Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bridgewater, NJ (August 15, 2013) – Bipolar disorder, aka manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in moods.

According to the National Institution of Mental Health (NIMH) there are two categories to describe the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder:

 

Symptoms of mania or a manic episode include: Symptoms of depression or a depressive episode include:
Mood Changes

  • A long period of feeling “high” or an overly happy or outgoing mood
  • Extreme irritability

Behavioral Changes

  • Talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts
  • Being easily distracted
  • Increasing activities, such as taking on new projects
  • Being overly restless
  • Sleeping little or not being tired
  • Having an unrealistic belief in one’s abilities
  • Behaving impulsively and engaging in pleasurable, high-risk behaviors
Mood Changes

  • An overly long period of feeling sad or hopeless
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex

Behavioral Changes

  • Feeling tired or “slowed down”
  • Having problems concentrating, remembering and making decisions
  • Being restless or irritable
  • Changing eating, sleeping, or other habits
  • Thinking of death or suicide, or attempting suicide

GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the importance of a healthy lifestyle. GenPsych offers a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program which is a structured therapeutic treatment that emphasizes balance between acceptance and change. DBT helps reduce impulsive behaviors, such as suicidality, self-harm, substance abuse, eating disordered behavior, aggression, isolation, rumination, dissociation, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

For more information on GenPsych’s revolutionary Dialectical Behavior Therapy Programs, visit:

http://www.genpsych.com/programs/dialectical-behavior-therapy

For more information on bipolar disorder, visit:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml

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