Monday, February 26, 2007

Typical Bipolar Disorder Signs and Symptoms

* Moods swings – these mood manifestations are not what we normally see or experience ourselves; they are dramatic ups and downs. When a person suffering bipolar disease is experiencing a down period they are liable to have suicidal thoughts and behaviors. On the other hand when they experience an up mood swing they are on top of the world and everything looks pink and possible.

* Energy displacement – a person suffering from bipolar disorder experiences at times tremendous energy bursts and that may keep him/her awake for days and they often don’t eat well during these periods.

These behaviors are called episodes of mania and depression; they can be easily recognized in both the above-mentioned cases.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic- depressive illness that causes mood swings, energy displacement and ability to function normally. It is a brain disease that cannot be cured; just like heart disease or diabetes, but with proper treatment and understanding of the illness one can treat it so it will be under control thus, no longer life threatening.

Monday, January 29, 2007


Some preliminary studies have shown a genetic disposition to contracting this disease. Other contributing factors to this mental health disease are changes in the brain and environmental factors such as severe episodes of stress and major life changes.


Bipolar affective disorder is an illness that requires a life-time management and treatment of those affected. Two available medications used to treat this mental illness are Lithium and Depakote. Lithium is a medication prescribed to stabilize moods and Depakote is an anticonvulsant used to control seizures and used to treat migraine headaches. In addition, regular psychotherapy treatment is used to prevent further episodes.

Those at Risk

It is estimated that over 2 million Americans suffer from bipolar affective disorder. This mental illness usually has its onset in adulthood before the age of 35. However, children can also develop this disease and generally at a more severe level.

In regards to gender, both men and women are susceptible to bipolar affective disorder. However, with women mood transition occurs at a more rapid rate than occurs for men. It is also documented that women may suffer more frequent episodes of depression than their male counterparts. Additionally, there is a direct correlation to drug dependency with those individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.


The symptoms of bipolar affective disorder include a swift change in emotions ranging from extreme euphoria to extreme depression. There can be a successive number of high episodes before experiencing the dramatic opposite. Additionally, time is not a factor as the extreme emotional ranges can happen over a days, weeks, months, etc.

The severity of bipolar affective disorder differs from individual to individual. A partial list of other symptoms includes restlessness, a rapid speech pattern, inability to concentrate, high level of energy, sleeplessness, aggressive sex drive, substance abuse, poor judgment, loss of energy, a sense of worthlessness, out of touch with reality, sadness, uncontrollable crying, increased need for sleep and suicidal thoughts.