Bipolar Disorder and Suicidal Thoughts: Recognizing Risk and Seeking Help

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by extreme mood swings. These mood swings can range from manic highs, where a person may feel excessively energetic and impulsive, to depressive lows, where they may experience feelings of hopelessness and sadness. These mood fluctuations can also lead to intrusive thoughts, including thoughts about suicide. This is a serious and potentially life-threatening aspect of bipolar disorder. Bloom Health Center is dedicated to guiding individuals through these challenging times with compassionate care and specialized mental health treatment options.

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for immediate assistance in any emergency.

Understanding Bipolar Depression

Bipolar depression is a complex and serious mental health condition that goes beyond just feeling sad or down. It is characterized by intense and prolonged periods of deep sadness or hopelessness that can greatly disrupt an individual’s daily life. This type of depression is a common feature of bipolar disorder, a mood disorder that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and behavior. Recognizing this facet of bipolar disorder — including prolonged periods of low energy, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and feelings of worthlessness — is key to acknowledging the need for professional support. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you or a loved one is struggling with bipolar depression.

Recognizing Signs of Suicidal Thoughts

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Intrusive thoughts of suicide are a serious concern in bipolar disorder. One of the most concerning aspects of bipolar disorder is the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It’s estimated that 25-50% of individuals with bipolar disorder will attempt suicide at least once in their lifetime, and about 15% will die by suicide. Signs may include talking about death or suicide, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain, withdrawing from loved ones, or displaying extreme mood swings. It’s vital to take these signs seriously and seek immediate help. Additionally, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger of harming themselves, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for confidential and free support 24/7. You can also reach out to loved ones or trusted individuals for support and assistance in seeking help. 

Remember, it’s always okay to ask for help.

The Role of a Mental Health Treatment Center

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At Bloom Health Center, individuals with bipolar disorder can expect to receive individualized therapy sessions tailored to their specific needs. This may include cognitive-behavioral therapy,  which helps individuals recognize and change negative thought patterns and behaviors, or interpersonal therapy, which focuses on improving relationships and social support. In addition to therapy, medication management is a crucial component of treatment at mental health treatment centers. Trained professionals work closely with individuals to find the right combination of medications to help stabilize their moods and manage symptoms of bipolar disorder. This may include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, or antipsychotics.

Creating a Support System

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The first step in building a strong support system is maintaining open communication with healthcare providers. These professionals play a crucial role in managing bipolar disorder, and it is essential to establish a trusting and open relationship with them. Regular appointments with healthcare providers allow for monitoring of symptoms, adjustments to treatment plans, and access to any necessary resources or referrals. Educating loved ones about bipolar disorder and how to offer practical and emotional support is also crucial. However, they may not always know how to help effectively. By educating them about the disorder, its symptoms, and potential triggers, loved ones can better understand the challenges their loved ones face and learn how to offer support in meaningful ways.

If you or someone you know is struggling with bipolar disorder and experiencing suicidal thoughts, it’s important to recognize that you’re not alone. Bloom Health Center is here to provide the care and support you need to navigate these challenges. With a compassionate approach and a range of mental health treatment options, we’re committed to helping you find stability and hope.

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for immediate assistance in any emergency.

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