Nurse’s Notes–Bipolar depression a silent foe

Hi dear readers,

Its been a while since I have posted to my column, Nurses Notes by Renee Sonnen RN. I have been dealing with a dear loved one that suffers from Bipolar depression. Bipolar depression takes a person and turns them into an unpredictable person that at times is not known even to the persons closest family and friends. Therapy and medication seem to be the most reasonable solution, but trying to find a medication cocktail that works is a job in itself.

Bipolar depression is defined as “is a lifelong, or chronic, illness. It’s a condition that affects the brain in a way that can cause extreme mood swings that vary in length. People with bipolar disorder can go from mania (the “highs”)—feeling euphoric or revved up and irritable—to depression (the “lows”)—feeling down or hopeless. These highs and lows are called “episodes.”

Bipolar depression almost goes hand in hand with other forms of addictions. Sex, drugs, alcohol, risky behavior, and self-harm. Dealing with a family member that has bipolar depression includes waves of love, guilt, fear, happiness, loneliness, anger, hate, crying, praying, and feeling of numbness when all this fails. I personally have felt the only survival I have is to cling to my faith and try my best to place all this in God’s hands. Medications, courts, doctors and family are the base of this illness with God being the glue that can hold a family together during times like this.

Bipolar depression IS manageable but only with the assistance of professionals that can support the person with the illness, the family and all the loved ones that care for the one inflicted.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and always know that the one that has the illness is really trying their best to overcome all these feelings even when it does not seem like it. Love, faith, medications and doctors are the only way to overcome this quiet disease that people refuse to acknowledge as a disease. Bipolar depression is not just a few moments of sadness. Bipolar depression is a serious illness that hinders the victim, the family and the future of all involved. Below is the phone number for the Center for Mental Health Services and the listed phone numbers that can place you in contact with assistance and answers to any questions you may have. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Do it for yourself and more so for your loved one. I love my bipolar depressed person with all my life and will do whatever it takes to help and save them. Please do the same if you even consider the possibility that you have a loved one that is suffering from bipolar depression.

Mental Health Services

 (210) 261-1250

The road to wellness is built on a partnership with the people we serve. The Center for Health Care Services Adult Behavioral Health Division offers comprehensive services in four clinics located throughout the city, including:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Medical follow-ups and management
  • Wellness counseling and education
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Case management
  • And other services to support each person’s goals for recovery

Our team helps people with mental health challenges find hope, determine their path to wellness, and find their way to an independent, productive life.

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