If you have bipolar disorder you will experience swings in mood. During ‘manic’ episodes, you are likely to display overactive, excited or impulsive behaviour. At other times, you may go through long periods of feeling very depressed. There are different types of bipolar disorder, which depend on how often these swings in mood occur and how severe they are.
Bipolar is a condition that lasts a lifetime and it will give you an unpredictable run of downs and ups. If it isn’t treated, then these swings can be devastating. These recurring depressive and manic episodes that are known within this condition can make it difficult to lead a productive and stable life. When the condition enters the manic phase, you can become irresponsible and hyperactive. And when things get really bad, it can be difficult to function at all.
But there is help available.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), for example, can help you come to terms with how your thoughts and your mind can have a direct impact on your emotions. CBT will teach you how to tackle thinking patterns that are negative and will allow you to respond more positively.
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