Bipolar Disorder

This is a brain disorder. A person can go from a high positive energy called a “manic episode” to negative low/ no energy called a “depressive episode”. Bipolar disorder can affect the diagnoses’ people’s day to day life, since their extreme moods can change quickly. Someone who is bipolar will have it for life, it is treatable but some of their symptoms may come out now and again.

People with bipolar have manic and depressive moods can include;

             very outgoing
            extremely happy
            mood swings
            easily bothered
             jumpy
             worried
            • having lots or no interest in any activities

 

Their manic or depressive behaviour changes;

             everything about the person speeds up (when they talk, walk, think)
             cannot make decisions
             enable to focus 
             either not sleeping or sleeping too much
             sociable/spur-of-the-moment 
             they are isolated/ thinking about suicide or attempting suicide
             can get addicted to drugs and alcohol to hide what they are going through or feeling
             have problems in relationships, school/work

 

People with bipolar disorder are at a higher risk of abusing drugs and alcohol. This will only make the disorder worse and cause more social problems at home and school/work. They will also have a higher chance of ;

             heart disease
             headaches
             diabetes
             obesity

It is important that a person that is bipolar visit their doctor regularly to prevent any other illnesses that may arise. Kids that have a parent or sibling (brother/sister) that have the disorder are more likely to become bipolar. But just because the disorder is in the family does not mean that a child will be bipolar. It is not just genes that cause bipolar disorder, there many factors that are still being researched today.

Right now that is no cure for bipolar disorder, it can only be treated with medication and therapy. Since bipolar disorder is for life, medication has to be monitored and therapy has to be continuous. It is important to ask the doctor or pharmacist about side effects the medication will have.

 

Some professionals that a person with bipolar may need are;


             psychologist
             counsellor
             social worker
            mental health worker

When caring for someone or yourself who has bipolar, here are some pointers to help you stay on track;

            stay on the medication given by your doctor
             get enough sleep
             keep a routine of eating and sleeping around the same time each day
             talk about the disorder with family/friends/peer support group
             get outdoors like going for a walk
            • learn more about bipolar disorder

Please keep and go to all appointments for your doctor or worker.



 

 


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