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When a person with bipolar disorder is in a manic or hypomanic state, it’s sometimes called a manic episode. In this state, the person may engage in risky behaviors.

The person with bipolar disorder may become agitated and aggressive. They may seem like they’re in a state of extreme mania. They may have trouble sleeping or eating. They may have delusions.

They may hurt themselves or others. They may have periods where they appear to be in a depressed state for several weeks.

Some people with bipolar disorder may show signs of depression. They may be sad and feel hopeless. They may also have thoughts of death or self-harm.

People with bipolar disorder may also show signs of postpartum depression. This is a type of depression that often affects women during the postpartum period. It’s common in new mothers and can be very difficult to treat.

People with this type of depression may also have changes in appetite. They may become preoccupied with food. They may also have low libido.

Depression and mania

Depression and mania occur together, but they’re not the same thing. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. It’s a mental health condition that causes extreme shifts in mood.

Symptoms of depression and mania may look a lot alike. Both can cause loss of interest in daily activities, feelings of guilt, and feelings of hopelessness. Both can also cause suicidal thoughts.

With bipolar disorder, however, a person may have one episode of depression and another episode of mania. The episodes can occur within hours or over several weeks.

Treatment for depression and mania

Treatment for bipolar disorder involves managing a person’s moods and preventing episodes of depression and mania.

Medication

The first line of treatment for bipolar disorder is medication. This can help to control the manic symptoms. It may also be used to prevent depression.

Antidepressants

Doctors sometimes prescribe antidepressants to people with bipolar disorder. They may be used to treat symptoms of depression.

Antidepressants can help to improve a person’s mood. They can also help a person to sleep better.

Stimulant medication

Doctors may prescribe a person with bipolar disorder a stimulant medication. This may help to control symptoms of mania.

Antipsychotic medication

Doctors may prescribe antipsychotic medication to a person with bipolar disorder. They may also prescribe a mood stabilizer. Mood stabilizers help to prevent depression.

Support groups

Some people with bipolar disorder who experience depression may benefit from support groups. These groups may help people with bipolar disorder to:

  • Learn more about bipolar disorder
  • Learn more about depression
  • Learn how to cope with bipolar disorder
  • Work through suicidal thoughts

Family and friends

Family and friends of people with bipolar disorder can support them by:

  • Listening to them
  • Asking questions
  • Offering encouragement
  • Helping with daily tasks

What is the long-term outlook?

Many people with bipolar disorder can live a full and happy life. They can also lead productive and fulfilling lives.

However, a person with bipolar disorder may need to take medication for the rest of their life to control their moods and prevent future episodes.

A person with bipolar disorder can also:

  • Recover from a manic or hypomanic episode
  • Manage their depression
  • Stay active and healthy
  • Maintain social relationships
  • Lead a normal and productive life
  • Get married or have a relationship
  • Have children
  • Participate in a group or support group

A person with bipolar disorder may find it helpful to:

  • Join a support group
  • Talk to a counselor
  • Visit a mental health professional

For a list of local support groups, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

How to help someone with bipolar disorder?

A person with bipolar disorder may not want to be helped by others. This is common.

A person may also need someone to talk to about their problems. Some people with bipolar disorder find it helpful to talk to a family member or close friend.

Sometimes, a person may need to talk to a therapist. A therapist can help them to:

  • Understand their condition
  • Manage their condition
  • Identify personal strengths and qualities
  • Learn more about mania
  • Identify and address troubling emotions

A therapist can also help to:

  • Understand the condition
  • Explain the causes and effects
  • Help a person to cope with their symptoms
  • Help a person to understand their condition and manage it

A therapist can also help a person to:

  • Find a new job
  • Work through stressful situations
  • Understand their condition and manage it
  • Learn new skills
  • Find support

When to contact a doctor?

If a person has symptoms of bipolar disorder, it’s often best to see a doctor.

They can:

  • Discuss the symptoms
  • Look at a person’s medical history
  • Discuss possible causes
  • Identify a mental health problem

How can a person get help?

A person can get help for their bipolar disorder in many ways. These include:

  • Talking to a counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist
  • Participating in a support group
  • Working with a therapist
  • Working with a psychiatrist
  • Seeking a second opinion
  • Talking to friends and family
  • Working with a friend or family member

A person may also want to:

  • Talk to a doctor
  • Find a support group
  • Talk to a psychiatrist
  • Visit a support group
  • Get a second opinion
  • Talk to a friend or family member
  • Ask a friend or family member to help

A person can also speak to their doctor if they:

  • Are considering suicide
  • Want to reduce the risk of suicide
  • Want to know more about bipolar disorder

The takeaway

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which someone experiences both mania and depression.

Bipolar disorder is a condition that can be treated. It’s important for a person with bipolar disorder to take their medication and to see their doctor regularly. They must also seek support to manage their condition.

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