms including impulsive behavior, hyperactivity, rapid speech, and little or no sleep.
Causes & Risk Factors
The exact causes of bipolar disorder are not fully understood. Scientists believe that several factors seem to be involved in causing and triggering bipolar episodes. Some of the causes of bipolar disorder are listed below:
The primary and most important step to diagnosis of bipolar disorder is to seek medical help, when you suspect behavioral and mood changes. People who suffer from mood changes in bipolar may not notice it to report themselves. The changes are mostly noticed by people around them.
Bipolar disorder is a recurring illness and hence the long term treatment is warranted. Remember, the treatment continues even during periods when you feel better. You may be always closely monitored by team of psychologists, social workers and psychiatric nurses.
Coping & Support
Living with bipolar disorder or even dealing with those who are suffering from it can be a real challenge. Although professional help is extremely beneficial, support from friends and family is especially important.
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