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Awareness of bipolar disorder symptoms results in quicker treatment

A woman suffered severe symptoms associated with her bipolar affective disorder or manic depression. She has had two bouts of mania but takes medication to suppress her symptoms. She believes her first manic episode may have been triggered by stress. She found she rarely slept, had lots of energy, racing thoughts was agitated and felt invincible. Her husband was able to receive treatment for her much quicker when the second manic episode began because he was more aware of the condition and its symptoms. She finds her medication Temazepan makes her take longer to get going in the mornings and she has put on weight because of increased hunger. She lost her job because of her mental illness. She has found that she has to work hard to build her self esteem. 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The depressive phase is usually followed by a manic episode often years later. Manic symptoms include rapid speech, frequent subject change, uninhibited manner, unable to sit still, unable to relax, makes spur of the moment decisions, takes reckless actions or spends money recklessly. The person suffering the manic episode is mostly unaware that their behaviour is not normal and believe that other people are being wrongly accusing.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Evening Chronicle

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About: Awareness of bipolar disorder symptoms results in quicker treatment

Date: 10 January 2005

Source: The Evening Chronicle

Author: Louise Redvers


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