No matter how much develop we become, people still have a stigma associated with mental illness and mental disorders. Bipolar disorder is one of such mental disorders that have a stigma associated with it. Because of which many patients never get help. However, the rise in teletherapy has made such patient’s life easy. Now you can talk to any online behavioral therapist that can recognize your mental disorder in the privacy of your room. Not only this, but affordable online counseling is also an achievement of telehealth.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder. It is one of the prevalent disorders like depression. Bipolar patients have dramatic polarized mood swings, changes in energy, and functionality. In serious cases, it is also referred to as a manic depression. It can prove fatal in some cases.
There is a misconception among people about many mental disorders. Bipolar is one such disorder. People think of bipolar people as someone who has a sudden mood change. But this is not all. These types of misconception not only keep people unaware of their own condition but they also prevent many people from getting help. Therefore, we must not make any misconception on the basis of shallow definitions. Instead learning and helping people in understanding mental illness is a better option.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder
Bipolar patients experience two types of symptoms – manic symptoms and the polar opposite of manic, depressive symptoms. Manic symptoms are excessive energy levels, feeling of extreme elation, insomnia, racing thoughts, and excessive risk-taking. Depressive symptoms that are the polar opposite of manic symptoms are feeling of hopelessness, extremely low energy levels, too much sleep, eating disorders, fatigue and others. These depressive symptoms sometimes involve suicidal ideation which may put a patient at life risk.
The timing of these swinging symptoms differs for different patients. In some cases, they last for few days and in some for few weeks or longer than that.
How teletherapy helps bipolar patients?
There is a vast scope for telehealth in dealing with bipolar disorder. Telehealth allows safe, secure, and private treatment for bipolar disorder. Many patients struggle with bipolar disorder in silence. They do not tell others because of the stigma surrounding the disorder. This lonely struggle sometimes proves fatal for the patient.
Using telehealth, patients can not only talk to therapists and recognize symptoms of bipolar disorder but they can also take online treatment and prescription. This way patients can receive safe and secure treatment. It eliminates their encounter with other people which consequently eliminates the shame and stigma associated with it.
Bipolar disorder is not something alien nor are the patients that suffer from this. We need to change our view regarding mental illness and stop shaming people for their condition. Also, bipolar disorder is not only a sudden mood change but much more than that. However, there is not test like a blood test for bipolar disorder. Only a therapist can recognize it by talking to the patient. Telehealth helps patients in this scenario. Using telehealth, patients can talk to online behavioral therapists. Not only this telehealth also provides online treatment for bipolar disorder through affordable online counseling. Therefore, telehealth is becoming an important part of treating mental disorders like bipolar disorder. It has proved a boon for mental patients.