Information on Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder is a specific illness that is classified as a mood disorder. World Health Organization statistics indicate that as of 2019 there were 40 million people living with Bipolar.
Major Depressive Disorder is sometimes referred to as uni-polar depression, AKA “one pole” depression. Bipolar Disorder was once referred to as bi-polar depression, or “two pole” depression because it can include downswings in mood that meet the criteria for Major Depression. But Bipolar Disorder also includes episodes of mania and hypomania as well. These manic and hypomanic symptoms can include euphoria, irritability, racing thoughts, impulsiveness, and a decreased need for sleep.
Suicide attempt rates for bipolar disorder are some of the highest for all mental illnesses, and are estimated to be as high as 50%. Bipolar also has extremely high suicide completion rates, which are around 15%.
There are some very good, well tested, and well tolerated medical treatments for Bipolar Disorder. Unfortunately, a false belief that kids under 18 can’t have Bipolar Disorder often makes it excessively difficult for children and families to find the care they need.
By becoming a member of CMHRC you gain access to our ever expanding resource library with videos, articles, and parent testimonials as well as access to our family support groups and professional development tools. With membership you’ll also have access to discounts on our mental health/community advocacy services where we support you in communicating with your child’s medical and mental healthcare providers to ensure they have the most accurate and up-to-date information so they can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.
Whether your a family member or a professional CMHRC’s membership resources will give you the information you need to be able to manage these disorders at home, at school, and in the community.