Living with bipolar disorder requires strength, courage, determination, and adaptability. This condition will challenge and confuse you as you hang on through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. When you suffer from bipolar disorder, you are left searching for a state of equilibrium that seems to have permanently slipped away. Mania and depression alternate, which makes it impossible for you to gain a foothold in normalcy. The severity of the two stages can vary greatly among sufferers, but the pattern is inescapable. Unlike some forms of mental disorder, bipolar disorder never fades into the background. Bipolar symptoms are a 24-hour affair, and when the mania or bipolar depression recedes, its opposite rushes in to take over. Because bipolar disorder is a constant companion, it dominates its victims\u2019 waking hours. Under its influence, who you really are, or were, begins to seem like a distant memory. You find yourself trapped in a surreal landscape of consciousness. The person you see staring back at you when you look in the mirror may seem like a complete stranger or an imposter. Read on to learn more about what it is like to have bipolar disorder and how a mental health treatment center like Lucida Treatment can help you treat it. Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder During the mania stage, you may feel invincible, like you can conquer the world. At first, this may seem like a positive development, but as time goes along, the mania may deepen and intensify until you are no longer able to control your emotional responses or actions. No two episodes of mania are ever exactly alike, but there are a set of symptoms you would likely mention if asked to explain what the mania state feels like. These symptoms include: \tHyperactivity \tInsomnia \tRacing thoughts \tRapid or uncontrolled speech \tInability to focus or sit still \tAn exaggerated sense of self-importance \tIrritability \tVerbal or physical aggression \tImpulsivity and recklessness When you are deep inside a manic state you do not know what you will do or say next, and neither will your close friends or loved ones. Some bipolar sufferers exhibit a more muted version of this condition, known as hypomania. Here the usual symptoms are still present, but they are not as severe or life-altering. The pattern of highs and lows remains the same, however, and no one who experiences hypomania would describe it as a benign or harmless condition. Symptoms of Bipolar Depression While there is a clear overlap between the two conditions, bipolar depression is not the same as clinical depression. Bipolar depression is a more mercurial condition, with lesser ups and downs inside the depression bubble that partially mimic the overall mania-depression cycle. You can identify bipolar depressive states by the following symptoms: \tFeelings of emptiness \tLow motivation \tA chronic lack of energy \tPersistent guilt and shame \tChanges in sleep patterns \tMood swings \tIrritability \tDeep pessimism \tLow self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness \tSuicidal thoughts (or actions) Depression can manifest at a variety of intensity levels, but regardless of its depth bipolar depression is a troubling condition and a difficult condition to cope with and manage. Mixed Episodes: Trapped Between the Dark and the Light Bipolar disorder victims experience a mishmash of symptoms from depressive and manic states simultaneously. The usual categories are upended and authenticity becomes even more difficult to uncover. At first, it is hard to imagine that such a state of mind is possible. But if your encounter with bipolar disorder has included mixed episodes, you know this phenomenon is all too real. If conventional bipolar disorder is like riding a roller coaster, a mixed episode is more like wandering alone through an amusement park on a dark night, surrounded by disconnected fragments of sound, movement, and flashing lights wherever you turn. Treatment for Bipolar Disorder Can Make a Difference Nothing about living with bipolar disorder is easy. But fortunately, good treatment methods are available that can help bipolar victims find relief from their misery and confusion. If you or anyone you know is suffering from symptoms consistent with bipolar disorder, but you have never sought treatment, don\u2019t wait another moment. Make an appointment to see a mental health professional today at Lucida Treatment Center before the situation becomes worse. Call us at . Our professional staff is ready and able to help you.