Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis which describes a variety of mood disorders. Learn about the disorder and our bi-polar treatment below.
The diagnosis is defined by mood swings. The disorder used to be called manic depression. Moods will swing from excessive energetic highs to depressive and extreme lows, and these episodes, whether high or low, can last from several weeks to several months.
At Khiron House clinicians will assess whether treating underlying dysregulation in the nervous system, often a symptom of trauma, can help those suffering from bi-polar disorder.
The depression phase of bipolar disorder is often diagnosed first. Someone may initially be diagnosed with clinical depression before having a manic episode later, sometimes years later, and then receive a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
During the period of depression someone may experience overwhelming feelings of worthlessness. Whilst depression is a feeling that everyone will experience at some stage in life, for sufferers of bipolar disorder, the depression experienced is far worse. Symptoms include:-
- Decrease in self-confidence
- Inability to make decisions
- Reduced sleep
- Negative thoughts about life
- Lack of interest in friends and family
- Becoming isolated from friends
- Suicidal thoughts
Mania and hypermania
Mania is a heightened sense of well-being and can be so intense it can affect a person’s judgement and decision-making and make it almost impossible to deal with life effectively. Although of course symptoms do differ in terms of severity the manic state can lead people to have extreme confidence in their abilities. This also has a very negative impact on all relationships. Periods where symptoms are not as extreme are known as hypomania. Symptoms include:-
- Elevated mood
- Increased self-confidence
- More talkative nature
- Becoming easily distracted
- Making poor judgement
- Reduced sleep
Research into bipolar disorder has revealed that there are a complex mix of physical, environmental and social factors at play and recent advances in understanding mental health conditions can have an impact in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
Call us on 020 3668 1606 to learn more about our Bi-polar Disorder treatment.