The National Institute of Mental Health describes bipolar disorder as “a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.” This means that someone suffering from bipolar disorder may be happy one minute and depressed, or even in raging anger, the next, all without any sign or obvious cause. A person with this disorder may sleep for days without a beep or have insomnia for a period of time. These switches and changes often occur for what seems to be no reason, leaving a lot of confusion in their wake.
As with any mental illness, a mixture of medication and therapy can work wonders. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, seek treatment as soon as you can. The following is a list of other ways to help manage this illness:
Living with a person that has bipolar disorder can be a very difficult thing to do. Loved ones often feel they must walk on eggshells, careful not to “wake the dragon”. Gathering around the dinner table can be a very tense event. Children and spouses of bipolar sufferers often distance themselves, leaving very strained relationships. Even during the “up” times when the sufferer is loving and fun, their loved ones are often cautious, afraid that the switch might occur at any moment. Though difficult, it can be possible to live with these sufferers. The following are a few tips:
2nd Chance Treatment Center in Mesa, AZ aims to help its patients through this challenging illness through a combination of education and support, medication, and behavioral therapy. Your doctor and support team will work with you to find the right medication and treatment plan. Though the medication is important, behavioral therapy is equally so. Therapists work to help you learn how to live with this illness by pinpointing triggers, managing stress, etc. Book online today to start a new chapter in your life!