Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar-innerBipolar Disorder is marked by “highs and lows” that may include periods of depression and periods of elevated mood (otherwise known as “mania” or “hypomania”). During periods of depression, individuals may experience persistent negative feelings including sadness, worthlessness, inadequacy, and apathy. They may also experience decreased sleep, changes in appetite, and a desire to isolate. Manic episodes typically include displays of erratic behavior with impaired thought and planning, often without conscious consideration of the consequences. These episodes may also include decreased (or no) sleep, feeling “unstoppable” or out of control, violence and aggression, and/or decreased inhibition towards unsafe activities. Changes in mood may appear several months apart or may seem “rapid cycling” and occur as often as every other day.