Bipolar Disorder describes a range of mood Disorders in which states of mind swing like a pendulum from excessive highs to extreme lows.
Between mood swings those with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder – or manic-Depression as it was once called – feel and behave just like anyone else, with the ordinary ups and downs that anyone can experience.
It is only when these become so extreme that they interfere with ordinary activities that a diagnosis of Bi-polar Affective Disorder is described.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Everyone’s experience of Bipolar Disorder is different – some people are more affected by Depression with just an occasional period of mania – for others it is the other way round.
Some may experience only occasional mood swings with long periods of stability in between – others experience them more frequently.
Mania may be described as a heightened sense of well-being with intense feelings of energetic optimism, exciting new ideas, elevated confidence, and irritability. This can distort judgement and make life impossible to deal with and rash decisions may be made which later may have disastrous consequences.
In the extreme low period Depression is one of the common Bi polar symptoms with feelings which include uselessness, guilt, lack of interest, lack of confidence and isolation from friends.
Treatment of Bi-Polar Disorder
The Manor Clinic takes into account individual needs and preferences so that informed decisions may be made about care and treatment options.
The type and length of treatment will vary according to individual circumstances and severity. The Manor Clinic offers private in-patient and out-patient services for both self-funding patients and those covered by private medical insurance.
If you would like help or advice about treatment for depression or mood / anxiety disorders through one of our Consultants at The Manor Clinic please call 0845 0708907 or email us.