Many people who carry the bipolar diagnosis also carry something else – extra pounds – primarily due to the medications …Read the Rest
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Psychosis, aka Psychotic Features, is associated with the manic phase of bipolar I disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Other conditions where psychosis may be present include postpartum psychosis, dementia, depressive episodes, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The use of certain illegal drugs, including methamphetamine, can bring on psychotic episodes.
Successful bipolar disorder treatment typically requires a careful course of medication, psychotherapy, and discipline to stay on track–and avoid an emotional crash.
In bipolar or manic-depressive disorder, the inconsolable misery of major depression alternates with mania or uncontrolled elation. In the manic …Read the Rest
A lot of bad decision-making can happen during the manic phase. “It can ruin lives and relationships. There can be extreme irritability. You start yelling at strangers on the street. That’s often why they’re brought in by police, if they’re causing a big disturbance, if they get into a fight in a bar or something like that,” says Carrie Bearden.
While drug treatment is primary, ongoing psychotherapy is important to help patients understand and accept the personal and social disruptions of past episodes and better cope with future ones. In addition, since denial is often a problem, routine psychotherapy helps patients stay on their medications. (Patient compliance is particularly tricky in adolescence.) Almost all forms of psychotherapy can be used — cognitive, behavioral, or psychodynamic; individual, family, or group therapy.