Are you struggling with the highs and lows?
At times you have so much energy and need very little sleep, you are so happy and elated and see yourself being invincible and believe you can do just about anything! Other times you struggle to get out of bed, become so overwhelmed and withdrawn.
If you know how this feels, you may be experiencing Bipolar Affective Disorder(BAD) also known as Manic depression.
What is Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD)?
Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD) is characterised by high intense feelings of happiness to extreme lows of depression. These mood swings can last from a few days at a time to weeks and in some instances even months.
If untreated, you will continue having that feeling of being on a Rollercoaster ride. BAD ‘high’s are likely to result in you becoming impulsive and making rushed decisions often regretting them afterwards. BAD ‘low’s on the other hand, are likely to result in you becoming so overwhelmed that you may not see a way out and even consider taking your own life.
One in 100 Australians will experience bipolar affective disorder in their lifetime1. Call 9328 3636 to make a time to see one of our Psychologists.
Developing The Right Treatment Plan for you
At Vida Psychology we know how you feel. With over 17 years of experience treating Bipolar Affective Disorder, we know how important is to take the time to listen how the ‘Highs’ and ‘Lows’ impact you. This empathic listening enables us to gain a deeper understanding of the origins of your Bipolar Affective Disorder, triggers, patterns and barriers keeping you stuck. This then assists us in developing a tailored treatment plan especially written for you.
Reference: Slade T. Johnson, A., Oakley Browne, M.A., Andrews, G., & Whiteford, H. (2009). 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: methods and key findings. Australasian Psychiatry, 43(7), 594-605.