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Signs of Bipolar Disorder

woman discusses signs of bipolar disorder with therapist

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that is often misunderstood.  People with bipolar disorder may experience extreme emotional highs and lows, and without treatment, suffer personal and professional consequences.  Many people suffering from bipolar disorder do not recognize their symptoms, or attempt to hide them from loved ones. Additionally, it is common for those with bipolar disorder to become addicted to drugs or alcohol while attempting to cope with their condition.  Seeking treatment for mental illness alongside addiction is critical in finding recovery from either.   Bipolar disorder can present as intense mood swings, but the symptoms vary from person to person.  Some people experience periods of extremely high energy and productivity, followed by a complete lack of motivation for days on end.  Bipolar disorder can cause some people to engage in risky or dangerous behavior such as frequent unprotected sex with strangers, excessive gambling, or reckless driving.  These episodes are considered a form of mania, and are often followed by severe depression that may manifest as self-isolation and unnatural sleep patterns. Bipolar disorder can also present in a less severe form as emotional ups and downs that may not be obvious to others, but make life difficult for the person experiencing them.   People living with untreated bipolar disorder may turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to manage their symptoms.  They may believe that by taking drugs during intense emotional episodes they can regulate their mental state and appear outwardly “normal”.  Unfortunately, as with any mental health disorder, drugs and alcohol will only exacerbate the issue. Symptoms may become more severe as a result of substance abuse, and this misguided tactic may lead to addiction in the process.  Finding a treatment center that is equipped to treat co-occurring disorders is the best way for those suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to restore peace and normalcy to their lives.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and mental illness, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.