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Bipolar

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E-mail: counselor@csmd.edu


LA PLATA CAMPUS

Ann Penick, MA, LCPC, NCC
Administration (AD) Building, Room 205
Phone: 301-934-7577
Email:  APenick@csmd.edu


LEONARDTOWN CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building A, Room 204E
Phone: 240-725-5328
Email:  jfossell@csmd.edu


PRINCE FREDERICK CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building B, Room 109B
Phone: 443-550-6169
Email: jfossell@csmd.edu

Dealing with bipolar can affect your ability to study, work, interact with others, or take care of yourself. Bipolar is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 17 and 22 years old. The good news is bipolar CAN be treated! 70 percent or more of people with bipolar respond well to medication that helps reduce the frequency and intensity of the manic episodes. With a combination of professional counseling and medication, most people can return to productive and fulfilling lives.

Definition

Bipolar used to be called Manic-Depressive Disorder. It is more than just the everyday ups and downs that most people experience. It is a medical condition in which a person experiences extreme highs (mania) and extreme lows (depression) over an unusually long lasting period of time. Someone with bipolar can experience a variety of mood patterns, including having mostly episodes of mania or mostly episodes of depression.  Another person may cycle rapidly between episodes of mania and depression. It is also possible for someone to be symptom-free for extended periods of time only to return over and over again to long-lasting episodes of mania and depression.

Symptoms of Bipolar

Mania: Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive symptoms can include: excessively “high,” euphoric mood, unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities and powers (such as being able to control world events), racing thoughts or fast speech; spending sprees; substance abuse (particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications); risky sexual behavior; and denial that anything is wrong. This behavior lasts over a period of time.

Depression: Symptoms can include being persistently sad, anxious, irritable, or feeling “empty.” Other symptoms can involve any or most of the following: loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, withdrawal from family and friends, serious trouble sleeping or sleeping way too much, feeling tired or rundown; significant change in appetite and/or weight, anger and rage, overreaction to criticism, difficulty thinking or making decisions, feeling restless or agitated, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, persistent physical symptoms (e.g. headaches, digestive problems, or chronic pain that remains unresponsive to routine medical treatment), substance abuse problems, and recurrent thoughts of suicide. This behavior lasts over a period of time.