Mental Health With Dr. Uchendu

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Today is World Mental Health Day, and it’s an opportunity to discuss Bipolar affective disorder.

Bipolar affective disorder, also known as bipolar disorder, is characterized by mood swings that include periods of mania (elevated mood) and depression (low mood). Here are some key features and symptoms associated with bipolar disorder:

  1. Manic Episodes:
  • Elevated or irritable mood
  • Increased energy and activity
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Racing thoughts
  • Impulsivity
  • Increased self-esteem or grandiosity
  • Risky behavior
  1. Hypomanic Episodes:

Similar to manic episodes but less severe.

May be less disruptive to daily life

  1. Depressive Episodes:
  • Persistent sadness or low mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts
  1. Mixed Episodes:

Simultaneous symptoms of mania and depression

High energy with a low mood

  1. Cyclical Pattern:

Recurrent episodes of mania, hypomania, and depression.

It’s important to note that bipolar disorder can vary in severity and presentation among individuals, and not everyone with the disorder will experience all of these symptoms. Diagnosis and treatment should be conducted by a qualified healthcare professional.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, it’s crucial to seek appropriate care from a qualified healthcare professional.

Novacrest Hospital Abuja offer valuable support and treatment options for individuals living with bipolar disorder. Remember, early intervention and proper management can significantly improve one’s quality of life.

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