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Bipolar Disorder 101

Bipolar disorder is characterized by repeating cycles of mania and depression. Men describe it as having extreme highs and lows that impacts both their feelings and behaviours. The symptoms are very treatable.

Bipolar Disorder in Men

It’s normal for men to experience a range of moods, some days feeling elated and others feeling morose. Men with bipolar disorder, however, will experience recurring episodes between feeling exceedingly energized and profoundly depressed. Since men tend to suppress their emotions to exhibit self-control, the symptoms of bipolar disorder can be hidden, especially from loved ones.

The intense ups and downs of bipolar disorder can lead to dangerous behaviours that have severe impacts on a guy’s life. So how do men, who are likely to suppress their feelings rather than acknowledge the internal war they’re facing, know when they’re experiencing bipolar disorder? Guys experience the highs as being on top of the world and invincible, which leads to the use of illegal substances and risky behaviour. The lows appear as debilitating depression and potentially suicidal thoughts.

Some guys can experience both depression and mania at the same time, which can be especially confusing. In collaboration with a psychiatrist, our counselling and coaching services can help you manage your symptoms and help you move on with your life.

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

The symptoms and number of bipolar episodes a guy can experience will vary, but depressed episodes will last at least two weeks, and manic episodes can last for days or weeks. Men can experience both depression and mania at the same time, resulting in feeling both low and full of energy. Here’s what bipolar disorder can feel like:

01 Depression symptoms

  • Deep sadness
  • Loss of energy
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Suicidal thoughts

02 Mania symptoms

  • Excited, impulsive
  • Increased sex drive
  • Engage in risky behaviours
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Talking fast, racing
  • Overconfidence in one's ability

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Treating Bipolar Disorder

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are treatable. To help you manage it, we’ll first investigate its root cause, which might be due to genetics, brain chemical imbalances, hormonal problems, or environmental factors like stress or trauma. Then using a combination of counselling and coaching, we’ll work together to diagnose your issue and move forward with a plan of action and a set of tools that you can take away and implement in the real world to win at life more often.

2.8 %

2.8 percent of U.S. adults - or about 5 million people - have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

- Healthline

25 yrs

The average age when people with bipolar disorder begin to show symptoms is 25 years old.

- Healthline

2/3

More than two-thirds of people with bipolar disorder have at least one close relative with the illness.

- National Institute of Mental Health

80/90 %

80 to 90 percent of people who seek help for depression are treated successfully.

- TADS Study

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