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    Have you ever noticed extremes in behaviour in yourself that you cannot control or understand?  Are you easily outraged by other people’s comments or behaviours, or by situations you believe are beyond your control? Do you swing back and forth between severe depression and extreme happiness or agitation?

    If these are usual behaviour patterns that you experience you may be one of two million Americans that suffer from what known as “symptoms of bipolar disorder”.  There are two types of bipolar symptoms: bipolar disorder I and bipolar disorder II. Although both of these conditions are the same, the symptoms of bipolar disorder I are more extreme and generally more complicated to treat than.

    The symptoms of bipolar disorder were once known as signs of manic-depression since it is characterized by two the two mood extremes of mania and depression.  Mania refers to a heightened state of awareness, activity and thought processes.  Hyper-mania is a similar yet less intensive form of mania.  Depression on the other hand is a severe form of sadness and can often accompany suicidal thoughts and tendencies. 

    Symptoms of bipolar disorder I can be so extreme that psychiatrists may mistake it for schizophrenia. It is possible to be assessed as having symptoms of bipolar disorder II, yet regress to having symptoms of bipolar disorder I.  Symptoms of bipolar disorder I are almost always require the use of medications, counselling, temporary hospitalization and even on occasion electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT).  Symptoms of bipolar disorder I tend to be extreme and include among many others visual and/or audio hallucinations, talking to oneself, grandiosity, paranoia, temper tantrums, agitation, extreme happiness, depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviours.  Symptoms of bipolar disorder II are the same, except hallucinations are usually rare or non-existent and suicidal thoughts tend to occur less frequently. 

    ECT is only used in extreme cases when a patient suffers from severe symptoms of bipolar disorder depression like hallucinations, suicidal behaviours or all of the aforementioned.  There are a number of myths surrounding the use of ECT for bipolar symptoms treatment and its side effects, most of which are completely false.  ECT does not erase a person’s memory and psychiatrists do not simply use it at whim.  It tends to be a last resort only for patients suffering from extreme conditions of bipolar symptoms. 

    Human BrainBipolar disorder symptoms are usually caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters or brain cells. The two significant neurotransmitters needed to control emotional and mental health are serotonin and dopamine.  It is believed that when the levels of serotonin and dopamine aren’t quite right this may result in symptoms of bipolar disorder. Too much dopamine in the brain can lead to hallucinations.  Too little dopamine can lead to depression. Medications for the symptoms of bipolar disorder probably work by adjusting the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain.

    Sometimes after taking medications for a long time and not experiencing bipolar symptoms anymore you may, feel “well” again and may be tempted to stop taking your bipolar symptoms medications and believe that nothing is wrong.  However this is a risky decision to make on your own and you should always refer to your medical health care provider before making this choice since the symptoms of bipolar disorder will likely return.

     

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