Cognitive dysfunction is commonly recognized among mood disorders and relates to a poor overall functioning in the brain related to learning, memory, perception, problem-solving, and more. If a person has cognitive dysfunction, they may have difficulty focusing, recalling words or information, solving math problems, and more. Serious issues related to cognitive dysfunction may even affect a person’s executive functioning, otherwise known as their ability to plan, organize, and sequence information. Bipolar disorder (BPD) has been shown to cause varying levels of cognitive dysfunction, making it more important for reputable treatment centers to focus on interventions that target this area.
A 2017 study published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology emphasized that BPD has been shown to experience more cognitive dysfunction that mood disorders such as major depressive disorder (MDD). Bipolar disorder often causes mood swings, including feelings of apathy as well as euphoria – most often experienced in episodes of depression or mania. Along with these episodes may come impulsive behaviors related to sex, gambling, substances, and more; episodes may last for days to months at a time and may also be associated with suicidal ideation. As confirmed by the study, there are several effective treatments for BPD:
- Medications such as anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can better help an individual control their symptoms while maintain a clear mind so they can develop healthy coping tools
- Functional remediation can assist clients in building up neurocognitive strategies such as attention, memory, and executive functions
- Social skills training may help individuals with emotion perception
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based training may reduce anxiety and depression symptoms
- Physical exercise to increase neural activity and promote cognitive functioning
- Promotion of healthy habits such as eating and sleeping well, refraining from substances, limiting stress, and more
If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there are many effective strategies that could work to help you better manage your symptoms. Recovery is possible, and you are not alone, so speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.