Bipolar disorder causes shifts in energy levels, mood swings, anxiety, and sleep problems which can be a roller coaster for the diagnosed person, as well as their loved ones. Since symptoms can affect every aspect of one’s life, and make things feel out of control, finding the best treatment plan is usually equally challenging. Medications alone can help you manage some of the symptoms, but they can also cause adverse side effects. At Magnified Health Systems we offer solutions to managing and treating bipolar clients with less invasive options and more holistic remedies including psychological counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and advocacy and support in making lifestyle changes.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, we want to help you manage symptoms through holistic treatment plans. Our team members are skilled and ready to work to help you take back control.
Bipolar disorder (previously referred to as manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a disorder that triggers unpredictable and erratic shifts in moods, energy, and concentration, and sometimes even causes difficulties in carrying out the simplest day-to-day tasks. Bipolar creates high-energy mood shifts referred to as mania. These manic episodes can cause a reduced need for sleep and loss of touch with reality. Eventually, the manic episode ends and then leads to unavoidable lows that may include symptoms such as low energy, low motivation, and loss of interest in daily activities. These episodes are commonly known as depression. Of course, symptoms can be experienced differently and at many different levels. Any of these mood episodes may last from days to months at a time and may also be associated with suicidal thoughts.
Bipolar can only be diagnosed by a qualified medical professional, but there are a number of symptoms that can be observed to help identify if you or your loved one may be suffering from the disorder. Besides Bipolar Disorder, the symptoms listed below could indicate a myriad of different health conditions, so visiting a qualified professional for an assessment is the first step to gaining control of these symptoms.
When experiencing depression, some symptoms may include:
Symptoms in the manic phase can include:
With bipolar disorder, there are times when depressive episodes may increase and manic episodes dwindle, or vice versa. The patterns are different for everyone, and sometimes those diagnosed have experienced rapid cycling, which includes episodes of mood swings in a quick motion from high to low with no breaks and no time that they aren’t experiencing the symptoms of one extreme or the other. There are also patterns known as a mixed state: this is when a person experiences mania and depression symptoms together. Either of these patterns can be extremely taxing for everyone involved and following an effective treatment plan with a qualified professional is the best way to get symptoms and episodes to a place that is manageable.
There has been no provable or specific cause of the bipolar disorder. Medical professionals believe that there are a few factors that can combine to increase the likelihood of symptoms appearing and even triggering the condition. Some of these factors include:
Some other possible contributing factors could be:
Bipolar disorder can be emotionally and physically draining, but you and your loved ones do not have to go through that alone. Reach out to Magnified Health Systems and we can help find the path to living without the extreme ups and downs. Our team of dedicated professionals offers guidance and treatment to people affected by a multitude of mental health disorders. We can provide the education, treatment options, resources, and support you need to achieve the best outcomes. We advocate for you and your healing journey. Reach out to us today, and let us help you take control.
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