Understanding Bipolar Disorder (COD Lesson)

Bipolar disorder is a treatable medical illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy, and behavior. It is also known as manic depression because a person’s mood can alternate between symptoms of mania and depression. This resource includes a mania symptom checklist, a depression symptom checklist, and a wellness checklist. This lesson will help you understand how the highs and lows of bipolar disorder often lead to self-medication in an attempt to blunt the symptoms being experienced. Nearly 60% of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder will experience drug or alcohol addiction in their lifetime. Understanding the nature of this disorder is a key element in obtaining appropriate treatment and living the life of recovery you want.