Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder, also referred to as manic-depressive disorder, falls under the umbrella of mood disorders. Bipolar is one of the most common mood disorders linked with substance abuse. Unusual mood swings and shifts in energy and activity levels are the most common symptoms experienced with bipolar. People with bipolar disorder can go very quickly from feeling energized and optimistic to sad, hopeless or in despair. These shifts in moods are known as manic and depressive episodes.

Manic episodes include:

  • Feeling very up, elated, or a “natural high”
  • Feeling energetic
  • Feeling wired or jumpy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Quick thoughts, thinking they can do a lot of things at once
  • Uncharacteristic, risky behavior, such as reckless sex or frivolous spending of money

Depressive Episodes include:

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Sleeping too much
  • No joy in normal activities
  • Morbid thoughts of death or suicide
  • Feeling tired more than usual

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder and Addiction in Panama City

Someone with bipolar disorder may try to mask their feelings or cope through abusing substances. JourneyPure Emerald Coast specializes in the treatment of co-occurring disorders with our dual-diagnosis treatment platform. We provide evidence-based, fully integrated systems of care to help address, not only addiction, but the bipolar disorder as well. If you are looking for more information on bipolar disorder and addiction, we invite you to call us. We are happy to talk about what an individualized treatment plan could look like for you.

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