Drastic mood swings with extreme bouts of depression and manic behavior are the most commonly associated symptoms with bipolar syndrome.
With several misconceptions and myths associated with the syndrome, it is very important for us to understand and help the affected person deal with the issue rather than stigmatizing him/her and isolating the person from the society.
Signs of Bipolar Syndrome That You Should Not Miss
Signs and symptoms associated with bipolar syndrome vary from one individual to the other depending on the severity and frequency of the symptoms exhibited. If you feel your friend or family member is suffering from bipolar syndrome, look out for the following signs to help your loved one deal with the issue at the earliest:
A feeling of being super energetic forces the person to be extremely active, making him/her to perform various activities without feeling bored or lethargic. People suffering from this also suffer from sleep related disorders leading to insomnia. This type of behavior forces the affected person to act extremely weirdly and inappropriately under different situations, having a serious effect on his/her performance socially, personally and professionally. A feeling of being right while everyone else is wrong or lesser in terms of status makes the affected person feel invincible and strong. Increased bouts of irritability and unexplained anger are also noticed.
These symptoms are completely on the other side of the spectrum. Here the person feels extremely drowsy even after hours of sleep. Constantly feeling low and depressed, with a battered self esteem and hallucinations makes the affected person think that he/she is worthless. Excess sleep coupled with irregular eating patterns forces the person to put on weight in an unhealthy manner. They tend to speak, walk and move very slowly in a lethargic manner. In most cases, people suffering from bipolar syndrome suffer either from manic behavior or depressed behavior.
However, in quite a large number of cases, people have been observed to show a mixture of manic and depressed behavior, where they feel extremely high followed by a depressed state of mind making them develop suicidal thoughts.
What Causes Bipolar Syndrome
While the exact cause for bipolar syndrome is not established, most cases seem to be hereditary in nature making it quite possible for the syndrome to be linked with genes. Mental or physical abuse, a disturbing incident or event that has affected the person mentally can also trigger bipolar syndrome. Substance abuse like using drugs, certain types of medications, imbalance in neurotransmitters, high levels of stress hormones in the circulatory system and abnormal functioning of thyroid glands are also responsible for causing this condition.
Treatment for Bipolar Syndrome
With symptoms of bipolar syndrome being similar to Schizophrenia, most of the cases go misdiagnosed. It is therefore very important to observe the signs and symptoms and get immediate treatment without any delay to prevent aggravation of the condition. If left untreated or if there is any delay in treatment, the condition could turn out to be dangerous for the affected person and for people who are in close proximity with the affected person, due to violent mood swings and behavioral problems.
Bipolar syndrome requires a multiple approach that includes medications, family support and psychiatric help to deal with the issue. Mood stabilizing medications are mainly prescribed to bring the person’s behavior under control. With appropriate emotional support from close friends and family members, most of the patients affected with bipolar syndrome are known to lead a normal and happy life.
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