Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Screening
The CAGE-AID questionnaire is a simple test that checks for signs of alcohol dependence. It can be a useful tool that only requires a minute or two of time.
Bipolar Disorder is a manic disorder in which there are abnormal shifts in thoughts, energy, concentration, mood, and activities. Read more about the three types of bipolar disorders below.
Types of Bipolar Disorders
Bipolar I Disorder
- This is defined by episodes of manic symptoms that last at least 7 days, depending on severity hospital care may be needed. These manic episodes that be followed by depressive episodes that can last at least 2 weeks. A combination of manic symptoms and depressive symptoms are possible as well.
Bipolar II Disorder
- This is defined as a pattern of depressive episodes and hypo manic episodes, but not consistent with the symptoms of the manic episodes of Bipolar I Disorder.
- This is defined as patterns of hypo manic symptoms as well as periods of depressive symptoms that can last for at least 2 years.
Signs of manic episode:
- Feel they are uncommonly strong, skillful, and important
- Can multitask very easily
- Experience fast and racing thoughts
- Talk very quickly about many different subjects
- Lack of need for sleep
- Loss of appetite
- Feel “wired”
- Feel elated
- Can be irritable
- Participate in dangerous behaviors such as drinking or eating unreasonably, careless sex, and giving away things
Signs of depressive episode:
- Feel valueless and hopeless
- Think about death or suicide
- Have no urge to participate in activities, incapable of experiencing pleasure, and lack of sex drive
- Unable to focus or make decisions
- Speak slowly and feel like they have no opinions
- Experience increase in appetite leading to weight gain
- Feel restless uneasy
- Feel very sad
- Feel “down”
Individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder can lead happy, healthy, and active lives. Bipolar Disorder can be diagnosed by a mental health care provides who look at an individual’s experiences, history, and family history.
Let's Talk Stigma
Many people suffer from a mental health diagnosis in silence because of the discrimination thta goes along with it. Let's Talk Stigma is starting a conversation to end the stigma surrounding mental illness