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How Bipolar Disorder Impacts Substance Use

Woman Receiving Treatment for Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Manic depression is one of the two components of bipolar disorder. This mental health condition involves a cycle of very highs, called mania, and very lows, called manic depression. When bipolar occurs, a person feels unable to control emotions, behaviors, and even quality of life that can lead to drug and alcohol abuse. There is help at our drug addiction treatment center. Our team at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers offers a comprehensive program aimed at helping you to get the balance back.

What Is Bipolar?

Bipolar is a mental health disorder with dramatic highs and lows. Many people will cycle through this over the span of weeks or even years. Initially, they may feel very sad and hopeless, lack any interest in life, and feel as though they have no purpose. Other times, a shift occurs to lead to mania, where they feel full of energy, euphoric, and very agitated.

This type of mood swing can impact virtually every part of a person’s life. It impacts what they do and how they feel. It impacts their ability to think clearly and to behave reasonably. It can impact energy as well as sleep. For these episodes to be manageable, some people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate. That can lead to even more complications and difficulty recognizing bipolar.

Symptoms of Manic Depression

How do you know you are in a manic-depressive state? In manic depression, a person is likely to have significant depression. It may impact school, work, and relationships, sometimes so much that they seem to remove themselves from daily life. Manic depression is likely if a person has some of these symptoms:

  • Feeling sad, including being tearful, expressing a loss of hope, feeling empty
  • A significant loss of interest in things that generally make them happy or no pleasure in most activities
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Fatigue and a loss of energy, simply being unable to participate
  • Trouble with concentration, decision making, and focus
  • Feeling worthless, guilty when there’s no reason to

In addition to this, this type of depression can also include thinking about or attempting suicide. There is an increased risk that a person will plan and try to commit suicide in many people with untreated bipolar.

Additional Risk Factors for Bipolar Disorder

Some people may have heightened risks for developing psychosis. They may feel anxious. They may feel the depression that stems from trauma.

For those who are using drugs and alcohol, it is common for a person to still feel depressed, but the use of stimulant drugs may mask it. Often, it may seem as though the drugs are creating these symptoms. Because of how misunderstood bipolar is, the warning signs are missed.

How to Get Help for Mental Health And Substance Addiction

Mental health treatment can aid in improving all of these symptoms. It can help to even out depression and mania by providing medications that aid in controlling these symptoms. In addition, mental health treatment can also provide people with real tools and strategies to control their negative thoughts and behaviors. For those who are ready to find their way forward, our team can help with programs like:

  • Men’s rehab program
  • Women’s rehab program
  • Day partial hospitalization programs
  • Day intensive outpatient program
  • Evening intensive outpatient program

Don’t Wait to Call Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers

If you are experiencing manic depression and mania, a diagnosis of bipolar may provide you with the best long-term treatment possible. Once you receive treatment for your mental health, you may feel more in control and capable of living the life you desire. Our team at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers wants to make that possible. Call 855.732.4842 or connect with us online to learn more about depression and the treatment for it.

Medical Reviewer Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.

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