Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a common mental illness. A person prone to bipolar disorder experiences alternating strong emotional mood swings. Manic and depressive episodes occur between periods of usual, normal life.


Researchers cannot determine the exact cause of bipolar disorder, but heredity may play an important role in the occurrence of bipolar disorder. Impaired metabolism of neurotransmitters in the brain can also be a factor in this disease.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 45 million people worldwide suffer from bipolar disorder while, according to Dr. Vadim Baram MD, DFAPA as well as multiple peer-reviewed studies, approximately 3% of people in the United States have bipolar disorder.

 

There are many creative personalities noted among people with bipolar disorder, but scientists have not been able to establish a causal relationship between creative activities and bipolar disorder.
 
Types of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Type I: Experience of a manic episode (at least one) with periodic episodes of depression.

  • Type II: An episode of severe depression with a hypomanic episode (at least one), without episodes of full mania.

  • Fuzzy bipolar disorder: A disorder with bipolar symptoms that do not match the symptoms of other bipolar disorders.

 
Emotional changes in bipolar disorder have a great impact on a person’s daily life and relationships with friends and relatives.  Without being aware of the symptoms of the disease, a person may deny its presence, avoid or refuse treatment, and potentially even endanger his or her own life or the lives of those that he or she provides care to.
 
Episodes of mania are characterized by general emotional arousal, a state of euphoria, and excessive activity.  A person is overwhelmed with ideas, self-esteem is overstated, and he or she becomes irritable and unable to critically evaluate his or her actions.  Speech is often fast paced while sleep can become difficult to obtain, with insomnia as a frequently-experienced issue; this often results in a consistent inability to feel rested.
 
The episodes of depression are characterized by apathy, problems with mental concentration, feelings of depression, anxiety, guilt, and changes to level of sleep and/or appetite. 
Physical weakness complicates the performance of daily tasks at home, a person tends to avoid social communication, sexual activity decreases (including female sexual dysfunction), and suicidal moods can arise.

Bipolar disorder is a chronic disease that cannot be cured, but long term continuous therapy and professional psychiatric care at the clinic Vadim Baram Inc. has helped people with even the most severe forms of the disorder.

Thanks to a personal and individualized approach for each patient, competent medical therapy, and long-term care, our patients develop skills that help them better control mood swings and other symptoms of bipolar disorder.

For medical treatment of bipolar disorder and stabilization of the person’s psycho-emotional state, the providers at the clinic Vadim Baram Inc. apply modern, proven tools including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

The medications that are used to treat bipolar disorder can only be prescribed by an experienced physician that provides long-term care and consistent patient monitoring. 

 

It is incredibly important that no one attempts to self-medicate for this condition!

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