Bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder,
which is also referred to as bipolar affective disorder or manic
depression, is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of
mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of
abnormally elevated energy levels, heightened cognition, and mood with
or without one or more depressive episodes. The elevated moods are
clinically referred to as mania or, if milder, hypomania.
The onset of full symptoms generally occurs in
late adolescence or young adulthood. Diagnosis is based on the person’s
self-reported experiences, as well as observed behavior by skilled
professionals. Episodes of abnormality are commonly associated with
physiological distress. Bipolar sufferers are at an elevated risk of
suicide, especially during depressive episodes. In some cases, bipolar
is long-lasting, harmful disorder. In others, it has also been
associated with creativity, goal striving, and positive achievements.
There is significant evidence to suggest that many people with creative
talents have also suffered from some form of bipolar disorder.
Genetic factors contribute substantially to the likelihood of
developing bipolar disorder, and environmental factors are also drawn
What the experts say:
“Bipolar disorder is often treated with mood
stabilizer medications, and sometimes, other psychiatric drugs. Drugs
can be one component that helps alleviate the strain of bipolar, but
medication alone without addressing the individual’s thinking
patters enflaming bipolar is like driving a car without wheels;
you’ll never get to the destination of happiness you
desire,” articulates Wayne Parrott.
Solutions at Fountainhead Retreat:
The most important message for you to
take away is that for the rest of your life you are in a stage of
learning, bipolar or not. The Fountainhead Method is not a quick fix
for bipolar. It is not just another technique in the already saturated
pile of self-help techniques. The Fountainhead Method is a process, a
learning process that requires commitment, study, comprehension,
acceptance and repetition. This commitment is a life commitment that
starts at a health retreat with a track record for helping thousands
through acute stress related illnesses. Bipolar is one of many.
Remember, a million kilometre journey always starts with the first
step. If you want to learn to live with bipolar in a healthier way and
live more of a stress-free life, there is consistent and careful work
to be done.
At Fountainhead, we show you how and guide you every step of the way.
The result? We help you begin to move towards understanding yourself
and your life without using a lens of blame or feelings of guilt. Come,
stay and learn our method; follow our plan, practice what you learn,
watch as you grow. You will quickly discover how your old way of
thinking that exacerbates your bipolar changes forever.