Disorders and Treatment
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Borderline Personality
- Mental Health Diagnosis
- Mental Health Treatments
- Alternative Meds
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Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes extreme shifts in mood and behavior typically referred to as ‘mood episodes,’ which severely interrupt a person’s life, making it hard to function normally.
Typically the symptoms of bipolar disorder in women are not easy to recognize. Often the symptoms of bipolar disorder are thought to be symptoms of separate issues, rather than just one part of a larger issue.
For this reason, it’s important to understand and recognize the symptoms of bipolar disorder so that women are properly diagnosed and treated.
There are two types of intensive ‘mood episodes’ that women with bipolar disorder experience. A ‘manic’ episode is when a woman is in an overly happy or excited state. A ‘depressive’ episode occurs when a woman is overly sad or depressed. Sometimes a ‘mood episode’ can be ‘mixed,’ where there are episodes of ‘manic’ and ‘depressive.’
There are four basic types of bipolar disorder:
Each type has characteristics that differentiate it from the others.
Changes in mood and behavior may be signs that a woman is experiencing a ‘manic’ episode. Mood changes may include long periods of time feeling overly happy or outgoing, experiencing an irritable mood or feeling agitated, jumpy or wired. Behavioral changes can include talking very fast, having racing thoughts, being easily distracted, restless, lack of sleep, behaving impulsively, or engaging in high-risk behaviors such as shopping sprees.
A ‘depressive’ episode also involves mood and behavioral changes. Mood changes may include long periods of time feeling worried or a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed. Behavioral changes may include issues with concentration, memory or making decisions, being restless or irritable, having a change in eating and sleeping patterns, and thinking of death or suicide.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
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