Ways of Bipolar Disorder

Episodes of mania and depression typically recur throughout a person’s lifetime. Between the episodes, most people with Bipolar Disorder are to some degree free of symptoms. It is estimated 33% of the people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder display residual symptoms, and about 1% experience chronic unremitting symptoms despite treatment…those numbers have probably increased since the last time I researched this.

The good news is that people with Bipolar Disorder can and do lead healthy and productive lives when the illness is effectively treated. The bad news is that without treatment, the effects of Bipolar Disorder will generally worsen. Over time the patient may suffer more frequent (rapid-cycling) and severe manic (hypomanic) and depressive (major-depressive) episodes than those experienced when the illness first appeared.  In most cases, proper treatment can help reduce the frequency and severity of episodes and can help people with bipolar disorder maintain good quality of life.