Bipolar disorder belongs to mood disorders and is also known as manic – depressive psychosis.
Violent mood swings and alternating episodes of depression and mania is symptomatic of this disorder.
Episodes of deep depression, dejection, and apathy are followed by episodes of mania, which are superseded by euphoria, energy, and excitement. Sometimes it happens that these moods are combined, even in one day. There are huge mood oscillations, much greater than those in people without this disorder. If episodes are severe, they hinder and prevent the person from living a normal life.
Bipolar disorder most commonly occurs in late adolescence or the twenties and is equally represented in both sexes.
The program consists of the following stages:
The manic episode is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Strong euphoria
- Feeling of unrest
- Accelerated thinking process
- Poor judging
- Decline in concentration
- Aggressive behavior
- Decreased need for sleep
- Spending large amounts of money on various unnecessary things
- Increased self-esteem and feeling of importance
- Engaging in risky activities
- Increased sexual desire
- Preference for alcohol and drugs.
People suffering from bipolar disorder are often prone to the abuse of psychoactive substances, which is a separate problem. In our hospital, we have tried-and-tested treatments that help in treating all types of addiction.
Bipolar disorder – the depressive episode
The depressive episode is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Feeling of hopelessness
- Problems with concentration and forgetfulness
- Thoughts of own worthlessness
- Feeling of guilt
- Suicidal thoughts
- Little or too much sleep
- Losing or gaining weight
- Feeling of emptiness
- Chronic feeling of fatigue
- Lack of interest in usual activities.
Some people are dominated by manic episodes, both by number and intensity, while some go through depressive episodes more often. Other people quickly go through both types of episodes. There are also extreme cases in which a person has lunatic ideas and hallucinations.
Treatment of bipolar disorder at Dr Vorobjev special hospital
Bipolar disorder is treated with the help of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. An effective mood stabilizer, lithium, is used, which prevents affect oscillations.
Lithium is a cornerstone choice for the treatment of all people who experience more than one manic episode. Its advantage is that it stabilized mood with both depressive and manic episodes.
Psychotherapy is essential as many strategies for monitoring and controlling own mood, and coping mechanisms are learned therein, and it also emphasizes the importance of the daily plan of activities to be followed.
Our experts can help you recover the disturbed balance and manage your emotions, which will lead you to a more fulfilled and more meaningful life.