Bipolar disorder or manic-depressive illness is a serious brain disorder that results in strange shifts in mood, activity levels, energy and ability to perform daily tasks. The illness can have severe symptoms which are different from the routine ups and downs we face every day. Many of the symptoms result in poor school and job performance, damaged relationships, and even suicide. However, the disorder is treatable and people suffering from this illness can restart a healthy and productive life. The illness that usually co-exists with bipolar disorder is substance abuse. The reasons for this particular link are still unclear. Patients often attempt to treat their illness with drugs and alcohol.
Effects of Bipolar DisorderThe effects of this illness on a patient’s life can range from major disruption to minor disturbances. The severity of symptoms depends if the patient receives a precise diagnosis including recognition of co-occurring disorders. Some of the effects of bipolar disorder include:
- Poor school and job performance
- Damaged relationships
- Impulsive decisions leading to financial and legal consequences
- Self-harming behaviors and repetitive self-mutilation
- Suicide, in some extreme cases