If your family member or friend is suffering from Bipolar disorder and you are looking for ways to help, you’ve come to the right place! This blog will cover all you need to know about Bipolar 1 Disorder and what you can do to help a loved one suffering from it!
So, before we get into this further, what is Bipolar 1 Disorder, and how does it differ from the other types of Bipolar disorders?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
The moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, irritable, or energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very “down,” sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes.
People who suffer from Bipolar 1 disorder typically experience full-blown manic and depressive episodes while those that suffer from Bipolar 2, tend to experience depressive and hypomanic episodes.
While there is no single cause of Bipolar 1 disorder, studies have found that there is a genetic component and a difference in the brain structure of those who suffer from this disorder. However, no single cause can be attributed to the development of this disorder.
The good news is that Bipolar 1 Disorder can be managed by a holistic approach involving psychotherapy, medication, and support from friends and family. So if you’re loved one is suffering from Bipolar 1 Disorder, you can help! Make sure they seek help and assist them in taking their medications on time, visiting their therapist regularly and support them in whatever way they need. In fact, you can also opt to visit a therapist or counselor who can guide you and enrich you with the right tools to support your loved one in the best possible way.
Dealing with the mania and the depressive episodes can be extremely challenging for families. With therapy, you get equipped with strategies and tools to control symptoms and management of routine tasks. As a caregiver, teaching patience and creating awareness will help your loved one suffering from Bipolar disorder cope better- Mavis Henriques, Senior Psychologist, Trijog: Know Your Mind
So if you suspect your loved one is suffering from Bipolar 1 disorder, reach out to a therapist at Trijog: Know Your Mind who will not only help diagnose the issue but also develop a holistic treatment plan to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.