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Living a happy and fulfilling life with bipolar disorder is a definite possibility. AKUA Mind & Body is here to help! We utilize a blended therapy approach to treat the whole person, taking mental and social factors into consideration, rather than treating just the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Our treatment program provides clients with the tools needed to effectively manage the extreme highs and lows of this mental health condition. Bipolar disorder is commonly referred to as “manic depression”, because individuals experience very high moods (mania) and very low moods (depression). Bipolar disorder is a punctuated disorder rather than a cyclical disorder, and many individuals can act and feel completely normal in between depressive and manic episodes.
Bipolar disorder symptoms
Bipolar disorder symptoms can be broken down into Manic symptoms and Depressive symptoms.
Manic symptoms include the following:
- Racing thoughts/flight of ideas: rapid speech that changes focus from moment to moment based on association, distractions, or plays on words.
- Irresponsibility and erratic behavior
- Grandiosity or overconfidence
- Increased activity associated with weight loss and sexual libido
- Decreased sleep
- Pressured speech
Severe mania can involve psychosis, which is characterized by hallucinations or delusions. Hallucinations can cause an individual to see, hear, or feel things that are not there, and delusions are distorted thoughts that cause individuals to believe that certain things are true when they are not.
Depressive symptoms include the following:
- Decreased energy
- Changes in weight and appetite
- Changes in sleep
- Difficulty concentrating, thinking or making decisions
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feelings of guilt
- Psychomotor agitation: feelings of restlessness, tremors and meaningless movements
AKUA Mind & Body Treatment Program
AKUA Mind and Body utilizes a blend of holistic approaches combined with evidence-based treatment and medication assistance to help individuals who have been affected by bipolar disorder. This treatment approach allows clients to recognize their underlying triggers and then provides guidance to develop healthy coping skills.