While it is normal to have mood swings in response to life events, the frequency of such emotional instability varies in some individuals. Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by frequent disruptive mood swings, and the condition as such requires a well-guided long-term treatment plan.
Effects of bipolar disorder
A person with bipolar disorder may experience extreme mood shifts from being hyperactive or manic to feeling low or depressed. It is essential to seek help when these mood and energy shifts start affecting your life.
Bipolar disorder symptoms
An individual experiencing bipolar disorder can typically go back and forth through the following two phases:
- Depressive episodes are typically characterized by low self-esteem, loneliness, remorse, lack of focus, and concentration.
- Manic episodes are typically characterized by extreme hyperactivity, impulsive actions, lack of sleep, and over joyful behavior.
Understanding the exact cause of bipolar disorder is vital to choosing the right treatment option. Studies have yet to pinpoint the actual cause of bipolar disease, any one or more of the following factors can cause symptoms of bipolar disorder:
Genetics: as per various medical studies, children with one bipolar parent have up to a 30% chance of developing the condition. Children with both parents diagnosed as bipolar have a 75% chance of developing the condition.
Environment: environmental factors, including stress from life events and seasonal changes, can cause symptoms of bipolar disorder. An increase in day duration, which could lead to prolonged exposure to sunshine, may induce the feeling of emptiness or depression.
Substance abuse: use of drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines can trigger hypomania. Caffeine and hormonal abnormalities can also lead to manic episodes.
Health issues: pregnancy-related body and emotional changes can also put you at the risk of having bipolar disorder. Women who have a family history of this condition are at more significant risks of acquiring bipolar disorder during this period.
How EG Healthcare can help
Our team of psychiatric specialists will work with you to create a custom mental health plan to address your specific needs. Psychiatric specialists at EG Healthcare strive to offer a comfortable and stable environment to help you regain control over your emotional and physical health. Our mental health support team is committed to educating and providing constant care and attention throughout the treatment.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if I’m bipolar?
If you believe that you are experiencing an unstable mood or other concerns, it is important to make an appointment with a psychiatric provider for evaluation to determine if you have bipolar disorder.
Does Bipolar get worse as you age?
If untreated, symptoms may get worse over time. Some people may experience more severe and more frequent symptoms over time.
Does Bipolar affect memory?
As mood becomes more extreme- highs and lows, memory problems may occur for some.