Bipolar Depression is a Major Depressive Episode that occurs as part of Bipolar Disorder. Individuals with Bipolar have both Depressive and Manic or Hypomanic episodes. Some people cycle quickly between Depressive and Manic episodes while others cycle more slowly.
When someone with Bipolar has a Major Depressive Episode they tend to experience a depressed mood, a loss of interest in things that previously interested them, and low self-esteem. They also tend to feel perpetually sad or down and have very little energy to handle the demands of life. They may feel exhausted simply getting out of bed. Alternatively, they may feel agitated or irritable all the time. This is especially true in adolescents who are experiencing depression. In addition, people who experience bipolar depression seem to ruminate and become overwhelmed with feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, irrational guilt, and a poor image of self. They also tend to have difficulty with concentration and memory and may experience intense thoughts about death or suicide.
A person with bipolar depression may also experience periods of insomnia or hypersomnia. They may have difficulty eating or may experience either a weight gain or weight loss. They may also experience an increase in physical pain while they are depressed. In addition, a person with depression may experience significant impairment in their ability to function in social, occupational, or school environments. Left untreated, bipolar depression can affect every aspect of a person’s life.
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If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms or problems, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.
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