Many individuals struggling with substance abuse disorder are also dealing with mental illness, including bipolar disorder (once known as manic depression). Bipolar disorder is a disabling brain disorder known for its manic (high energy) and depressive (low energy) episodes. These episodes can last for days, weeks or months – and, in rare cases, years. If left untreated, the result is often suicide.

Bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose, however. Nearly 70 percent of individuals with the condition receive at least one incorrect diagnosis (often major depression) before they are correctly diagnosed, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. This is partly because the symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary from person to person and people with bipolar disorder may not recognize or report all of their symptoms.

Symptoms of Mania: Bipolar Disorder “Highs”

  • Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
  • Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
  • Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue
  • Grandiose thoughts, inflated sense of self-importance
  • Racing speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas
  • Impulsiveness, poor judgment, easily distracted
  • Reckless behavior
  • Impulsive gambling
  • Uncontrolled spending
  • Sexual compulsion
  • Delusions and hallucinations

Symptoms of Depression: Bipolar Disorder “Lows”

  • Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying
  • Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
  • Pessimism, indifference
  • Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
  • Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
  • Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

Get Bipolar Treatment in Southern California

If you or someone you love is showing any of the symptoms of bipolar disorder, 10 Acre Ranch can offer you hope. Our experienced specialists work with clients to develop individualized treatment plans that allow you to better manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder. This includes learning how to identifying any stressors that trigger mood instability and to adhere to medication and/or lifestyle changes like proper diet and exercise. With the right bipolar treatment, you can live a happy and productive life – and we’re here to help you get started. To learn more about our affordable programs and beautiful California facility, call today: 877-228-4679.