Bipolar Disorder

The image shows that mania and depression episode of the bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental disorder which shifts manic and depressive illness. Mood changes are affected patient’s sleep pattern, activities, energy, thinking pattern, and behaviour. Mood swing may occur several times within one year. This is a lifelong disease that can be managed by the treatments. Depression episode tends to show often more than the manic episode in most patients and some patients have mixed episode of mania and depression.

“Bipolar Disorder, Manic Depression, Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD)” all of these synonyms use to call this disorder.

There are four types of bipolar disorder. The mood, energy, and activity levels are changed in all of these types. When becoming mood, energy, activity is up called a manic episode and less of these features, sad, hopeless time period known as a depressive episode. when having minor severity of the manic episode called a hypomanic episode. Here are the types of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar I Disorder

This is also known as a manic depressive disorder. In bipolar I disorder, the patient has experienced manic episode lasts at least one week with severe features that need immediate hospitalization and the major depressive episode lasts at least two weeks with both manic and depressive mixture features. In this, the patient may have manic episodes with any depressive symptoms or depressive episodes with any manic symptoms.

Bipolar II Disorder

In this, recurring episodes of major depression and hypomanic episodes. The patient may have experienced at least one episode of minor mania and major depression in his/her lifetime.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymia is the milder form of bipolar disorder which consists of cyclical mood swings. Normally this starts in adolescents. The symptoms are not severe adequate to identify as either mania or major depression. Because of the less of the severity of the symptoms, people with the disease live in a society without treatments. That is a rick to increase the disease condition.

Other Bipolar Related Disorders

There are some bipolar disorder symptoms, not include to above three. These patients have abnormal alternative mood changes for two or more years.

Risk Factors of Bipolar disorder

Heredity – Genes are not only the main reason for the disease, but it takes an important place. A child who has a parent diagnosed with bipolar disorder have a 15-30% chance of developing the disease and a child with two bipolar parents have a 50- to 75% risk. But genes are not the only risk factor for the disease.

Brain Structure – There are some brain structure abnormalities can be seen in a bipolar patient. Those changes appear in brain areas responsible for the regulation of emotions, inhibitions, and motivation.

Environment – When increasing the various type of physical, psychological and emotional trauma, they have a risk for bipolar disease. Substance misuse likewise habits also affect to increase risk.


The image shows one episode of the bipolar disorder called mania or manic episode

The episode which increases happy, energy and activity. In this episode, patients are irritable, confuse, confident, joyful and more prone to cope with activities. Mania is a character of multiple mental diseases such as bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and medical condition like multiple sclerosis. Some drugs are caused to mania like prednisolone and substance like caffeine and cocaine.

As reported by DSM-5 manic episode divided into three parts according to its severity. The three stages of the mania are hypomania(stage I), acute mania (stage II) and delirious mania – delirium (stage III).

Symptoms in Manic Episode

  • Lots of energy
  • Irritable
  • Decrease sleeping (insomnia)
  • Over talkative
  • Overactive
  • Racing thoughts
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Increase emotional sensitivity
  • Lack of concentration
  • Grandeur delusion
  • Try doing dangerous activities
  • Hallucinations


The image shows one episode of the bipolar disorder called depression episode

The episode which decreases the patient’s energy and interesting. In this period, the patient stays in a depressed or sad mood.

Symptoms in Depressive Episode

  • Prolong period of sadness without reason
  • Loss of motivation
  • Hopelessness and guilty feeling
  • Extreme fatigue or loss of energy
  • Poor concentrating 
  • Poor or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Social isolation
  • Feel worried and empty
  • Forget things a lot
  • Poor or excessive food intake
  • Suicidal ideas and thoughts

Treatments of Bipolar Disorder

Most effective treatment method is a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness, so manic and depression episodes typically come back over time. Between episodes, some patients are free of mood changes and some patients have lingering symptoms. However, long term proper treatment can control symptoms.

Medications for Bipolar Disorder

Usually use mood stabilizers (lithium, carbamazepine, lamotrigine, valproate), antidepressants (amitriptyline, clomipramine, imipramine), and atypical antipsychotics (clozapine, olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone) drugs. These drugs can help control symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Psychotherapy for bipolar disease (Talk Therapy)

In this method, talks with the patient regarding their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours that cause problems to him. Talk therapy helps to understand the problems of the person and improve a positive self-image.

Family members, caregivers and individual therapy are included for this. Here are the type of psychotherapies;

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family-focused therapy
  • Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy
  • Psychoeducation

Other Treatments of Bipolar Disease

Training in life skills and symptom management is one of the solution-oriented treatment of bipolar. Holistic healing techniques such as meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga help to emotional stability. Electroconvulsive Therapy is used to treat severe bipolar patients who can’t recover with another treatment.

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