Bipolar disorder can affect your mental health

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorders are manifested by strong mood swings: The affected person experiences alternating extreme mood highs (manic phase) and pronounced mood lows, in between the mood is stable.

The manic phases are manifested, for example, by accelerated thinking, the urge to move and talk, difficulty concentrating, reduced need for sleep, increased desire for sex or social contacts, as well as a buying frenzy. Psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations can also occur. When the symptoms are milder and affect daily life less, it is called a hypomanic episode. Since these are just as often followed by depression, they must be treated as well

The depressive phases, on the other hand, express themselves as sadness, loss of interest, tiredness, eating and / or sleeping disorders, reduced self-confidence, difficulty concentrating, pessimism or suicidal thoughts.

Bipolar disorder can have a significant impact on everyday life, although professional or social life is not necessarily affected. The mood swings and the changed behavior are often first noticed by the environment, sometimes even before the person concerned is aware of the situation.

Treatment of bipolar disorder

The faster the disease is treated, the better the chances of recovery. Bipolar disorders can be treated with psychotherapy with drugs that are of great importance in this disease. Participating in a support group with people who have the same disorders is often a great help in overcoming these difficulties. It is also important to include the person's environment and to ensure a good quality of family, social and professional life.

If the symptoms are too severe and there is a danger to the person concerned or to others, a briefing may be necessary.

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Further information on bipolar disorders can be found at swiss-bipolar.ch/beratung and Synapsespoir.