Bipolar Dissorder

Ways to handle and cope with Bipolar Dissorder

Symptoms and Signs

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Manic Episode Signs and Symptoms- A long period of feeling "high," or an overly happy or outgoing mood.


  • Talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts
  • Being easily distracted
  • Increasing activities, such as taking on new projects
Depressive Episode Signs and Symptoms- An overly long period of feeling sad or hopeless.


  • Feeling tired or "slowed down"
  • Having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • Being restless or irritable


Description- a mental disorder marked by alternating periods of elation and depression

Statistics

  • Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year.
  • The average age of onset for bipolar disorder is 25 years although the illness can start in early childhood or as late as the 40's and 50's.
  • An equal number of men and women develop bipolar illness and it is found in all ages, races, ethnic groups and social classes.
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Treatment

There is no long-term cure for bipolar, but it can be treated with medication. People react differently to the medication and some people have to try several different medications to find one that works for them. It is a chemical imbalance in your brain and only medication can really help for most people.

Places to go for Treatment

  • Mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors
  • Community mental health centers
  • Peer support groups
Place to go- Mood Treatment Center- 1901 Adams Farm Parkway
Greensboro, North Carolina 27407