Each year on March 30th World Bipolar Day is celebrated as a worldwide day of awareness for this common mental health disorder. The goal of this day is to create a platform for open discussion, education, and social sensitivity about the disorder. Founded by the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), and the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), World Bipolar Day hopes to inspire a shift in the global thinking about the disorder, promoting acceptance and eliminating social stigma about the disorder. Bipolar disorder and depression are linked. If you're suffering from either, please call Legacy and ask about our depression therapy in Charlotte, NC.
What Is Bipolar Disorder (BPD)?
BPD is a brain disorder that interferes with a person's ability to carry out daily living tasks and causes mood swings, fluctuations in activity, and inconsistent levels of energy. Around the globe, the World Health Organization estimates that anywhere from one to two percent of the population to as high as five percent is living with BPD.
Signs and Symptoms of BPD
Like many other mental health conditions, there are several types of bipolar disorders. The symptoms of BPD can be unpredictable and make daily living difficult and stressful. Those with BPD often cycle between manic and depressive episodes. The symptoms of each are vastly different. They include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Loss of energy
- Inability to concentrate or make a decision
- Depressed mood
- Unable to derive pleasure from almost all activities
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Racing thoughts
- Easily distracted
- Abnormally upbeat
While these symptoms may not appear all at one time and not everyone with BPD will experience every symptom, knowing what the characteristic traits of bipolar disorder are can help you or a loved one get the mental health help they need. BPD commonly occurs alongside other conditions like substance abuse, ADHD, eating disorders, physical health problems related to eating disorders, and anxiety disorders.
What Causes BPD?
The exact cause is not yet known, but researchers believe that genetics play an important role in whether you will develop BPD. If you have a first-degree relative like a parent or sibling with BPD, the likelihood that you may have the condition is increased. People with BPD have differences in their brains that may help pinpoint the cause of the disorder in the future.
Bipolar disorder is an entirely treatable mental health condition. The expert staff at Legacy Freedom has helped thousands of clients learn positive ways to cope with their BPD. We are proud to help bring awareness to this disorder and to work with both clients and their families to increase the knowledge and understanding of this mental illness. By empowering people through education and therapeutic interactions, we can help erase the stigma surrounding BPD.
Affordable Outpatient Depression Therapy In Charlotte, NC
The approach to mental health care with the staff of Legacy Freedom of Charlotte is unique. By combining traditional talk therapy and alternative therapies, we offer our clients a holistic approach to mental health care. Focusing on you, not just your mental illness, lets us treat the whole person. Getting to the root of your mental health concerns and any co-occurring disorders helps us identify new positive coping methods for you and which alternative treatments may be the most successful. With more than ten different alternative therapies available, our staff can customize the right care plan for you.
Learn more about our alternative therapies and holistic approach to mental health care on our blog. Don't let the misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental illness keep you from getting the care and treatment you deserve. Call or click to connect with our care team today and begin healing with our affordable depression therapy in Charlotte, NC!