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Introduction & Overview of Bipolar

A 2013 study from The University of Queensland School of Public Health in Australia found that approximately 48.8 million individuals in the world are living with Bipolar disorder. We know that there has been a lot of misunderstanding regarding Bipolar disorder in the past. This led to over-diagnosing and over-medicating individuals who did not truly have Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar disorder is not as common as we thought. For those who are living with Bipolar disorder, they can speak to the significant impact that it can have on their lives.

Before we can talk about the different Bipolar Disorders, we need to discuss the symptoms that you can experience. This would include a Manic Episode, a Hypomanic Episode, and a Depressive Episode.

Manic Episodes are often depicted in movies and television shows as someone who is not sleeping, talking fast, whose thinking is all over the place, who is erratic. This is not an entirely false description, but keep in mind that the symptoms shown are supposed to make good television not necessarily educate us. Signs you may experience during a manic episode can include:

  • Mood disturbance (this can be irritability or feeling euphoric) for a minimum of one week
  • Increased energy and activity along with at least three of the following symptoms, four if irritability is the only mood disturbance:
    • Increased self-esteem or grandiosity
    • Not needing to sleep as much, feeling rested after small periods of sleep
    • Being more talkative than usual
    • Having racing thoughts
    • Easily distracted 
    • An increase in goal-driven behaviors or restlessness 
    • Engaging in more risk-taking behaviors than usual, that can be dangerous
  • Your symptoms have a significant impact on your functioning at work and home, or symptoms pose a danger to your health 

Hypomanic Episodes are similar to manic episodes, with noticeable differences. Below are symptoms associated with hypomanic episodes:

  • Mood disturbance for a minimum of 4 days
  • Increased energy and activity with at least two of the following symptoms
    • Increased self-esteem or grandiosity
    • Not needing to sleep as much, feeling rested after small periods of sleep
    • Being more talkative than usual
    • Having racing thoughts
    • Easily distracted 
    • An increase in goal-driven behaviors or restlessness 
  • Your symptoms have an impact on your level of functioning, and this impact does not occur when symptoms are not present
  • Others can notice the change in your mood and functioning
  • Your symptoms do not have a significant impact on your work and social life

The third characteristic associated with Bipolar disorders is Major Depressive Episodes. These depressive episodes can be present with other mental health concerns and do not always indicate bipolar disorder. The following symptoms are associated with a Major Depressive Episode:

  • Having five or more of the following symptoms within a 2 week period, one of which is either depressed mood or loss of interest and pleasure
    • Depressed mood most of the day, almost daily
    • Loss of interest in pleasure and enjoyable activities
    • Unintentional weight loss or gain
    • Insomnia or hypersomnia almost daily
    • Psychomotor agitation almost daily
    • Fatigue or loss of energy almost daily
    • Feeling worthless or very guilty almost daily
    • Difficulty concentrating or being indecisive almost daily
    • Reoccurring thoughts of death, suicidal ideation, making a plan for suicide, and suicide attempts
  • Your symptoms have a significant impact on your work or school, and your social relationships

In order to receive the proper care for Bipolar Disorder, it is important to receive an accurate diagnosis. There are three forms of Bipolar Disorder, each having its own unique features. 

The first of which would be Bipolar I. For Bipolar I, you need to have a history of one manic and one major depressive episode. For Bipolar II, a person needs to have the symptoms associated with a hypomanic episode, a major depressive episode, and have no history of a manic episode. 

The main difference between manic and hypomanic episodes is the severity of the symptoms. For both disorders, there is an impact on functioning. However, with manic episodes in Bipolar I, the individual may need to be hospitalized to be helped, whereas, in a hypomanic episode, hospitalization is rarely needed. 

The third disorder in the Bipolar section would be Cyclothymic Disorder. With Cyclothymic Disorder, the individual has been struggling with hypomanic symptoms for at least two years without meeting the full criteria for a hypomanic episode. The individual’s hypomanic and depressive symptoms have not been absent for more than two months in the same two-year period. So, the key difference between Cyclothymic Disorder and the other two Bipolar disorders is whether or not the person has met the full criteria for manic, hypomanic, and depressive episodes. 

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When to Get Help for Bipolar

Trying to make sense of the information above can feel overwhelming. The key takeaway for you should be what does it look like when someone needs to get help? If you have experienced any of the symptoms associated with manic, hypomanic, or depressive episodes, you would likely benefit from therapy. 

If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with a manic episode, you should speak to your doctor. As mentioned above, the symptoms associated with manic episodes can lead to dangerous situations. Depressive episodes can also lead to dangerous situations to discuss with your doctor. 

While thoughts of death can be normal, having these thoughts frequently can be concerning. Similarly, if these thoughts progress into thoughts about suicide, developing a plan, and having the intent to act on your plan, you should contact your doctor. It may be necessary for you to be evaluated at a hospital, depending on your thoughts.

If you have a diagnosis of Bipolar I, Bipolar II, or Cyclothymic Disorder and notice that your symptoms are worsening, you should contact your doctor. Stopping your medication for any reason would also be something important to share with your doctor. 

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What to Expect in Treatment for Bipolar Disorder in Ohio

If you find yourself looking for addiction treatment centers in Ohio, you may find that there are various levels of care available. Which level of care you need will be dependent on your symptoms at that time. 

One option would be a residential treatment for a mental health treatment program. With these programs, you would meet with a doctor to discuss medications that can be used to help manage your symptoms and likely stay at the program, until you find a medication combination that is effective for you. You should also receive some education about your illness and its symptoms, some group therapy, individual therapy, and help finding aftercare.

Outpatient treatment can include group therapy, as well as individual therapy. Individual therapy gives you the opportunity to discuss your specific concerns and receive support for your difficulties. You should continue regular meetings with your doctor to discuss your medications and any possible adjustments you need. 

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If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction and a mental health concern, call the Findlay Recovery Center at (855) 605-2135. We have our staff available to answer any questions you may have about our program and treatment options.

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