The symptoms of bipolar disorder often become obvious during the teen years. Extreme mood swings that are out of character, huge shifts in activity and energy levels, and the experience of manic episodes, depressive episodes and/or mixed episodes can all signify the need for treatment. If someone you love is living in Portsmouth, Virginia with signs of bipolar disorder, we can help you find treatment that will work for them. Call now to get started. See More: Norfolk, Va Listings.
Co-Occurring Disorders and Bipolar Disorders
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), it is extremely common for those living with bipolar disorder to struggle with a co-occurring disorder as well as mood episodes. Some of the most common include:
- Substance abuse. Many living with bipolar disorder attempt to “self-medicate” their symptoms by drinking and abusing drugs. Unfortunately, this often only serves to make the symptoms worse or more uncontrollable while adding the additional problem of drug dependence.
- Anxiety disorders. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and social phobias are extremely common among those diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
- ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is defined by symptoms that overlap with bipolar disorder, including restlessness and an inability to focus.
- Medical issues. Often issues of migraines, heart disease, obesity, thyroid disease, and/or diabetes are common among those diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Find Dual Diagnosis Treatment Today
Co-occurring disorders like the ones listed above can complicate the diagnosis of bipolar disorder and delay patients in getting effective mental health treatment. Finding the right treatment for you or someone you love is easy for those who live in Portsmouth, Virginia. Find out more about how we can help you enroll in the treatment you need by calling the phone number listed above today.