What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a psychiatric disorder that causes sometimes very severe mood swings and substantial dips and lifts of energy. People suffering from Bipolar Disorder are more likely to suffer devastating blows to their relationships, their financial stability and physical wellbeing.

Bipolar Symptoms

There are several different states of being for someone with bipolar disorder. The person may experience. Mania, where the person is very up, may present like the patient is on a stimulant. Hypomania is a step below that. The person probably just feels like they have a bit more energy during a time of hypomania, and depression, which an vary in severity by person and situation.


In a manic episode someone might experience:

  • A sense of grandiose destiny
  • Rapid speech
  • Insomnia
  • Impaired judgment
  • Delusions of grandeur
  • Hallucinations
  • High energy
  • Irritability
  • Dangerous impulsivity


In a depressive episode someone might experience:

  • Low energy
  • Decreased activity
  • Sleep irregularity
  • Eating too much or too little
  • A sense of lethargy
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts


There are moments in some people’s experience with the mood disorder where they may experience an episode of “mixed emotions” where they have symptoms of both a depressive and a manic episode.

Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

People with Bipolar Disorder are more likely to become alcoholics and drug addicts and may have a harder time getting clean from an alcohol or drug addiction because the two disorders feed off of one another. It is imperative to treat dual diagnosis like this simultaneously for any success at recovery.

At FHE we offer mental health rehab at our alcohol detox centers in Florida. Neuro treatment for your bipolar disorder as well as other therapies with qualified medical and psychiatric professionals is a bipolar patient’s best foot forward toward sober living. Call us now to learn more abou tour alcohol treatment centers in Florida. (844) 299-0618

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