Bipolar disorder is a life altering mental health condition that affects many adults, children, and even teenagers. If you are caring for a loved one that has bipolar disorder, or if you are living with mental health complications of bipolar disorder yourself, it is important to understand the sub-classifications of this mental health disorder - including the realm of rapid cycling.
In the treatment of bipolar disorder one of the aspects of your mental health diagnosis will include the presence, or lack, of rapid cycling. In bipolar disorder patients, rapid cycling is described as a mental health complication where symptoms of mania and depression cycle many times during a particular week. While most cases of rapid cycling in bipolar disorder occur in the early stages of the mental health development, there are many adults who live with rapid cycling day in and day out.
Women, and female adolescents, often experience rapid cycling bipolar disorder more often than men. This is not to say that men will experience the mental health complication. But, for most men, the symptoms are generally not exhibited as profoundly as they may be in women.
Typically, if you are living with bipolar disorder, you may find that rapid cycling has developed due to a pre-existing substance abuse complication, or a complication with a thyroid disease. To ensure you get the best possible mental health care for rapid cycling bipolar disorder, be sure that your doctor is also treating all of your other health complications as, without treatment, you may find your rapid cycling will be far more difficult to manage.
Mental health complications among adults, teens, and children are quite common. For many the presence of rapid cycling is a profound complication that can impact the ability to perform daily functions of living. If you are struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental health complications, be sure to ask your doctor about the treatment for rapid cycling if you find that you are experiencing more symptoms including those with thyroid disorder and other hormonal or substance abuse complications. In doing so, you can get better control over your mental health.
Sources: Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide, by Ruth C. White, Ph.D., pp. 20-21.