How to manage Bipolar disorder
An organisation based in Taunton has released some facts about Bipolar disorder and reassures patients with its’ motto; “You are not alone…”
The Bipolar Organisation is offering self-management training courses from November 7th to the 9th. The condition can cause excessive changes of mood with swings from extreme depression to great elation and hyperactivity. Two people in 100 will experience bipolar disorder at some time in their lives.
Women are almost twice as likely as men to suffer with the condition and are particularly vulnerable at adolescence, postpartum and menopause. One in seven people experiencing bipolar will commit suicide if it’s left untreated. On average it takes ten years to be correctly diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The cause of the condition is not fully understood but research is being carried out into genetic, biochemical and environmental factors, each of which can play a role. Symptoms of mania can be elevated mood, hyperactivity, deluded thinking, irritability, irrational spending of money, inflated self-esteem and poor judgement.
Major depressions is characterised by symptoms of morbid sadness, lowered self-esteem and decreased energy, which may interfere with the person’s ability to work, sleep, eat and enjoy once pleasurable activities. Of all psychiatric mood disorder is the most responsive to treatment: 60 – 80% of cases can be controlled or reduced.
An increasing number of people with bipolar are finding that self-management techniques can help them regain control of their lives. For more information about the upcoming training courses, contact us no our website.