Bipolar Disorder: The highs and lows

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Yes, mood swings are a part of life and we all have them, but in a couple of hours, whether you’re overjoyed or a bit annoyed, you get back to living your life; but, bipolar disorder is more than just being in a good or bad mood for a few hours – it’s a serious condition that can interfere with your ability to live a normal life.

Understanding bipolar

Bipolar disorder (known before as manic depression) causes drastic shifts in your mood, energy levels and way of thinking. There are times when you will feel extremely ‘high’ (known as mania) and others when you fill feel very ‘low’ (known as hypomania.)

During a manic episode, you may feel full of energy even though you’ve had very little sleep, or you may make impulsive, life-changing decisions – such as quitting your job – without thinking about the consequences.

At the other end of the scale, when you fall into a deep depression, you may not be able to get out of bed for days or weeks because of feelings of hopelessness and despair.

Common signs Of mania

  • Feeling unusually “high” and positive or very irritable
  • Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next
  • Easily distracted, not able to concentrate

Common signs Of depression

  • Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty.
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

We spoke to Dr Russell Thomson from Hello Doctor and he commented that the causes of bipolar disorder are unknown, but it often appears to be hereditary.

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There is good news: with the right medication, therapy and some healthy lifestyle changes, YOU can be in control.

Some tips on managing bipolar

  • Keep your stress levels as low as possible
  • Encourage your family and friends to support you
  • Follow a healthy, balanced diet and exercise every day
  • Keep a regular sleep pattern

If you would like more information, why not speak to one of our doctors at Hello Doctor.

If you need to speak to someone confidentially, here are some details of support services: Life Line National Counselling: 0861-322-322 or SADAG Mental Health Line: 0800 567 567.