Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder marked by bouts of changes in mood, thinking, and behavior.
Bipolar disorder can be treated but not cured, it tends to be episodic in nature, but the goal of treatment is to manage the disease, reduce the severity of depressive and manic episodes, and keep relapses to a minimum.
There are many differences between bipolar and depression, also known as unipolar depression because a person’s mood only swings in one direction, down, whereas manic depression is bipolar because the mood swings from low to high and back again.
A significant number of adolescents who abuse alcohol and drugs suffer from an underlying mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. Without realizing it, they may be trying to self-recognize symptoms of bipolar disorder and symptoms of clinical depression or manic-depressive illness because they offer temporary relaxation or help them feel confident or energized, which may actually deepen the depression.
All mood disorders start in the brain. Because the brain is an organ of the body, mood disorders are physical, biological disorders. However, in mood disorders, the chemical processes responsible for normal brain function are disrupted.
How to distinguish bipolar disorder from depression?
Symptoms of bipolar disorder may include:
- An elevated mood is stupidity or extreme happiness that is inappropriate.
- An inflated sense of importance.
- Racing speech and thoughts.
- More talkative than usual.
- Irritability or hostility.
- Excessive distractibility.
- Decreased need for sleep.
- Reckless behavior or poor judgment (dared action, hyper-sexuality).
- hallucinations and psychoses.
Symptoms of depression may include:
- Lack of pleasure in life
- Lack of cravings for favorite activities
- Agitation and irritability
- Constant feeling of sadness and/or tearfulness
- Too much desire to sleep or not sleep
- Decreased level or inability to concentrate
- thoughts of death
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Significant weight loss, weight gain, or change in appetite
There are many ways to support others with depression and bipolar disorder. Most importantly, encourage them to treat and follow their doctor’s instructions.
Their self-esteem may be so low that they find it hard to believe that they are important to everyone. You may have difficulty because people with disorders may react aggressively. You shouldn’t take this personally, it’s just another sign of how bad they feel most of the time.
It is important to have a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals such as omega-3 vitamins, folic acid, and B vitamins, which can have a positive effect on mood and have some impact on overall health. It is important to have a healthy lifestyle, diet, exercise, and good sleep habits in order to manage bipolar disorder more effectively.