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People with bipolar disorders have extreme and intense emotional states that

Every person is a unique individual so we work to find the best dosage of medication that will result in reduced symptoms without such side effects as over sedation, sexual side effects, and fogginess. We want to minimize symptoms, but never at the expense of the resident’s well-being.Results demonstrate recovery progress on many different domains of wellness in addition to symptom reduction, including gains in functioning, emotional well-being, sense of purpose and hopefulness.

It typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. It is often not recognized as an illness and people who have it may suffer needlessly for years.

If left untreated, bipolar disorder usually worsens. However, with a good treatment plan including medications, a healthy lifestyle, a regular schedule and early identification of symptoms, many people live well with the condition.Learn how you can help replace stigma with hope.

 To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a must have experienced at least one episode of mania or hypomania. Hypomania is a milder form of mania that doesn’t include psychotic episodes. People with hypomania can often function well in social situations or at work. Some people with bipolar disorder will have episodes of mania or hypomania many times throughout their life others may experience them only rarely.Keep up with NAMI news and events, or take the next step and become a member.

A naturalistic study from first admission for mania or mixed episode (representing the hospitalized and therefore most severe cases) found that 50 percent achieved syndromal recovery (no longer meeting criteria for the diagnosis) within six weeks and 98 percent within two years. Within two years, 72 percent achieved symptomatic recovery (no symptoms at all) and 43 percent achieved functional recovery (regaining of prior occupational and residential status). However, 40 percent went on to experience a new ep

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