Bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder, which is also referred to as bipolar affective disorder or manic depression, is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, heightened cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes. The elevated moods are clinically referred to as mania or, if milder, hypomania.
The onset of full symptoms generally occurs in late adolescence or young adulthood. Diagnosis is based on the person’s self-reported experiences, as well as observed behavior by skilled professionals. Episodes of abnormality are commonly associated with physiological distress. Bipolar sufferers are at an elevated risk of suicide, especially during depressive episodes. In some cases, bipolar is long-lasting, harmful disorder.
In others, it has also been associated with creativity, goal striving, and positive achievements. There is significant evidence to suggest that many people with creative talents have also suffered from some form of bipolar disorder. Genetic factors contribute substantially to the likelihood of developing bipolar disorder, and environmental factors are also drawn in.
What the experts say:
“Bipolar disorder is often treated with mood stabilizer medications, and sometimes, other psychiatric drugs. Drugs can be one component that helps alleviate the strain of bipolar, but medication alone without addressing the individual’s thinking patterns enflaming bipolar is like driving a car without wheels; you’ll never get to the destination of happiness you desire,” articulates Wayne Parrott.
Solutions at Fountainhead Retreat:
The most important message for you to take away is that for the rest of your life you are in a stage of learning, bipolar or not. The Fountainhead Method is not a quick fix for bipolar. It is not just another technique in the already saturated pile of self-help techniques. The Fountainhead Method is a process, a learning process that requires commitment, study, comprehension, acceptance and repetition. This commitment is a life commitment that starts at a health retreat with a track record for helping thousands through acute stress related illnesses. Bipolar is one of many.
Remember, a million kilometre journey always starts with the first step. If you want to learn to live with bipolar in a healthier way and live more of a stress-free life, there is consistent and careful work to be done.
At Fountainhead, we show you how and guide you every step of the way. The result? We help you begin to move towards understanding yourself and your life without using a lens of blame or feelings of guilt. Come, stay and learn our method; follow our plan, practice what you learn, watch as you grow. You will quickly discover how your old way of thinking that exacerbates your bipolar changes forever.