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What Causes Bipolar Disorder and How Can it Be Treated?

By December 14, 2017 No Comments

what-causes-bipolar-disorder-and-how-can-it-be-treated-lifeworksBipolar is a common disorder that affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. While many people think bipolar disorder is relatively rare, this is not the case. Approximately 2.6% of the U.S. population 18 and older suffer from bipolar disorder, making it a very common condition. There is an unfortunate stigma surrounding bipolar disorder which has made it difficult for many to openly talk about. Here at Lifeworks, it is our goal to offer support and treatment options for individuals suffering from a wide range of conditions, including bipolar disorder. Thankfully, bipolar disorder can be treated with medication, therapy, and even lifestyle changes.

Mental health experts note that the key to living a fulfilling life with bipolar disorder is to find a treatment that works for you, and stick to it. If bipolar disorder goes untreated, the condition can worsen and even cause longer, more frequent episodes. We encourage you to contact our Carrollton therapy center today to learn more about our approach to treating bipolar disorder. We understand every patient is different and believe in taking the time to find solutions and treatment options that will fit your needs.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is typically associated with mood swings that can range from extreme depression to manic highs. This is a chronic condition that can last for years or even a lifetime. While various treatments are quite effective in treating the disorder, there is no cure for the condition. Unfortunately, the exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but the following factors are considered to contribute to the likelihood of a person developing the condition:

  • Genetic factors
  • Neurotransmitter disturbances
  • Environmental factors
  • Altered brain structure
  • Stress and other triggers

While the majority of individuals with bipolar develop the condition because of the top two bullet points, stress and other triggers have recently sparked conversation amongst medical professionals as a potential cause.

Treating Bipolar Disorder

 As mentioned, bipolar disorder is a chronic condition that cannot be cured. However, medicine has come a long way over the years and there are now numerous effective treatment options that allow people to live a ‘normal’ life with bipolar. The unpredictable nature of bipolar disorder can be frustrating for many and wreak havoc on an individual’s relationships, professional career, and overall happiness. Individuals who do not seek treatment for their condition will most likely experience devastating ups and downs, including manic and depressive episodes that can make it almost impossible to lead a stable life. Some of the most effective ways to treat bipolar disorder include:

  • Medication (please note: medication alone is not a viable treatment option for bipolar disorder)
  • Therapy
  • A strong support system
  • Healthy lifestyle choices

Individuals who are aware of their triggers, seek help, communicate and connect with others, and make smart lifestyle choices have a much better chance of living successfully with bipolar disorder. To learn more about how our therapists treat bipolar or to schedule an appointment, please contact Lifeworks today.

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