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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar disorder or manic depression can fuel substance abuse. North Coast Recovery can help development a treatment plan for bipolar disorder.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Once known as “manic depression”, bipolar disorder is a very common condition that affects nearly five million Americans. It is characterized by periods of overwhelming depression, followed by a euphoric high known as mania. The length of time a patient spends in each phase varies; some will last only a few hours, while others will persist for several weeks or months.

Signs of Bipolar Disorder

The signs of bipolar disorder tend to vary based upon whether a person is in a manic or depressive state. Some signs of mania include:

  • Feeling overly happy or elated, as though high
  • Talking very fast
  • Becoming extremely impulsive
  • Having a short fuse, being easily agitated
  • Extreme restlessness
  • Displaying extreme overconfidence

When depressed, an individual may:

  • Withdraw from friends and family members
  • Lose interest in activities he or she once looked forward to
  • Have significant changes in appetite; not consume enough food or binge eat
  • Have slow or sluggish speech

Changes in Behavior

It can be difficult to determine if a person has bipolar disorder based upon behavior alone. In making a diagnosis, doctors often perform physical tests to rule out problems such as a thyroid disorder, which can result in some of the same symptoms. A patient could be asked to keep a diary of mood changes to help determine highs and lows. Symptoms may also be compared with those listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to determine how closely they fit with the official industry criteria for bipolar disorder.

Physical and Mental Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar patients often suffer certain symptoms that may not be apparent to others.

During periods of mania, they may:

  • Be impulsive, having an overwhelming desire to participate in risky behaviors, such as drug use, binge drinking, gambling, or unprotected sex
  • Have cloudy judgment or difficulty making decisions
  • Have lowered inhibitions that might cause them to go on unusual shopping sprees or engage in dangerous behaviors

When depressed, a bipolar patient may:

  • Feel listless or suffer from a lack of energy
  • Have difficulty concentrating
  • Be plagued with thoughts of suicide or a preoccupation with death
  • Dread or put off making certain decisions

How North Coast Recovery Can Help

North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.

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