DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders. DBSA of Urbana-Champaign is a peer-run support group for those individuals dealing with mood disorders.
- Gives you the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have been there.
- Motivates you to follow your treatment plan.
- Helps you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are.
- Helps you rediscover strengths and humor you may have thought you had lost.
- Provides a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding, and self-discovery.
What is Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a treatable illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. It is not a character flaw or a sign of personal weakness. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression because a person's mood can alternate between the "poles" of mania (highs) and depression (lows). These changes in mood, or "mood swings," can last for hours, days, weeks or months.
Signs of Depression
- Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
- Pessimism, indifference
- Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
- Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Signs of Mania
- Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
- Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
- Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue
- Grandiose thoughts, inflated sense of self-importance
- Racing speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas
- Impulsiveness, poor judgment, easily distracted
- Reckless behavior
- In the most severe cases, delusions and hallucinations