Bipolar disorder, also called bipolar affective disorder, is a mood disorder that used to be known as manic depression. It compels a person's moods to swing from intense lows to extreme highs. The depressive symptoms include low self-esteem, feeling worthless, energy shortage, and suicidal ideas. In contrast, manic symptoms include agitation, impulsive conduct, excitement, and heightened energy. In addition, some sufferers experience psychotic symptoms where they hear and see things that feel real but don't exist. There are different types of bipolar disorder, and though the cause is unidentified, there are thought to be a mixture of environmental and genetic causes. Bipolar disorder is treated with talk therapies and pharmaceuticals.
Bipolar disorder is usually a lifelong mental health problem mainly affecting a person's mood. If you have bipolar disorder, you can encounter episodes of depression and mania. However, sufferers often feel okay between these spells. When their mood shifts, they may notice changes in their function or energy levels. Bipolar disorder symptoms can be severe, involving myriad facets of your life, including relationships, school, and work. Most sufferers develop bipolar before the age of 20. It can materialize later in life but rarely develops after 40 years old. Before receiving a diagnosis, you may experience bipolar disorder symptoms for a long time. A physician may diagnose you with depression before your bipolar diagnosis. It is difficult for doctors to diagnose mental illnesses because there are usually no blood tests or scans to help them diagnose.
The symptoms of bipolar make it extremely challenging to manage daily life and damage your work and relationships. Our experts on counseling services in WInter Park list these bipolar symptoms:
Depressive symptoms of bipolar include:
Bipolar mania symptoms include:
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.