Dr Eghosa Osaruemwenmwen, a medical practitioner and psychologist, on Wednesday, advised parents and guardians to always show love to physically challenged children in order to prevent ‘bipolar disorder’.
Osaruemwenmwen gave this advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday at Estate Hopital, Benin.
He defined bipolar disorder as “a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs”.
According to him, bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).
“The exact cause of this condition is not yet known, but a combination of genetic factors, environment, altered brain structure and chemistry may play a role”.
“When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities”.
“When your mood shifts to mania or hypomania (less extreme than mania), you may feel euphoric, full of energy or unusually irritable.
“The mood swings can affect sleep, energy, activity, judgment, behavior and the ability to think clearly,” he said.
According to him, episodes of mood swings may occur rarely or in multiple times a year.
While some people may experience emotional symptoms between episodes, some may not experience any.
He said the condition could be a lifelong condition, which could be managed by following a treatment plan.
Osaruemwenmwen said the symptoms of bipolar disorder include: high energy, reduced need for sleep and loss of touch with reality.
He advised parents to watch their wards closely especially those of them, who are physically challenged.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)
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