Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that can make those affected feel extreme ups and extreme downs. If a person has bipolar disorder, it can cause drastic mood changes and energy levels and disrupt their ability to navigate life. The mood swings or episodes associated with bipolar disorder can be categorized as manic, hypomanic, or depressive. Although this condition is a severe mental illness, it is treatable, and there is hope for women with this condition to get back to a healthier life.
At Crossroads Maine, we understand that life’s ups and downs can be normal. However, bipolar disorder can lead to increased health risks if left untreated. Learn more about the treatment options available to you or a loved one online or by calling 877.978.1667.
What Are Manic And Depressive Episodes?
Bipolar disorder is a severe mental health disorder characterized by extremes ranging from very mild to very severe. Manic episodes or mania refer to times when a person experiences extreme highs in mood, energy, delusions, hallucinations, and an inability to sleep or shut down their mind. Depressive episodes, on the other hand, involve:
- Extreme sadness
- Deep feelings of unworthiness
- Low energy level
- Negative thoughts
- The possibility of self-harm
Both manic and depressive episodes may prevent a person from navigating through life and inhibit their normal functioning. In each case, treatment is required. Fortunately, treatment options are available to help women who have bipolar disorder to regain control of their lives and begin the recovery journey.
What is Mania?
Mania is an extreme level of energy or mood. While everyone’s mood and energy levels typically change throughout the day, mania involves drastic changes from a person’s normal personality or behaviors. Although it may be different for each woman who suffers from this manic-depressive illness, some common signs of mania include:
- Extreme excitement or euphoria
- Pressured speech or speaking very quickly
- Feeling detached from reality
- Intense anxiety and inability to sleep
It is important to note that these symptoms are extreme changes in a loved one’s normal behavior. A person experiencing mania may engage in risky or harmful behavior.
At Crossroads Maine, we understand how mania can control your life. However, it does not have to. Find out how you can receive treatment to get mania under control by calling 877.978.1667.
Women And Bipolar Disorder
Unfortunately, women often don’t get the treatment they need because they are more likely to be misdiagnosed. Research shows that many women can wait up to 11 years to get the correct diagnosis. In many cases, medical professionals tell women that they have depression. As a result, doctors may use unsuitable treatment methods, resulting in increased manic episodes and mood cycling. It is nearly always best to talk to women’s mental health treatment experts to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options.
Treating Bipolar Disorder
Manic and depressive mood swings do not have to control your life. There is a broad range of treatment options available to those who have bipolar disorder.
At Crossroads Maine, we take a holistic approach to the symptoms of bipolar disorder, defining a well-rounded approach to the healing process. Our highly trained and experienced mental health professionals’ goal is to provide clients with the proper diagnosis and develop a suitable treatment plan for each woman’s individual needs. Whether you are struggling with mania, depression, or a combination, we have the right treatment program for you. Treatment for bipolar disorder may include:
Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, using these evidence-based treatment options, therapists help women to develop coping skills, identify strengths, and focus on managing their moods to manage everyday life.
While mood swings are normal, if you or a loved one experiences extreme changes in mood, energy, and behavior, contact us through the online form or call 877.978.1667 to learn how Crossroads Maine can help you.