People with bipolar disorder have mood swings, not the regular ups and downs of life that most of us experience, but more significant changes that impact on their occupational, social and family life, significantly. These changes in mood may cause them to behave in uncharacteristic ways, be unpredictable in their decision making and actions or indeed go through prolonged periods of dysfunctionality.
Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time.
People with bipolar disorder experience periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and uncharacteristic behaviors—often without recognizing their likely harmful or undesirable effects. These distinct periods are called “mood episodes.”
People having a manic episode may:
Feel very “up,” “high,” elated, or irritable or touchy
Feel “jumpy” or “wired”
Have a decreased need for sleep
Have a loss of appetite
Talk very fast about a lot of different things
Feel like their thoughts are racing
Think they can do a lot of things at once
Do risky things that show poor judgment
Feel like they are unusually important, talented, or powerful
People having a depressive episode may:
Feel very sad, “down,” empty, worried, or hopeless
Feel slowed down or restless
Have trouble falling asleep, wake up too early, or sleep too much
Experience increased appetite and weight gain
Talk very slowly, feel like they have nothing to say, forget a lot
Have trouble concentrating or making decisions
Feel unable to do even simple things
Have little interest in almost all activities
Feel hopeless or worthless, think about death or suicide
While the diagnosis is clinical, brain imaging, electrophysiology, blood tests to rule out reversible causes or indeed contributing factors and a thorough pre-rehabilitation assessment including evaluation for co-morbidities (associated conditions) will be required in all instances. At Buddhi Clinic our assessment includes standard outcome indicators for activities of daily life, quality of life, neuro-disability and mental health.
We understand bipolar disorders rather uniquely. We go beyond the mind to explore brain factors that impact on mood; the human body and its contributions (hormonal, metabolic and inflammatory factors) and the role and contribution of the person’s environment.
Our integrative approach beyond medication that stabilises the brain and mind includes neuromodulation (rTMS & tDCS), individual and family psychotherapy and a range of holistic interventions, Ayurveda, Naturopathy & Yoga that help calm the mind and restore normal functioning.
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