Early Signs of Bipolar Disorder
10 Jun 2016
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings from high to low and vice versa. These episodes may last for weeks or months. They can also become mixed with a quick progression from one mood to another.
ipolar disorder has a high impact on quality of life of the afflicted. It impairs the capacity to work and function in general and has a negative effect on relationships as well. Suicide risk is also high among those suffering from this disorder.
Citing the above, it’s imperative that the disorder be identified in its early stages so as to help intervene at the earliest.
Early warning signs that will help you identify bipolar disorder-
1. Feeling elated for a long time
2. Feeling irritable or agitated
3. Have trouble sleeping
4. Becoming more active than usual
5. Extreme restlessness
6. Talking very fast
7. Unrealistic confidence in your abilities or power
8. Engaging in risky behavior like going on a spending spree, giving away money or expensive items to people
1. Feeling sad for a long time or crying spells
2. Significant loss or increase in apetite
3. Difficulties in sleep
4. Sever fatigue or loss of energy
5. Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
6. Problems with memory and concentration
7. Withdrawal from family and friends
8. Suicidal thoughts or attempting suicide
Who is at risk?
Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. If you have a family history of bipolar disorder, you are at risk and should consult a mental health professional for preventive treatment.
Stress is also seen to precede bipolar disorder. Events that may act as triggers include going sleepless for a long duration of time, relationship issues and experiencing serious trauma during childhood.
Drug and alcohol abuse also frequently lead to bipolar disorder.
Major life changes like the loss of a spouse, starting a new job, losing employment, marriage and family disagreements are also seen to lead to bipolar disorder.
How ePsyClinic can help?
A mental health professional will assess you or your loved one for symptoms of bipolar disorder. A detailed history will be taken from you and/or a family member. The assessment may include a questionnaire if deemed necessary.
You will be asked to keep a mood-charting diary to track your sleep patterns and daily moods. The treatment will include both medication and psychotherapy. It will be advisable to include a family member into your treatment plan to ensure speedy recovery with family support. Family support plays an important role in intervening with bipolar disorder as they are the ones who usually keep a track of early warning signs and communicate to the afflicted so that timely intervention can be carried out.
Preventing Bipolar Disorder from recurring at the outset
We will also help to educate you about bipolar disorder and its warning signs that are specific to you. We will prepare you for an episode that might occur in the future. We will teach you how to realize these warning signs at the outset to prevent a full blown episode from recurring.
Bipolar disorder is treatable and recurring episodes can be prevented if timely intervention is sought.
We at ePsyClinic are fully equipped to help you through this ordeal. If you are at risk or have had a bipolar disorder episode in the past, don’t hesitate to contact us at the earliest and we will ensure your wellbeing.
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