Psychic bipolar disorders are anxiety disorders which arise because of mental disturbances with anxiety as a main symptom. Anxiety is a common experience, but not everyone who experiences it is suffering from psychic bipolar disorder. Anxiety is linked with a wide array of physical illnesses, medication side effects and other psychiatric disorders.
When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was revised, many changes occurred in classification of anxiety disorders. Until the revision took place, psychiatrists the world over classified patients on the basis of a theory that defined anxiety as the result of unconscious conflicts in the patient's mind. The present definitions of psychic bipolar disorder are based on the external and reported symptoms of the disorders.
According to one estimate, psychic bipolar disorders are the most basic form of mental disturbance in the American population. Around 28 million people suffer from an anxiety disorder annually. These disorders pose a serious issue for the society due to their interference with patients' work, schooling and family life. They also play a significant part in the high rates of alcohol and substance abuse in the United States. Psychic bipolar disorders are an additional burden for health care providers because the physical symptoms of anxiety often bring people to primary care doctors and emergency rooms.
The first kind of psychic bipolar disorder includes panic disorders. The main feature of panic disorders is the emergence of panic attacks coupled with fear of their recurrence. It is normally not a disorder by itself, instead it is attached with some kind of panic disorder. Patients suffering with this disorder are often afraid of locations or events in which they might have a panic attack and unable to get some assistance. According to one study, around 25% of patients with panic disorder later on develop obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
A phobia can be is an intense, irrational fear of a specific object or event that compels the patient to avoid it. Some phobias come from routines or objects that involve some risk; for example, phobia of flying or driving. Most of these phobias are focused on harmless animals, other objects or events. Social phobia is more dangerous and it involves a fear of being humiliated, judged or scrutinized.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder characterized by unnecessary, intrusive, continuous thoughts or repetitive actions that pinpoint the patient's anxiety or attempts to control it. According to one estimate, OCD affects around 2-3% of the population and is much more prevalent than was originally thought.
Treatment of Psychic Bipolar Disorder
If you are suffering from a relatively controlled psychic bipolar disorder, psychotherapy can do the trick. On the other hand, if the patient is suffering from complex psychic bipolar disorder, it is necessary to use a combination of medications and psychotherapy.
Studies clearly emphasize that many patients respond better to a combination of treatment routines than either medications or psychotherapy in isolation. Because of the wide array of medications and treatment routines that are used to treat psychic bipolar disorder, the health care provider cannot predict in advance which combination will be most useful to a specific patient. In most cases, the health care provider will try a new medication or routine over a time period of one to two months to judge its effectiveness. The treatment trials do not necessarily mean that the patient cannot be assisted or that the health care provider is not up to the mark.
Alternative treatments for psychic bipolar disorder cover a wide array of methods. Meditation and mindfulness training are very advantageous to patients with phobias and panic disorders. Hydrotherapy is very beneficial to anxious patients because it plays a prominent role in calming the nervous system. In addition, Yoga, Aikido, Ta'i Chi Chuan and dance therapy assist patients with the physical as well as emotional tensions that lead to or are created by anxiety.