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Bipolar disorder treatment may help improve patient’s quality of life, says study
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Bipolar disorder treatment may help improve patient’s quality of life, says study

Individuals with bipolar I disorder have a significantly lower quality of life than healthy individuals, says a recent study. This association was found to be true regardless of the severity of the mental disorder. Bipolar disorder (BD) or manic-depressive disorder is a mental illness characterized by unusual highs and lows in mood, energy and activity levels.

The study, published recently in the “Journal of Affective Disorders,” was conducted on a sample of 60 individuals diagnosed with bipolar I disorder and 77 healthy individuals recruited from the community, to examine the extent to which resilience, internalized stigma and psychopathology were associated with quality of life. Correlated with resilience and internalized stigma in an individual, any change in the severity of bipolar symptoms did not alter the association between quality of life and bipolar disorder in any way.

The researchers used the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) and the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS) to quantify the symptoms of bipolar, whereas the internalized stigma was measured through the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness (ISMI) scale. The Berliner Lebensqualitätsprofil (BELP) and the Resilience Scale (RS-25) were used on both the patients and control subjects to measure the quality of life and resilience. The following conclusions were drawn after assessing the study sample:

  1. Individuals with very mild symptoms and low internalized stigma displayed signs of lower quality of life compared to healthy individuals.
  2. Quality of life was associated with resilience, internalized stigma and residual symptoms of depression.
  3. No noticeable correlation was observed between quality of life and residual manic symptoms.

Even while the study was limited to a small sample size with no reported side effects affecting one’s quality of life, the researchers concluded that offering an effective drug treatment and psychotherapeutic approaches could help strengthen resilience and reduce internalized stigma that would work to effectively improve one’s quality of life.

Bipolar disorder is treatable

People battling BD experience unusual and unpredictable changes in emotions. From feeling extremely elated and happy to awfully sad and low, bipolar can make an individual feel jumpy and wired at one point of time and worried and empty at the very next. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) bipolar disorder affects approximately 4.4 percent of the U.S. adult population at some point in their lives. Moreover, an equal number of both men (2.9 percent) and women (2.8 percent) were affected by the condition in 2016.

Bipolar disorder can affect any one, but it may affect men and women differently. Past research suggests that women with bipolar disorder are likely to experience mainly depressive episodes. Further, they are more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, signifying depression with some hypomania episodes. Therefore, seeking professional assistance for BD can help an individual manage the condition. In fact, it is advisable to seek help as living with such a debilitating condition tends to adversely affect one’s quality of life. Treatment for BD includes medications and psychotherapies.

If you know someone looking for bipolar disorder treatment centers for women that offer a customized and comprehensive, yet affordable treatment package, Sovereign Health can help. Call us at our 24/7 helpline to know more about our bipolar disorder treatment for women. You can also chat online with our admission counselor for complete information on mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and how to treat this and the others.

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