Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Bipolar disorder can also be known as “mood swings”, but it is important to understand that having “mood swings” does not mean that a person has Bipolar Disorder and Bipolar Disorder does not always coincide with mood swings.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe.

In order to diagnose Bipolar Disorder we normally look for episodes of “Euphoria” alternating with Depressive episodes. Euphoria is a period of 4 to 5 consecutive days where a person experiences a sudden surge of energy associated with racing thoughts, rapid speech, erratic behavior, a sense of grandiosity and insomnia without feeling tired the next morning.

Treatment

Bipolar Disorder can be treated with Mood Stabilizers. In some complicated cases, antipsychotics might be needed.

If you identify with some of these symptoms please consult a Psychiatrist, as there are effective treatment options available.