All About Bipolar
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Bipolar Disorder is characterized by unpredictable and extreme mood changes. These can be triggered by a traumatic or disruptive life event, use of a substance, a change of environment, or other similar experiences. Someone who is bipolar will often swing from feeling highly motivated, expansive, and euphoric to feeling lethargic, deeply sad, and despairing. This is the cycle of manic episodes (highs) to depressive episodes (lows).
If you have Bipolar Disorder, it is normal to feel out of control of your emotions, but it can be life-changing to seek help, learn to understand your brain better, and find ways to manage your symptoms.
To Learn More:
The National Institute of Mental Health has a comprehensive outline of the disorder. Additionally, How Stuff Works (one of our favorite websites) has a great overview of Bipolar Disorder, its symptoms, and its causes.
We talk a bit about therapy in the show (because Laura LOVES it!), but if you want to learn more about psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), check out this great article by MentalHelp.net. If you’re interested in how CBT works in more detail, and maybe want to learn some techniques, Everyday Health outlines the process and its applications in this article.
How to Get Help When You Need It:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can help you find local mental health services online here.
You can also reach out to your Primary Care Physician and ask them for a referral to a mental health professional.
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