Mood is supposed to go up and down, but it usually hovers around a mid-point. People with bipolar disorder experience much more prominent changes in mood.
The low mood in bipolar disorder mirrors the symptoms of depression.
The “high” mood in bipolar disorder (often called mania or hypomania in its milder form) is more than just feeling happy. This phase can be accompanied by excessive spending, increased sexual desire, risk taking and irritability. The consequences can be far reaching.
During a manic phase of bipolar disorder, you may:
But you may also experience symptoms of psychosis, where you see or hear things that are not there or become convinced of things that are not true.
What causes bipolar disorder?
The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, although it's believed a number of things can trigger an episode. These include:
Bipolar disorder is fairly common, and 1 in every 100 people will be diagnosed with it at some point in their life.
Bipolar disorder can occur at any age.
Men and women from all backgrounds are equally likely to develop bipolar disorder.
The pattern of mood swings in bipolar disorder varies widely. For example, some people only have a couple of bipolar episodes in their lifetime and are stable in between, while others have many episodes.
Psychological treatment helps by assisting people to manage the disorder. Identifying and mitigating triggers is a helpful way to reduce the frequency of further episodes.
We can create strategies to help manage high and low moods which can reduce the duration and impact of an episode.
We can exploration of the causes and help the person gain insight and control over the problem.
If you are struggling right now with mood disorders then it could be time to reach out.
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