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Untreated Bipolar Disorder and Recovery

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Accomplishment is possible for those with untreated bipolar disorder  —  the illness characterized by continuous cycling moods ranging from deep depression to extreme delusion and unusual euphoria. Some might even turn out to be noteworthy success stories. They are generally ticking time bombs, however.

Certain famous people are prime examples of success stories gone south. Moreover, on television and all too common on social media  —  portrayed by polished photographs and selfies  —  resides the illusion of happiness in countless individuals. In most cases, onlookers can sense that something is wrong.

A Common Scenario

Sufferers of the illness can make impressive leaps in talent development, education, and occupation. All the while, something is wrong. Instead of a prospective success story, a persistent fog of depression and despair surrounds them  —  followed by short-lived, unexplainable confidence.

Accompanied by mood swings is typically a destructive lifestyle. Untreated, painful bouts of depression can drive alcoholism, which leads to other consequential behavior. Depression need not be present for alcohol abuse to dominate, however. Despite many noteworthy accomplishments, eventually the untreated mentally ill hit bottom.

Contributing Factors

While scientists aren't totally sure how bipolar disorder is caused, there are factors common among sufferers. Unstable upbringing, genetic inheritance, unresolved physical health issues, chronic sleep deprivation, bad diet, and alcohol and drug abuse are common.

After the first manic episode and hospitalization, where diagnosis commonly occurs, treatment is sometimes not continued which can make the situation worse. Various trouble with the law, broken relationships, lost employment, lack of confidence and low self-esteem typically set the tone for years following the denial of a doctor's diagnosis.

Mending

It's possible to bounce back after years of neglecting treatment. It's not done overnight, however. Months of adjusting to routine and diet changes are generally necessary, aside from working with physicians to find a regimen of medication suitable for the patient. Counseling is also recommended.

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Since physical health problems are inhibitors of progress, dealing with them should also be done. For example, a person suffering from chronic tonsilitis would have a harder time in recovery than a person who is relatively healthy. If tonsil removal is feasible for the bipolar sufferer, it would help recovery.

The single most important prerequisite to healing other than dealing with physical health issues is mitigating sleep deprivation. Losing sleep can cause even healthy people to become sick in various ways — including inflicting mental health issues. If it can happen to healthy people, it can certainly inhibit unhealthy people from improving.

Back from the Dead

It's possible for a bipolar sufferer to bounce back after neglecting recovery. Start with mitigating the obvious  —  physical problems, sleep deprivation, and bad diet.

Moreover, seek treatment and be patient. Trained professionals can help unravel psychological factors contributing to the illness and prescribe medication where needed.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2022 Dan Martino

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