Bipolar, also known as manic depression, affects mood and energy levels. Symptoms of bipolar include manic states of ecstatic nature, and depressive states of severe hopelessness. Extreme irritability, restlessness, and irregular sleep patterns are all signs of bipolar.

While periods of productivity and joyousness can occur, extreme swings in mood are prevalent, possibly leading to relationship issues, substance abuse, or social impairments evident in work or school.

Common Symptoms of Bipolar

• euphoria
• over-excitement
• severe sadness
• irritability
• restlessness
• irregular sleep patterns
• risky behavior
• poor performance at work or school
• poor judgment


The cause of bipolar seems to be somewhat hereditary, with environmental and experiential factors taking part as well. Bipolar also seems to be the result of hormonal imbalance.


Treatment for bipolar diminishes the severity and frequency of episodes. Medication can prove helpful, but working closely and openly with a therapist is imperative. A therapist can help redirect harmful thought patterns, establishing positive behaviors in their place.

We Can Help

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. They can aid in treating bipolar, helping clients to recognize triggers and form beneficial interpersonal skills.

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