Bipolar disorder is often drastically misunderstood. It doesn’t help that news outlets often point to bipolar disorder as the cause for someone to go on a shooting rampage. In actuality, most people seeking mental health treatment with this disorder never exhibit violent tendencies. many people who seek addiction treatment, however, have an underlying mental health condition like bipolar disorder. In fact, this is one of the most common in dual diagnosis. Let’s take some time today to help clear up some of the mystery that surrounds this common mental health concern. During COVID-19, it is especially important to check in on people if they show signs of bipolar disorder. Contact Viewpoint Dual Recovery today to get help.
A Disorder of Extremes
Bipolar disorder is caused by an imbalance of the chemicals in your brain that control moods. As the chemicals attempt to balance, the individual with bipolar disorder will feel extremely happy one day and completely depressed the next. With some people, these mood swings can happen several times a week. The high moods are referred to as mania. During this state, the individual is very up. They may feel they are invincible and they may over-indulge in things such as spending money or having sex. Some people can go with very little sleep during these periods. Once this state ends, however, the person experiences a drastic crash. They may feel deeply depressed, not want to get out of bed or eat. The person may forget about the good they felt during the up state and may feel that nothing will ever be happy again. That is until mania hits again. For some people, there is a third state referred to as a “mixed state”. While in this state, the individual feels the depression of the down mood and the agitation of the up mood. It is during this stage that the individual can be in the most danger.
Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
Trying to even out their moods often gets a person to start taking drugs or consuming alcohol. They may be trying to alleviate depression or they are experiencing the invincible, no restriction feelings that come with mania. Whatever symptoms they are trying to control, it eventually takes more and more of the substance to do so. Eventually, addiction is added to their problems. This is where dual diagnosis treatment is needed in order to address both the addiction and bipolar disorder. The drugs or alcohol also affect the parts of the brain responsible for moods, so the brain is getting information from two sources, both unable to effectively function. Chaos becomes the main state of mind.
Mental health treatment for bipolar disorder often involves medication that must be taken for the rest of your life. The medication helps to balance the brain chemicals to prevent extreme mood swings. While many people are afraid that the medication will prevent them from experiencing feelings at all, this is not the case. The medication will allow you to feel both good and bad feelings, just not to the point where you are overwhelmed. Medication-assisted treatment is one option for treating mental health and addiction concerns. Once your mood is stabilized, you can then work on developing coping skills that are healthier and more productive. Without the constant extremes, you will find yourself in a happier, more peaceful state of mind.
Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center
Reaching out to us at 855.746.3633 will help start you on the wonderful journey to a happier life. Whether you are seeking help from Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center for an addiction, a mental health disorder, or both, you will find we understand you. Our individualized treatment programs are designed to make the most of your strengths and help you discover ways to meet your mental health needs in a positive way. Life shouldn’t always be difficult. Let us help you discover the tools to make it easier. Contact us today by calling 855.746.3633.