Presently there is no cure for Bi-Polar Disorder. Therapeutic intervention however, has been very successful. Those suffering from bi-polar disorder regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives from proper treatment. Individuals undergoing treatment have reported less instances of mood swings, or at least their mood swings are not as long lasting and are more manageable as well as a brighter outlook overall than previously experienced. Families of these individuals also have noticed a 'difference' in their loved one. This 'difference' the families reported that they noticed more alertness, calmness and a decrease in apathy.
Bi-Polar disorder is an incurable illness that is characterized by mood swings of highs and lows. These highs are distinguished by euphoria with increased energy. For instance, inability to sleep and very energetic. Very happy and easy to get along with. Low moods are typically periods of decreased energy, depression, apathy, sleeping a very long time, always tried, and not feeling well. Individuals in this state often complain of physical pains such as, severe headaches and body pain. Further, individuals experiencing these lows are typically not easy to get along with. They are irritable, snappy, and argumentative.
Treating bi-polar disorder is not an easy task to undergo for either the therapist or the individual. Psychiatric treatment is often a hit and miss form of treatment. In essence the treatment entails a prescription for a medication for bi-polar disorder. Because not all medications have the same effect on each person the medication may need to adjusted or even changed periodically. This change or modification is necessary until the most effective dosage has been found with the least side effects.
Oftentimes, patients with bi-polar disorder and sometimes their families become easily frustrated when visit after visit there seems to be little if any change. They feel it 'is taking too long to fix the problem.' Unfortunately, as mentioned above there is no such thing as a one pill fits everyone solution.
Just like the little engine that very slowly climbed the big hill saying all the way "I think I can" so to must those with bi-polar say. The higher you climb the mountain of recovery the more your confidence will increase. With the crest reached you will be victorious and will know in your heart that you can and you did! The road to recovery is a long and often frustrating, confusing and lonely road to climb.
Yet, the benefits you will reap will all be worth your efforts. No, there is no definite cure for bi-polar disorder; there is no magic pill that will fix you. However, with counseling and if necessary, medicinal treatment you will be able to interact with your family as well as society. With therapeutic intervention you will be more able to deal with your life and everything in your life with a more level head.
Your role in your treatment for bi-polar disorder will be the most difficult task you will ever do in your life. It will even be more difficult than what your doctor will have to do for you. Your responsibility in your treatment is to be true to yourself. Sounds simple, right? Well, it is anything but.
Being true to yourself translates to being committed to your treatment. You must not back out. Understandably you will be scared, yet you must be honest with yourself and your treatment team. You must understand that treating bi-polar disorder takes time. It takes trial and error.
Understand and accept in your heart that your bi0polar is not your fault. You are not a bad person. You have done nothing wrong and you do not deserve to feel the way you do. You are a good person who has a right to feel good about yourself. Good about life, with hopes and dreams. Reach out, ask for help. Accept that you deserve it!