Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bipolar Disorder

Many who suffer from Bipolar begin to experience symptoms in childhood or adolescence but go through various treatment methods and diagnosis prior to being actually diagnosed and treated for Bipolar. Bipolar at onset is different for all who experience it. It may present as depressive or manic or both and even the depressive and manic symptomology can manifest as a range of varying degrees of mood instability. One may present as tired and withdrawn or irritable and be depressed. One may lose their appetite altogether or have very little need for sleep. Manic phases may be observed as a person being very impulsive and driven with a grandiose sense of self or suicidal and delusional, seeming out of touch with reality. There are as many manifestations of bipolar as there are individuals who cope with it. Patterns are there, criteria are met, but it all takes on the distinct flavor of those who must live within its scope everyday of their lives. It can be tough to face and a mystery to those to whom it is merely today’s disorder of note.

There is hope for those who are challenged with bipolar. There are medications that are highly effective, often taken in combination, to combat the diverse symptomology. There are psychotherapies (talk therapy) and cognitive behavioral treatments which address thinking errors. There are community support groups which can increase coping skills and allow participants to practice socializing in a safe and known environment. A weekly adult support group will begin on Monday, October 25 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. If you or someone you care about could benefit from such a group, please call (386)747-9858 for details.

by: Janice Suskey, M.Ed. Ed.S. LMHC

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