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About Bipolar Disorder

About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental condition many people are affected by. It is also known as manic depression and consists of the lows of depression and the highs of a manic episode. When you suffer from Bipolar Disorder, one day you could feel severely depressed and the next day you could feel extremely hyperactive. These are the moods associated with the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder. Although this disorder will make you have these moods, if you suffer from it or think you do, you are in luck. There are treatment options available for this mood disorder that will enable you to have a normal, happy life.

Types of Bipolar Disorder

There are different types of Bipolar Disorder with different symptoms.

Bipolar 1 Disorder

With Bipolar 1 Disorder you could experience severe mood swings. These severe mood swings, if left untreated, could cause problems with your daily life such as school, work and family life.

Bipolar 2 Disorder

This type of Bipolar is a less severe type than the first one. With Bipolar 2 Disorder you will experience the symptoms of the first one but less severe. In fact they are so less severe that you can carry on a normal life. This type of Bipolar Disorder will make you have a depressed mood more than a hyperactive mood. When you do get hyperactive, it is more of a hypomania, which is less severe than hyperactive.

Cyclothymic Disorder

This type of Bipolar Disorder is a mild case of Bipolar. You will still have the symptoms but not as severe as the other types of Bipolar Disorder.

Causes of Bipolar Disorder

Although the exact cause of Bipolar Disorder is still not known, there are many different triggers for a bipolar episode. These include a chemical change in the brain, chemical imbalance in the brain, genetics, hormones and environmental triggers like stress and abuse.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

People who suffer from this mental illness need not worry too much because there are treatments available. The most common forms of treatments available to those who think they might have this disorder include medications and therapy. A combination of therapy and anti-depressants, anti-convulsants and anti-psychotics will help you if you suffer from it. This combination can help a person suffering from this disorder get back on track with their life and begin to have a normal life with school, work and friends and family activities. Therapy consists of speaking to a licensed therapist who will teach you ways to cope and handle things that trigger Bipolar Disorder depression and manic episodes.
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