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How Neuropsychology Can Help With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition based on extremes that can have a significant impact on an individual’s mood. When people with bipolar disorder experience an episode, this can either be in the form of depression or mania. During a depressive episode, symptoms can include feeling very sad and lethargic and having a loss of interest in usual activities, for example. However, during a manic episode, individuals may feel energised, overjoyed, not needing sleep or food, and making decisions that would usually be abnormal for them. Both episodes can understandably be distressing for the individual experiencing them and can have a significant impact on daily life. Episodes can last for several weeks or months, and some people may experience more depressive than manic episodes, or vice versa.

Following a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, you may feel slightly relieved that you have an answer for the symptoms you have been experiencing, sometimes including problems with memory, concentration, planning, problem-solving. You might also feel apprehensive about the impact the condition could have on your life; however, this is where we are able to help at the London Neurocognitive Clinic. We are able to perform a neuropsychological assessment that looks at your cognitive functioning, and as a result, can provide a treatment plan to benefit you. There is an area of our brains called the prefrontal cortex, which is important for executive functioning, which allows us to plan, focus attention, remember things, and multi-task, among many other jobs. The prefrontal cortex is also closely connected to the limbic system, which is an area of our brains important for regulating emotions. Therefore, when there are problems in the prefrontal cortex, these can affect the limbic system, which could be an explanation for some of the symptoms experienced in bipolar disorder.


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