You may be suffering from Bipolar Disorder, which is also known as manic-depressive condition, if you are experiencing extreme shifts in your mood, energy and activity levels. These changes are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time.
For more information on mental health conditions, you may refer to Mental Health Resources.
Research indicates that you are prone to bipolar disorder if someone in your family has the disorder. Chemical imbalances in the brain can also cause bipolar disorder.
Environmental factors such as undergoing a major life event or crisis and experiencing high levels of stress may precipitate a higher chance of you developing bipolar disorder.
Substance abuse: Substance abuse may also cause bipolar disorder.
If you think you or someone you know may have bipolar disorder, you may consult a mental health professional such as a General Practitioner or a Polyclinic Doctor.
Psychological treatments: For persons whose conditions are more stable, it can help them with symptom recognition and management.
Medication: Medication is the main treatment option. Mood stabilisers, antidepressants, anti-psychotics and sedatives can be used in different combinations, depending on individual presentations, to treat acute episodes and to help prevent a relapse. It may take a few days to a few weeks for them to produce optimal effect.
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