Could You Be Suffering From Bipolar Depression
Have you ever met a person who appears very depressed at one time and in the next minute they are extremely over excited or so much energetic? Well,the person may most likely be suffering from a condition known as bipolar depression (also referred to as manic depression). This is a health problem that makes a person’s moods alternate from extremely high levels (manic) to extremely low (depression) levels. All this is usually caused either by genetically related body conditions, lifestyle influences, emotional problems or extremely stressful situations.
Bipolar depression is believed to begin during the late stages of teenage hood and then slowly progresses into adult hood if left untreated. It does not discriminate along racial lines, against the two sex groups (male or female), age, culture or social status of a person. For this reason, anyone can easily suffer from this type of depression.
There are three bipolar depression episodes that are usually experienced by people who may suffer from this illness. The manic episode is among these three episodes that can be experienced. While the patient is in this phase, he or she may generally have a high sense of elevated mood conditions. These mood conditions may include; having an increased sexual drive, having an increased urge of spending, experiencing racing thoughts, finding it hard to sleep and so on. All these symptoms affect the patient’s ability to properly concentrate on issues surrounding him while at the same time he or she may always appear agitated around other people.
The second bipolar depression episode is the depression phase. While in this phase, the patient experiences low mood levels. He or she may appear extremely sad, always withdrawn, always having a feeling of hopelessness, always having suicidal thoughts and so on. On the other hand, the third episode also known as the mixed bipolar episode rarely occurs but when it does, both symptoms of the manic episode and the depressive episode apparently become eminent. However, these symptoms do not appear fully blown as compared to how they would have been seen in their respective episodes. For example, the patient may be having a sense of hopelessness while at the same time feel so much energized.
There are three categories of bipolar depression cases. The first one being, “Bipolar I disorder”. This category allows you to experience at least one manic episode with or without any previous episodes of depression while the second category, “Bipolar II disorder”, ensures that the patient at least experiences one episode of depression and at least one episode of a manic situation. The last category is referred to as the Cyclothymia category and is often a mild form of bipolar depression. When you have this form of bipolar disorder, the elevated moods together with the depressed moods are usually not intensely experienced.
In order to treat bipolar depression, psychiatrists usually offer help by listening to their patients and ultimately, counseling them in the process. If need arises, appropriate medication is usually prescribed to the patient. Commonly used bipolar depression medication include, mood stabilizers, antidepressants and anti-seizure medication. Mood stabilizers and Anti-seizure medication work by regulating and stabilizing the patient’s moods so that he or she may not be able to swing between manic and depression episodes.
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