Bipolar disorder – also called manic depression – affects countless Americans with a wide range of symptoms. For many people living with bipolar disorder, the pervasive feeling of having no real control of themselves and the frequent mood swings can drive them to drugs and alcohol for a false and fleeting sense of relief. The end result is often comorbid issues caused by both a dangerous addiction and the complications of bipolar disorder.
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Bipolar disorder gets its name from the way it makes people seemingly switch between emotional and energy highs and lows with little to no outward explanation. It is often recognizable by high-energy manic episodes followed by low-energy depressive episodes, and vice versa. Both forms of episodes can last days, weeks, or months. “In-between” episodes may feel rare.
Symptoms of a manic episode can include:
- Heightened anxiety
- Loss of impulse control
- Dramatic weight loss
Symptoms of a depressive episode can include:
- Feeling of guilt or hopelessness
- Uncontrolled sobbing
- Body aches
- Rapid weight gain
The mood swings and physical changes caused by bipolar disorder can be disorienting for the person with the mental health difficulty and their loved ones. Trying to become accustomed to the unusual changes can feel frustrating and exhausting. At emotional low points in either a manic episode or depressive episode, the temptation to use drugs or alcohol as a form of escapism can be severe, which is how so many people with bipolar disorders also become addicted to unsafe substances.
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