Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is described as a mental illness marked by extreme changes in mood and behaviour. Someone diagnosed with this disorder can experience difficulties in their relationships with family or friends. Abilify has been indicated for the treatment of certain episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

  • not requiring decent sleep
  • speaking too much or too fast
  • demonstrating impulsive behaviour, such inappropriate topics of conversation
  • lack of focus, being easily distracted
  • feeling self-important

Tests and Diagnosis

When testing for bipolar disorder, doctors usually do a number of tests and exams involving urine and blood tests, as well as mood charting and psychological evaluation.