Welcome back to the second part of our blog series on bipolar disorder (BPD). In our previous post, we examined the criteria for being diagnosed with BPD as well as the contributing factors that cause BPD. As we continue looking at this challenging mental illness, we will take an in-depth look at the symptoms and behaviors. If you need a bipolar therapist in Raleigh, NC that you can trust, call Legacy Freedom.
Many of the people who are living with undiagnosed BPD exhibit these symptoms regularly. As family members and friends, we know getting them the care they need is essential. Knowing the signs of BPD can help you get your loved one the treatment they require.
Many patients who suffer from BPD will seek mental health help on their own for what they assume is major depression. It is only after working closely with therapists and accurately documenting their history that a diagnosis of BPD becomes clear. Those who have been in treatment for a long time may have been misdiagnosed previously with schizophrenia or chronic depression issues. While depression is part of BPD, it is not the whole story. Many times people with BPD, who are still waiting for a diagnosis, begin to self-medicate or try to escape their feelings with drugs or alcohol. These chemical dependencies make the condition worse.
When we look at the behaviors of those diagnosed with BPD we can break them down into to two broad categories of behavior. Behavior is typically "up" and very energetic during a manic episode while during depressive episodes the person is "down," hopeless and lethargic.
During a manic episode people may:
- Be more active than normal
- Have a lot of energy
- Feel exceptionally positive
- Experience racing thoughts which lead them to talk fast and change subjects rapidly
- Multitask ineffectively
- Experience insomnia
- Feel so wound up that they can't relax
- Highly anxious
- Engage in risky sexual behaviors
- Spend money erratically
However, the behavior during a depressed episode is completely different. During the time of a depressed episode people may:
- Forget things
- Become suicidal or fixated on death
- Experience insomnia or hypersomnia
- Feel sad, hopeless, unmotivated
- Complain about low energy levels
- Have difficulty experiencing joy
- Easily distracted
- Constantly worried
These behaviors can also exist at the same time and are often confusing to those around them. The person may complain about being sad and hopeless, but is unable to sit still or is talking rapidly and excitedly. These mood swings and fluctuating levels of activity are the hallmarks of BPD. If you, or someone you love, are trapped in this cycle of mania and depression, Legacy Freedom can help.
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We understand how difficult it is to live with mental illness. The challenges that you and your family face each day are unique. At Legacy Freedom of Raleigh we help you create a program that is tailored to your needs and your interests, making this approach to mental health all about you. Utilizing a holistic treatment model, we treat you as a whole person, not just a mental illness.
Our on-staff dietician and physical therapist will help you to restore your physical health and well-being, while our team of therapists and clinicians help you to restore your mind and spirit. We proudly offer traditional talk and group therapy and alternative therapies for our clients. With more than ten alternative therapies to choose from, there is sure to be something of interest to you. Whether you choose equine therapy, inner child therapy, acupuncture or tai chi, our staff is with you every step of the way.
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