Someone who believes they may be suffering from Bipolar Disorder Syndrome should see a physician to determine if it is in fact, but you may want to have some idea before your visit. While the symptoms vary from individual to individual, there is a common signs checklist of general behavior that may help you to determine if it may be or rule out Bipolar Disorder for you or your loved one.
Bipolar Disorder is also called Manic Depression, and one suffering from this will often go in to a manic phase, which can last months, into a depressed phase. Diagnosing this illness can take some time. There is no blood test that can be performed to check for it, so your physician will look at the symptoms that you have experienced over a period of some time. It is helpful to keep note of any symptoms you experience so that you can be sure to give the physician extended accurate information. This will help in diagnosing Bipolar Disorder. Below is a common list of symptoms reported with Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depression:
Symptoms of Bipolar Mania:
Inflated / High Self Esteem
Extreme Energy on Little Sleep
Being Irrational with Decisions / Impulsive Behavior
Symptoms of Bipolar Depression:
Inability to Concrete
Lack of Energy
Fatigue / Constantly Sleeping
Low Self Confidence
Not interested in their normal activities / Seem Distant from Everyone
With all the ongoing research and studies being done on Manic Depression, there are always new treatment options available if you have yet to find the one to work for you. It is very important to keep in contact with your physician after this has been diagnosed. It is a life-long battle, but once the right treatment plan has been found, people suffering from this disorder can live a fulfilling and normal life, provided that they continue their medication and follow their physician's treatment plan. There is no cure, so treatment will be forever, but will more than likely get easier to cope with over time. The specific treatment for each patient will vary, and will also depend on the severity of bipolar the patient has. There are different types of bipolar, and your doctor will evaluate your symptoms to ensure a proper diagnosis.
Although all the information may seem overwhelming, most patients to have responses to their treatment. The medications you take may need tweaking, to increase or decrease dosages, to make it work effectively for you. Over time, most bipolar patients will find a good balance between their medications and their therapy, that will get them on the right road to recovery.