Bipolar Disorders

Bipolar disordersBipolar disorders are mood disorders that cause people to swing from one emotional end of the spectrum to the other. Because the mental illness combines depression and mania, the symptoms will vary depending on the stage a person is currently in, but they mirror the common signs of depression and mania. Bipolar disorders are serious problems that should be treated. Psychotherapy including counseling can be a good way to get help with any of the various types of bipolar disorders.

Types of Bipolar Disorders

A manic episode - a period of time during which a person exhibits an elevated mood with excess amounts of energy - will occur as well as periods of depression no matter the type of bipolar disorder:

  • Manic Depression - This is another way to describe bipolar disorder
  • Bipolar I Disorder - This is a severe mental illness that results in periods of mania and depression
  • Bipolar II Disorder - While this is similar to bipolar I disorder, patients with this variety never reach a peak for the mania side
  • Cyclothymic Disorder - This is a mild form of bipolar disorder where the mood swings are not very extreme
  • Unspecified Mood Disorder - This mood disorder is used to describe bipolar disorders that exhibit symptoms from one or more of the other types of bipolar disorder

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorders 

Because there are two sides to this mental illness, the symptoms that appear may fall into one of two categories - depression or mania:

Mania Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Racing thoughts that are disconnected
  • Grandiose notions about the world
  • Inappropriate elation
  • Inappropriate irritability
  • Inappropriate social behaviour
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Increased talking speed and/or volume
  • Markedly increased energy
  • Poor judgment
  • Severe insomnia

Depression Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Extreme pessimism
  • Persistent sadness
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Both sides of the mental illness come with risks. From mania resulting in problems with relationships or physical harm to depression leading to suicide, there are many risks that come with bipolar disorders. Many people dealing with this mental illness have a very hard time staying in healthy relationships. Looking at these complications of bipolar disorder, it's easy to see why treatment for this mood disorder is so important.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorders 

On GoMentor.com, you can get online help from trained therapists who understand bipolar disorder - both sides of the mental illness. With psychotherapy and counselling, it's possible to be able to live a more normal life, even with this mood disorder. The online therapy you can get from professionals through GoMentor 24/7 can help with most of the issues that come with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorders are some of the most severe mental illnesses which is why it's so vital to get help with treatment.

If you or another person have suicidal thoughts or are in some way a hazard to your own health, then you should not use GoMentor.These resources can help you with immediate assistance.