How can we identify a Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder can be identified with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.

According to research, it is very much common these days and more than 10 million cases crop up every year in India. This is a chronic condition which can last for years or can be with you for lifelong. It can’t be cured but can be treated. Lab tests are not mandatory but a medical diagnosis is necessary.

Causes of Bipolar Disorder:

The explicit cause of bipolar disorder is not known, but an alliance of genetics, environment and altered brain structure and chemistry may play a role.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder:

Manic Episodes: High energy, reduced need for sleep and loss of touch with reality.

Depressive Episodes: Low energy, low motivation, and loss of interest in daily activities.

These mood episodes may last from days to months at a time and may also be associated with suicidal thoughts.

Treatment:

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder usually involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy and must be given consistently all through life.

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