Bipolar Disorder


What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious psychological condition that causes individuals to experience extreme shifts in mood, attitude, behavior, and energy. Sufferers of bipolar disorder experience manic highs and depressive lows which can last for prolonged periods of time.

A woman experiencing bipolar disorder will find that her symptoms worsen over the years. Since the disorder carries with it an increased risk of suicide, and drug and alcohol addiction, it is important for individuals with bipolar disorder to seek professional treatment.

What are the Effects of Bipolar Disorder?

Individuals experiencing bipolar disorder will experience extreme manic highs and extreme depressive lows. The mood swings experienced in individuals suffering from bipolar disorder can last for weeks or even months, and inhibit the ability to function and maintain relationships.

Bipolar disorder symptoms commonly expressed by patients include:

  • Extreme highs or optimism, followed by despair, sadness, or emotional numbness
  • Severe irritability and/or angry outbursts
  • False, unrealistic, and inflated beliefs about one’s talents and capacities
  • Increased rates of speech and thoughts
  • Trouble focusing on tasks or concentrating
  • Diminished capacity for judgment
  • Uncontrolled spontaneity without a sense of consequences
  • Delusional thinking and hallucinations
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Tiredness
  • Physical and mental laziness
  • Appetite/weight changes
  • Trouble sleeping or extreme changes in sleeping patterns
  • Inability to remember things
  • Feelings of despair, insignificance, unworthiness, or guilt
  • Preoccupation with death or ideas about suicide

Individuals experiencing the above symptoms should seek professional help to see if their condition is, in fact, bipolar disorder and how they can regain control over their lives.

Help for Bipolar Disorder

In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, women are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery.

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