Bi-polar disorder is also a form of depression. Often times people casually use the term “bi-polar” when referring to the weather or people’s moods. There’s a lot of negativity attached to bi-polar which causes those with the clinical diagnoses to feel ashamed and may decide not to get treatment because of such negativity. Living with bi-polar is not easy and it’s not something others should have to feel any negative way about.
If you know someone with a clinical diagnosis of bi-polar and you’re unsure of how to interact with them you can do a few things:
ask the person what they need from you
ask how you can be supportive
attend therapy sessions
attend your own therapy
Some clinical symptoms of bi-polar are:
manic episodes of depression
Bi-polar disorder can be treated with medication in conjunction with behavioral health therapy. Working with a therapist while taking medication gives increased benefits in being able to live with the diagnosis and still have a healthy quality of life.
If you think you may have bipolar disorder take the quiz here. The quiz is from the website www.mentalhealthamerica.com and are not affiliated with THCWC. You do not need to create an account or make any contact. Please let your therapist know your score and report information.