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Living with Bipolar Disorder

Living with Bipolar Disorder is extremely difficult, whether you are the one diagnosed with the condition or it affects someone in your household. You should know that you are not alone, as 3 billion people in the United States are currently living with Bipolar Disorder. Because of this, there is a good chance that every one of us knows someone who has it.

Moods are a natural part of life, and we can be happy or sad at any given time. But when you have bipolar disorder, your moods will fluctuate with no rhyme or reason and can cause havoc in your work and personal life. Some people are frequently Depressed and feel down or very low most of the time, which contrasts with people who are in a continual Manic state, or an “elevated mood”. These types of moods are referred to as “Unipolar” moods, as only one mood is dominant.

In a Bipolar person, since “Bi” means “two”, there is a constant state of conflict as mood extremes will erratically change, sometimes without warning. Similar to Depression, a true Bipolar condition involves biological changes in the brain, which makes it treatable once it is discovered. However, Bipolar Disorder is difficult to diagnose. Some people struggle with it for years before they learn the underlying reason behind their mood swings, so they often have extended problems with their work or their interpersonal relationships.


This condition is characterized by four different types of mood:

  • Mania – lasts at least a week and is described as a very elevated state of mind
  • Hypomania – also lasts at least a week is but not quite as serious a Mania
  • Depression – duration of two weeks or more of extreme sadness
  • Mixed – alternating between these high and low states within a 24-hour period, or several days, sometimes occurring simultaneously

Mania may be evidenced by sudden and uncontrolled binge spending, going days without sleeping, or having boundless energy. A manic person may behave very irresponsibly and do irrational things on a whim. They may also suffer with delusions. Depression may also come with insomnia, but a person who is depressed will be lethargic, sad, sullen, and possibly become suicidal.

As Bipolar Disorder is a lifelong condition, getting help is critical to preserve the quality of life of someone who is bipolar. Medications are the first course of action, however, finding the right combination takes time and experimentation with drugs and dosages. Psychotherapy is also beneficial in teaching the bipolar person how to cope with the sometimes sudden and inexplicable mood changes they experience. Counseling is also often helpful to family members who are in direct contact with someone who is bipolar. An unfortunate side effect of Bipolar Disorder is abuse of drugs or alcohol as an attempt to self-medicate, which can worsen the symptoms.


Because bipolar is a combination of two opposing moods, euphoria and sadness, the correct combination of drugs and treatment is critical. Sometimes that combination creates unpleasant side effects, or the use of drugs is medically inadvisable. An excellent option in treating of Bipolar Depression Disorder is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. TMS has been proven to help treat Depression, with so much documented success in this area that has been approved by the FDA for this purpose. Using magnetic pulses to induce weak electric currents in specific portions of the brain, it has been found to be safe and effective in reducing symptoms of Depression and therefore can lessen the indicators of Bipolar Disorder.

If you or a loved one is suffering with the extreme highs and lows of Bipolar Disorder, we urge you contact us for information that can help you decide if Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a viable option for you.