What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder characterised by extreme mood swings. It is also known as manic-depressive illness or manic depression.

Risk Factors of Bipolar Disorder

  • Emotional disturbance due to sudden death of loved ones or similar trauma.
  • Anxiety and stress.
  • Inherited through genes.
  • Alcohol or drug addiction.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterised by episodes of manic and depressive symptoms.

Manic Symptoms

  • Long periods of feeling excited or happy.
  • Easily irritable and distracted.
  • Increased talkativeness.
  • Restlessness and lack of sleep.
  • Wandering thoughts.
  • Delusion and hallucinations.
  • Planning to reach unattainable goals.

Depressive Symptoms

  • Feeling sad, empty, lonely and hopeless.
  • Lack of interest in day to day activities.
  • Sleep disturbance.
  • Suicidal tendency.
  • Lack of energy and easy fatigability.
  • Unable to concentrate.
  • Feeling worthless.

Management of Bipolar Disorder

  • You may need to take both medication and psychotherapy.
  • Stop smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. If you are unable to withdraw on your own, seek medical help or approach a de-addiction centre.
  • Develop a good friends and family circle.
  • Try to get enough timely sleep.
  • Workout daily.
  • Meditation and pranayama have great influence.

Various Ayurvedic herbs and treatment procedures can help you. The selection of the drugs depends on the phase of bipolar. Hence, you need to take medicines under an Ayurvedic physician guidance.

Herbs like Brahmi, Vacha, Jatamansi, Yashtimadhu, Ashwagandha, Kushmanda rasayana, Drakshadi lehyam, Kalyanaka ghrita, Panchagavya ghrita, Manasamitra vati, etc are very beneficial.

Additional Reading:

Bipolar Disorder – An Overview

Bipolar Disorder Impairs Cognitive Function of the Brain

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