What it means to be bipolar.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme changes in the persons temperament, alternating periods of acute depression or manic, with periods during which the patient feels and manifests in a normal way.
Science has not yet been able to determine the cause of bipolar disorder. It has been said that it could influence a genetic factor combined with environmental factors, and that may also be due to a chemical imbalance in the body, related to the production of hormones and certain neurotransmitters.
Although there are cases in which this disease has been diagnosed in infancy, the most common is that its first symptoms appear during adolescence, or when the individual begins to be an adult, and it´s likely that at first no one around them will notice of the true condition of the patient, so it´s often said of him or her that is “a very difficult and
problematic person”, without having the true scope of what happens.
Perhaps one of the most serious problems of this condition is how difficult it becomes to coexist with a person suffering from bipolar disorder, which especially affects their partner, their relatives, friends, and those who integrate their work environment.
People with bipolar disorder in the depressive phase feels depressed and hopeless, is easily irritable, have difficulty concentrating, sometimes feels afflicted by chronic pain that has no physical cause, and may have suicidal behavior.
During the manic phase, the patient becomes restless, with a high level of energy, can be euphoric and unrealistic, denying that there is any problem with his state of health.
The person may also exhibit sexual compulsion out of the ordinary, as well as aggressive or intrusive behavior. Fortunately, bipolar disorder isn´t a disease without hope, as patients can be helped with medication, although the best treatment results in the right combination of therapy and medication.
If you, your partner, or one of your family members has symptoms that signal a possible bipolar disorder, seek medical advice. A correct treatment can determine the recovery of the patient and their reintegration to the environment, giving benefits to him and his family.
If you have been reflected in this article, call us to make an appointment: At the Mercy Behavioral Center we can help you.