Individuals who struggle with shifting mood often need support coping with the constant movement between high and low emotional states. Individuals struggling with Bipolar symptoms can encounter periods of intense manic presentation, driving them to angry or aggressive responses, dangerous behavior, and difficulty sleeping. Similarly, they can also experience periods of intense lows, resulting in a depressed mood that occurs as isolation, decreased or increased appetite, difficulty regulating sleep, and limited engagement with daily life tasks.
Who Struggles with Bipolar
- An estimated 2.8% of U.S. adults had bipolar disorder in the past year.
- Past year prevalence of bipolar disorder among adults was similar for males (2.9%) and females (2.8%).
- Of adults with bipolar disorder in the past year, degree of impairment ranged from moderate to serious
- An estimated 82.9% of people with bipolar disorder had serious impairment, the highest percent serious impairment among mood disorders.
- An estimated 17.1% had moderate impairment.
How Therapy Helps
Individuals who work to manage bipolar symptoms often do so in balance with medication, as the chemical imbalances that cause Bipolar symptoms can be partially mitigated with appropriate prescriptions. Working with a therapist can help individuals address their perspective in maintaining healthy patterns in life and relationships, and provide a safe space to process difficulty coping with the highest highs and lowest lows.