Do Bipolar Patients Like Being Manic?
People suffering from bipolar depression experience manic highs. A recent study conducted at Lancaster University found some patients actually described these “highs” in a positive light. Specifically, patients reported benefits such as increased productivity, focus, and creativity, as well as having increased perceptual sensitivity. Some also reported tasks and responsibilities that normally seemed very difficult were easier to complete.
Unfortunately, these highs also come with intense lows. Because of these lows, bipolar disorder is typically identified with serious negative consequences for not only patients, but for their friends and family members as well. For those suffering from this disorder, relationships often become very unstable and long term rates of unemployment are very high. Additionally, there are increased rates of substance abuse as patients chose to self-medicate to ease the lows of the disorder. Even the highs can be accompanied with increased spending, difficulty sleeping, and poor judgment.
Although there are some recognizable benefits, the costs associated with untreated bipolar depression are considerable. It is very important for both patients and treatment providers to manage the negative effects as well as adopt behavioral techniques to maintain the benefits. Medication and psychotherapy can help patients with bipolar disorder achieve these goals in a healthy way. Additionally, treatment modalities such as deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) may help patients manage their bipolar symptoms. Upcoming clinical trials examining the role of dTMS in the treatment of bipolar depression will soon begin. Please contact AMHC for more information.
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