Bipolar Treatment

Addressing and Treating This Common Mental Disorder

 

Bipolar disorder is a common mental health issue characterized by extreme changes in mood with no apparent cause. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that nearly six million American adults suffer from bipolar. The organization also estimates that bipolar disorder results in 9.2 years reduction in expected life span, and as many as one in five patients with bipolar disorder completes suicide. For each one of these unfortunate millions, it can be a daily struggle to live, work and form healthy relationships. According to the World Health Organization, bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause global disability. Sufferers of bipolar disorder are also at heightened risk for substance abuse and chemical dependency. RU Encore is pleased to offer comprehensive and effective treatment for bipolar-related addiction.

Recognizing Bipolar Disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Bipolar disorder commonly manifests around a person’s mid-20s. The median age of onset is 25 years although the illness can start in early childhood or as late as the 40s and 50s. It affects men and women and is often hereditary. Over two thirds of those living with bipolar disorder have at least one close relative with the illness. If you feel that you or a loved one may be at increased risk for bipolar disorder, here are some possible signs and symptoms:

  • Extreme Fluctuations in Mood
  • Excess of Energy
  • Increased Levels of Activity
  • Jumpy or Wired Feeling
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Accelerated and Unfocused Speech
  • Anxiety and Irritability
  • Risky Behavior (Sexual, Financial, Etc.)
  • Feelings of Hopelessness and Desperation
  • Decreased Energy
  • Inability to Enjoy Life
  • Constant Fear and Worry
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Extreme Changes in Diet
  • Fatigue and Exhaustion