Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition. It has an unpredictable course of ups and downs. When left untreated, this mental illness can be devastating. Bipolar is characterized by extreme highs and low. These highs and lows are defined as manic and depressive states of mind.
During these recurring manic (hyperactivity, periods of irresponsibility) and depressive (difficulty doing anything at all) episodes, a person may find it hard to lead a stable, productive life. In addition to living and dealing with these episodes, it is estimated that on average around 60% of all people with bipolar disorder have drug or alcohol problems too.
Fortunately, this mental illness can be treated with therapy and/or medications. We will briefly list some therapies that are recommended for the mental illness:
- Psychotherapy - During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition, moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors, etc…
- Cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Interpersonal psychotherapy
- Family-focused therapy.
In addition to these therapy treatments, medication and lifestyle changes will help you better deal with this mental illness. It is critical to be patient with these treatments. Little improvements will lead to big improvements down the road. No matter what mental illness you are dealing with there is no over night cure. Time and patience must occur.