Signs of Bipolar OCD

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A brain disorder, bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness or manic depression and affects up to two percent of adults aged eighteen and older.

With this brain disorder, people suffer from episodes of mania as well as depression, often affecting a person’s ability to function.  Also causing unusual changes in energy and mood, bipolar disorder is different from the normal highs and lows that most people go through.

It often disrupts daily functioning and affects activity levels, energy, behaviour, judgement and can also damage or destroy relationships. Most people have fleeting bad or good moods but with bipolar disorder, episodes often last anywhere from a few days to several months.  The four bipolar disorder signs include:

* Mania – Euphoria and heightened feelings of creativity and vitality are usual in the mania phase.  People often feel invincible, are hyperactive, and sleep very little.  People in the mania stage often spiral out of control and become aggressive, irritable, and angry or behave recklessly.
* Hypomania – A less destructive state than mania with milder symptoms, people in the state of hypomania may feel energetic, euphoric and productive but this often escalates into a major depressive episode or mania.
* Depression – Symptoms include feeling sad or hopeless; low energy; suicidal thoughts; memory problems and feelings of shame.
* Mixed Episode – Signs are both depression and mania; suicidal thoughts, agitation, and insomnia.

OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder is a well-documented anxiety disorder, often found along with bipolar.  OCD clinical research studies have measured the ratio of people diagnosed with both bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorders.  The results show that approximately thirty to thirty-five percent of patients have both.  Often referred to as the ‘disease of doubt’ because they cannot differentiate between what is possible, probable and unlikely to happen, obsessive-compulsive behaviour can interfere with a person’s life.
Obsessive behaviour includes unwanted impulses, ideas and illogical, intrusive thoughts.  Although the sufferer realizes his or her thoughts are irrational, there is a fear that bad things might just happen, which creates a lot of anxiety trying to avoid thinking that way.  With compulsions, an individual continuously repeats rituals or actions such as hoarding, counting, arranging, counting or hand washing.   Some people may open and close a door several times before going through it or put every piece of clothing in a plastic bag, so the items do not touch.   They worry that without doing this, something bad could occur.  Today, bipolar, OCD and other disorders are treatable.

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