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Bipolar Disorder

“Bipolar is like being on a roller coaster ride. Sometimes you can predict drop-offs, and others, you have to hang on because the next turn sends you into an unexpected spiral. Sometimes you are laughing and throwing your hands in the air, and then other times you are clinging, simply holding on for dear life screaming at the top of your lungs.”

What does Bipolar Disorder mean?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Bipolar Disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.”

It is crucial to approach Bipolar Disorder with extreme care and caution for an effective recovery. One of the most important things to know is that every type of Bipolar Disorder is treatable. Anyone who recognizes the symptoms of bipolar in themselves is already on the first step to recovery.

People dealing with Bipolar Disorder will experience episodes of intense emotion in both manic and depressive states. Some of the following signs and symptoms are what a person will encounter while in an episode:

Manic Episode:

  • They feel like they do not need as much sleep as they did before.
  • They feel like their thoughts are fast or are in fast-forward mode.
  • They feel like they are now more powerful, influential, or talented.

Depressive Episode:

  • They feel like they are worthless and increased thoughts involving death.
  • They feel like they cannot stay concentrated or that they cannot make decisions as quickly.
  • Changes in their appetite causing them to eat more and experience weight gain.

There are three different types of Bipolar Disorder. While they are different, they all are known to cause changes in an individual’s mood, energy, and activity levels.

Bipolar I Disorder

With Bipolar I, the manic episodes will last a minimum of 7 days and include such severe manic symptoms that the individual will require immediate hospital care. The person will also experience bouts of depression that will typically last a minimum of two weeks.

Bipolar II Disorder

With Bipolar II, the individual will experience hypomanic episodes that are considerably less severe than manic episodes even though they still can interfere with functioning correctly. A person who has been diagnosed with bipolar II will also experience depression episodes, but these will also be less severe than with bipolar I.

Cyclothymic Disorder (also known as Cyclothymia)

A person with Cyclothymia will swing between hypomania and low-grade depression. Because they experience these episodes on a much smaller scale, they do not fall into the category of bipolar I and bipolar II.

* A person can be diagnosed with “other specified and unspecified bipolar and related disorders” if they experience symptoms that do not necessarily fall into the above categories.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “More than two-thirds of people with bipolar disorder have at least one close relative with the illness or with unipolar major depression, indicating that the disease has a heritable component.”

The statistics regarding bipolar Disorder can show how important it is to reach out to someone when you are struggling with your mental health.

The National Institute of Mental Health also showed that “bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year.”

It also stated that the onset of bipolar Disorder could start as early as childhood or as late as the ’50s. The median age is 25.

The most effective treatment options are here at Maui Recovery.

Here at Maui Recovery, we refer to everyone in our program as part of our “Ohana.” The Hawaiian word Ohana, defined as “coming from the same root,” refers to an inclusive and extended family. This word expresses the beliefs that Maui Recovery holds close to our hearts.

If you feel trapped by the mental health issues you are struggling with, you will be less inclined to reach out to a family member or treatment program. But asking for help is the first step when it comes to the recovery journey. Your body, mind, and soul deserve a chance to experience healing and break down the walls you have built around yourself because of any trauma you may have experienced.

We believe that it is possible to reverse the mind, body, and spirit breakdown.

Our mission at Maui Recovery is to welcome, nurture and care for individuals and families on their healing journey to recovery. We work to empower their restoration & transformation through providing programs that will assist in healing the whole self, from a shame core to a loving core. The journey will include cultivating meaningful human connection, intimacy, and purposeful living.

Here at Maui Recovery, we believe in providing a safe, nurturing, and healing environment for individuals to heal and find serenity while growing mentally and emotionally.

We believe in helping everyone find their truth and getting rid of the false reality, they have been dealing with for past years.

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