Programs I Dual DiagnosisI Treating The Coexisting Disorders

Bipolar disorder, which is also known by the term, manic depression, is treatable. Bipolar disorder is experienced by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. These changes in mood, or "mood swings," can last for hours, days or even weeks. In Kenya, we have many people suffering from bipolar disorder. In most cases, manic depression begins in late adolescence, often appearing as depression during teen years. Research has shown, that an equal number of men and women develop manic depression, with males usually beginning with a manic episode and females with depression. Bipolar disorder tends to run in families and there is no documented evidence there is a difference in culture, race, or religion.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Some people tend to classify bipolar disorder the same as depression, even though there are significant differences in the various illnesses. The depressive symptoms may be similar but the extreme highs and mood swings are what sets it apart. The mood swings can be severe and effect most areas of a person’s life similar to drug addiction and alcoholism. As a matter of fact, it is not unusual for a person to try and self medicate by taking drugs or drinking in an effort to manage the severity of the mood swings.

Mania – The High of Bipolar Disorder

  • Increased energy
  • Heightened mood, extreme self-confidence
  • Elevated irritability
  • Decreased sleep without fatigue
  • Grandiose thoughts, inflated sense of self-importance
  • Racing speech, and thoughts
  • Impulsiveness and poor judgment
  • Reckless behavior

Depression - The Low of Bipolar Disorder

  • Prolonged sadness with unexplained crying spells
  • Significant changes in appetite and sleep
  • Irritability, agitation, anxiety
  • Feeling of indifference
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to take pleasure in former interests
  • Unexplained aches and pains

Bipolar Disorder, Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

As stated earlier, it is not uncommon for people to turn to drugs and alcohol as a means to manage their extreme highs and lows. In most situations, this move towards the use of drugs or alcohol has more to do with the relief the drug use provides rather than a conscious decision that drug use will produce the desired results. When the individual couples the relief they feel with the feeling the substance provides, it is not long before the person with bipolar disorder now has an addiction to deal with. This is referred to as a dual diagnosis.

At this point the best treatment one can find is a drug rehab with the capability of treating the coexisting disorders. The best treatment results have been found by treating these disorders concurrently, beginning with a medical detox transitioning into residential addiction treatment. It is imperative the drug rehab has courses on medication management because as destructive as the highs and lows of a bipolar disorder have been, the person in early recovery will miss the highs and tend to discontinue their medication, which in turn results in a relapse into their drug addiction.

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