A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
- Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
- Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging not required
The exact cause of bipolar disorder isn’t known, but a combination of genetics, environment and altered brain structure and chemistry may play a role.
Very common: More than 1.5 million cases per year (Nigeria)
What is a person with Bipolar Disorder like?
People with bipolar disorder frequently display extreme, intense, and disturbing emotional states known as mood episodes. Extreme happiness or excitement (mania) and melancholy (depression) are typical symptoms of mood episodes. People with bipolar disorder can also have normal moods occasionally. Continue Reading »
What are the 4 types of Bipolar Disorder?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, there are four major categories of bipolar disorder: bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, cyclothymic disorder, and bipolar disorder due to another medical or substance abuse disorder. Continue Reading »
What is the most common cause of Bipolar Disorder?
Hormonal problems: Hormonal imbalances might trigger or cause bipolar disorder. Environmental factors: Abuse, mental stress, a “significant loss,” or some other traumatic event may contribute to or trigger bipolar disorder. Continue Reading »
Can Bipolar Disorder be cured?
Bipolar disorder has no cure, but ongoing research and the development of treatment strategies is making it easier for individuals to effectively manage this condition. Adherence to treatment is most important, and that generally means finding the right combination of medications and sticking with long-term therapy. Continue Reading »
written by: Adigun Michael Olamide ‘Olamide Noble’