Archive for the ‘Bipolar disorder’ Category

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Monday, October 31st, 2011

1. Feeling sad or blue, or “down in the dumps”

2. Loss of interest in things the person used to enjoy, including sex

3. Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty

4. Sleeping too little or too much

5. Changes in weight or appetite

6. Feeling tired or having little or no energy

7. Feeling restless

8. Problems concentrating or making decisions

9. Thoughts of death or suicide

Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder

Thursday, August 10th, 2006
The treatment of bipolar disorder (manic depression) is usually two fold – medications and therapy. Found here are resources relating to the various types of therapy utilized in the treatment of mental illnesses. This also includes information relating to hospitalization, research studies that offer treatment, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and some alternative therapies.

Depression Symptoms of Bipolar disorder

Thursday, August 10th, 2006
  • Feeling sad or blue, or “down in the dumps”
  • Loss of interest in things the person used to enjoy, including sex
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Feeling tired or having little or no energy
  • Feeling restless
  • Problems concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Mania Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Thursday, August 10th, 2006
  • Increased energy level
  • Less need for sleep
  • Racing thoughts or mind jumps around
  • Easily distracted
  • More talkative than usual or feeling pressure to keep talking
  • More self-confident than usual
  • Focused on getting things done, but often completing little
  • Risky or unusual activities to the extreme, even if it’s likely bad things will happen

Bipolar disorder mood episodes

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

According to the American Psychiatric Association, bipolar disorder includes the following four types of mood episodes:

Depression – People with bipolar disorder can feel very sad, sometimes for long periods of time. They may not even want to get out of bed or eat. They don’t enjoy doing things they used to do.

Mania - Mania is the other side of bipolar disorder. Mania may start with a good feeling, almost like a “high.” Or it may make a person feel very irritable and angry. People with mania may do very risky things.

Hypomania – Hypomania is a milder form of mania. A person may feel good and may think that he or she is getting more things done. But the “feel good” stage can change into full-blown mania or depression.

Mixed mood – Feelings of mania and depression can also go back and forth in the same day. This is called a mixed episode.

With all types of episodes, patients are at risk for suicide.

Bipolar disorder

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Bipolar disorder is a serious medical illness that can affect a person’s ability to feel a normal range of moods. People with bipolar disorder have mood swings that can range from very low (depression) to very high (mania).

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression. The word “bipolar” is now used because the disorder is made up of two poles, or extremes.