Millions of Americans suffer from bipolar disorder. Untold numbers around the world also have this potentially devastating mental illness.
What does bipolar disorder look like?
For most, bipolar disorder is a rollercoaster of emotional and even physical extremes. Sufferers experience depressive ep, where they feel down: and usually physically and emotionally exhausted.
It can feel like nothing you do is worthwhile during episodes of depression. These are regularly followed by periods of mania, or elevated mood. These mood swings make treatment difficult.
More Bipolar Disorder Symptoms
You might experience racing thoughts, unnaturally high energy levels and a mood so optimistic and positive that it causes you to make reckless relationship or purchasing decisions. Whether depressed or in mania, the common theme is that very little of your life is enjoyed between these two extremes.
In times of depression, as a person living with manic depression you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. You might feel like there is nothing you would rather do than lay in bed.
When you feel like this you can’t simply snap out of it, because it is difficult to make decisions that involve being active because while depressed motivation to be active is difficult to come by. Depression is often confused with sadness, and while depression can include this, they are not synonymous. Depression describes a set of specific physical effects while sadness can be used to describe a more refined aspect of human emotion that can have many different sorts of physical reactions.
On the other side of the coin that is bipolar disorder, there is mania. When you feel manic, in many ways it is the opposite of depression because when depressed you have trouble finding value in your actions and consequentially have trouble getting yourself to do things, while when manic you will feel like there is value in doing everything.
Many people find themselves overwhelmed and that there is so much to do that you can’t even decide where to start or you’ll do anything when given the opportunity on sheer impulse often leading to inappropriate behavior. When experiencing mania many people find special value in mundane things and appreciate special connections between events which can be linked to the boosts in creativity many people feel.
While the severe highs and lows of the bipolar condition can make things difficult it can be made manageable by making appropriate adjustments to your lifestyle that can even out your mood to something more livable or this can be also achieved through therapy and medication. In any case understanding what characterizes your condition is the first step to understanding what you must do to live with it. While every person will be different, cases of bipolar disorder follow similar patterns. As you understand these patterns you can learn that you can take action and there is hope.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Does It Cause Excessive Moodswings?
Does It Cause Excessive Lying?
What Are The Symptoms And Consequences?
Bipolar disorder is also called manic-depression. People with bipolar disorder experience mood swings from "high" episodes of mania to "low" periods of depression. When between these "highs" and "lows", people with BP often have the normal range of moods. In most cases, people with bipolar disorder experience more periods of depression than periods of mania. Bipolar disorder can be either severe or mild, and can have either frequent or infrequent mood swings. Depending upon their symptoms, bipolars are diagnosed as having bipolar I, bipolar II, or cyclothymic disorder.
Bipolar I and Mania
Most people with bipolar I have episodes of both depression and mania. In very rare cases, they experience only mania. Bipolar I is distinguished from bipolar II by the severity and duration of the manic phase, which can last anywhere from a week to several months, and the experience of delusions. Risky behavior is common in manic episodes and patients often require hospitalization for their own safety.
The symptoms of mania can include rapid speech, insomnia, disconnected thoughts, grandiose ideas, hallucinations, extreme irritability, feelings of omnipotence, paranoia, violent behavior, a marked increase in strength, and openly promiscuous activity. (see Bipolar Screening)
Bipolar II and Hypomania
People with bipolar II suffer primarily from episodes of severe depression with occasional episode of "mild" mania, called hypomania. Hypomania differs from mania in that no delusions are experienced.
Like mania, hypomania can cause severely impaired functioning. The hypomanic episode often feels so good that bipolar patients often discontinue their medication in quest of a hypomanic episode. This is especially problematic because symptoms that come back after stopping drug treatment are often much harder to get back under control a second time.
While Bipolar II has sometimes been described as a "milder" form of bipolar disorder than Bipolar I, the suicide rate among people suffering form Bipolar II is actually higher than that for those suffering from Bipolar I.
People with cyclothymic disorder alternate between hypomania and mild depression. It is not as severe as bipolar I and II, but persists for longer periods with no break in symptoms. Cyclothymic disorder can later become full-blown bipolar disorder in some people, or can continue as a low-grade chronic condition.
Most people with bipolar disorder have an average of 8 to 10 manic or depressive episodes over a lifetime. Some, however, experience much more severe symptoms called rapid cycling. They can swing (cycle) between "highs" and "lows" many times in one day. To be considered a rapid cycler, you must have at leat 4 mood swings in a year.
During a Mixed Episode, symptoms of both mania and depression occur at the same time. The excitability and agitation of mania is coupled with depression and irritability. This combination of high energy and agitation along with depression makes the mixed episode the most dangerous for risk of suicide.
It can cause lying but not in the sense that you think. The person may believe for instance they are the president of the USA this would be a lie but to the its the truth.
I Think I Have Bipolar Disorder?
Should I Tell My Mom? And If I Do What Would Happen If I Was Right? And Would I Have To Go To The Doctor To Find Out?
Yes you should tell your Mom and discuss what your symptoms are that you feel you have bipolar. It is a difficult to diagnose with out a Doctor involved so getting an appointment with a Doctor and they can evaluate you to give you answers on what they think is going on. It may not be bipolar and be something else like depression or anxiety etc. But, if it is bipolar getting support and treatment is the best option to take care of yourself. It is nothing to be ashamed about and to hide from your parents because with any issue in life weather it is health or emotional issues, there is always hope and answers. You deserve that and your Mom probably wants to be involved.
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Can Someone Display Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder, Autism And Adhd.?
Can These Three Conditions Intertwine??
yes there are symptoms that overap such as sensory issues and distractability ( adhd & autism) meltdowns ( autism & Bipolar) moments of hyperactivity can apear as hypomanic behavior
anxiety is a common comordid of all three
it is possible to have a diagnosis of all three but it is complicated because the symptoms of each of those disorders can sometimes be contributed to each other
If Left Untreated Or At Least Undiagnosed, Can Bipolar Disorder Become Full On Depression?
Like, Can You Have Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), Then Gradually Become More And More Depressed, Until It Just Becomes Unipolar (Depression)?
No--bipolar requires both depressive and hypomanic/manic episodes. Furthermore, once a person has experienced a manic episode, they'll always be diagnosed as bipolar even if they never have another manic episode.
Depression and Bipolar are two separate and distinct disorders: depression is not a more severe variant of Bipolar. In fact, DSM-5 separated them into two different chapter groupings: "Depressive Disorders" and "Bipolar Disorders."
How To Write A Good Abstract For A Research Paper On Bipolar Disorder?
I'M Have A Difficult Time Trying To Write Out An Abstract For My Research Paper. My Instructor Wants The Abstract Before I Even Started My Research Paper. I Don'T Know How To Go About Trying To Write It Out. Any Advice Would Be Put To Use.
Google Bipolar Disorder their are thousands of studys and information on this diorder. I am Bipolar. there are many degrees of severity of this disorder. Good luck on your paper.
What Are The Diagnostic Criteria Of Bipolar Type 1?
And, If You Know, Bipolar Type 2 As Well.
Bipolar I Disorder--Diagnostic Features (DSM-IV, p. 350)
The essential feature of Bipolar I Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Manic Episodes or Mixed Episodes. Often individuals have also had one or more Major Depressive Episodes. Episodes of Substance-Induced Mood Disorder (due to the direct effects of a medication, or other somatic treatments for depression, a drug of abuse, or toxin exposure) or of Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition do not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder. In addition, the episodes are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, Delusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. . . .
Bipolar II Disorder--Diagnostic Features (DSM-IV, p. 359)
The essential feature of Bipolar II Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Major Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Hypomanic Episode. Hypomanic Episodes should not be confused with the several days of euthymia that may follow remission of a Major Depressive Episode. Episodes of Substance- Induced Mood Disorder (due to the direct effects of a medication, or other somatic treatments for depression, a drug of abuse, or toxin exposure) or of Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition do not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder. In addition, the episodes are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, Delusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. . . .
So Bipolar 1 is full blown mania or mixed episodes often with episodes of depression and Bipolar 2 is periods of major depression with periods of hypomania (mild mania).
Abilify And Prozac For Bipolar Disorder?
I'Ve Been Taking Abilify For Bipolar 2 Disorder And Was Recently Prescribed Prozac To Go Along With It. Does Anyone Else Take These Meds And If So Do They Work Well Together?
Abilify and Prozac can be taken together.
I've only taken Abilify. It caused severe restlessness and swallowing difficulties.
I wish you luck w/ the combination.
Argumentative Essay On Bipolar Disorder?
I Have To Write An Argumentative Essay On Bipolar Disorder, But I M Not Sure What I Could Argue...
One Option Is Treatment Methods, But Aside From That, I Don T Know Much Else I Could Talk About.
bipolar disorder: completely curable or not?
Do all of those who have bipolar require medical assistance?
How are bipolars viewed in society and why?
How effective is the diagnosis for bipolar disorder? Where are the kinks and holes in diagnosis?
Hope this helped
Bipolar Disorder Triggers?
I'M Doing A Research Project And Have A Question About Things That Trigger Bipolar Disorder. Say Your Life Is Amazing, Your Family Gets Along, You Are Well Liked And Have A Lot Of Friends, You Have A Great Boyfriend, Do Well In School And Sports, And Have A Good Appearance. Now Say That Your Family Is Complicated And Broken, No One Likes You And You Don'T Have Good Relationships With Friends, You'Ve Never Been In Love, You Aren'T Good At Anything And Do Bad In School, And Hate The Way You Look. Is There A Greater Chance That The Second Type Would Develop Bipolar Or At Least Get A More Severe Case?
I'm not exactly sure.
Bipolar disorder has a few triggers, one of the most popular is genetics. Bipolar disorder loves to run in families.
Another trigger could be traumatic experiences in life, like maybe abuse to great extents but otherwise I think the person with the perfect life would be happy and the person with the messed up life might just be depressed not bipolar.
It is really uncertain what causes it to a point but many people would suggest traumatic life experiences that involve periods of depression prior or after, and genetics.
An example of a traumatic life experience might include watching your fiance die at gunpoint and you marry another man who physically abuses you for years. This is not to say that the woman being abused will develop bipolar disorder but she may develop problems with depression and possibly, she might develop bipolar disorder but it really depends on more.
Are These Disorders Curable?
Depersonalization Disorder,Bipolar 1 Mixed Type (Anxiety,Ocd,Depressive,Psychotic Symptoms),Mixed Disturbance Of Conduct And Emotions,Social Phobia
Bipolar can be treated, and depending on the underlying cause it may or may not be curable. For instance a gentically-set chemical imbalance can be managed, but may not ever be wholly cured. A pattern of thinking leading to symptoms of personality disorder, however, can be managed and even cured. Psychotic symptoms likely are there to stay and will need to be managed with medication, or perhaps a more homeopathic but still long-term approach may help.
@Laura - Keep your unfounded Scientology horse sh*t out of this. As somebody who has benefited from psychiatry and medication I am outright insulted by the invalidating and wholly unfounded drivel you are spewing. To say that my lifetime of disruptive conduct, lack of empathy, emotional dysregulation, depression, anger, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts is part of some white middle class conspiracy and attempt to compartmentalize society is nothing less than insulting. To say that medication is only an attempt to line somebody's pockets even though it helped me hold down a job and kept me off disability is insulting. To say that the DBT and anger management classes I took were a crock is insulting. I assure you what I experienced cannot be so neatly and dismissively summed up as "distress". You have no idea what you are talking about, and you are only doing harm here.
I Think I Have Bipolar Disorder, But..?
I Want To Know What Walking On My Toes, And Bipolar Disorder Have To Do With Each Other
I Asked This Question Before, I Mean I Asked What Walking On Toes Means, But I Didn'T Get A Really Satisfactory Answer
I Don'T Suffer From Autisim And I Don'T Have Tourettes
I Haven;T Been Diagnosed With Bipolar Because My Family Won'T Take Me To Get Diagnosed Though I Believe I Have It
Is Walking On My Toes (Occasionally) An Indicator?
Yes, toe-walking can be connected to autism-spectrum disorders. But autism and bipolar disorder are completely different things. Autism is a function of how the brain develops/is wired. Bipolar is thought to be biochemical. People can have both, but the toe-walking thing is not at all related to bipolar disorder.
Your post doesn't say how old you are, but I hope you will plan to get a diagnosis once you are out of the house. Many colleges and universities have student health centers with psychiatrists on staff, and you could get a diagnosis then and see what medications work for you. There are lots of new, good ones that many people have found to be very effective. I hope you will do whatever you can to manage your moods so that you can get the grades that will get you in to a university.
And about your family: Will they let you see a doctor for an annual checkup? You might be able to ask then. If not, would they let you go to counseling? Counseling can really help with bipolar disorder, as much as medication.
Best of luck--
Bipolar Disorder And Genetics?
People Say That Bipolar Disorder Is Usually Genetic Most Of The Time. But I Was Wondering Can It Be Anyone In Your Family At All That Has Or Had Bipolar Disorder Or Does It Have To Be An Immediate Family Member Like Mother, Grandfather Etc?
I Have Been Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder But The Only Person In My Family That Has Bipolar Disorder Is My Great Auntie. I Just Put It Down To The Fact I Was Molestered At 3, Bullied Severely And My Parents Divorce. But I Was Wondering Could It Be That It Is Genetic In My Family Because Of My Great Auntie? Would I Have Developed It Because I Have It In The Family? None Of My Other Family Members Have Any Kind Of Mental Illness. Just Always Wondered, Thanks.
Want my personal opinion?
Bipolar Disorder is inherited but is not a primary inherited feature and so it may skip generations like a lot of other genetic features.
But I believe that infants, toddlers, children and adolescents who are constantly living in a "Fight or Flight" situation have their physical bodies constantly bombarded with adrenaline, hormones, glucose, oxygen, etc. And so, having a childhood filled with fear and distress takes a toll on all of their bodily systems.
And since Bipolar Disorder is caused by a biochemical imbalance within the brain and the metabolic system, I feel that this may contribute to the onset of the disease in someone who is predisposed to it.
Does that make sense to you?
And your Borderline Personality Disorder is a learned response to a childhood filled with abuse and neglect. As a result, you have learned inappropriate coping skills and psychotherapy will "re-teach" you the correct and appropriate way to respond to stress. It is not a biochemical imbalance but a learned response.
I wish you all the best.
Is There A Connection Between Ocd, Bipolar Disorder And Adhd?
Do These Disorders Have A Connection? If So Why?
Co-existing conditions are common with ADHD. Only about a 1/3 of children diagnosed with it have ADHD alone.
It's very common for ADHD and OCD to be present together; OCD is believed to share the genetic component that ADHD seems to have and shares many of its characteristics. As many as 25% of children with ADHD may also have bipolar disorder.
Can't say why, but I'd imagine it's something to do with the fact that many of these conditions share similar symptoms which overlap, and also all have genetic factors.
Bipolar Disorder Mood Swing Triggers?
I'M Starting To Believe That I Have Bipolar Disorder, Though I Have Never Been Diagnosed. But I Have Things That Trigger My Mood Swings. For Example I Will Be Completely Happy One Day And Then The Next I Will Break Out In Acne And Be In A Horrible Mood.
Do The Mood Swings In Bipolar Disorder Occur Because Something Triggers Them, Or Are They Spontaneous And For No Apparent Reason?
Hummm - well... everybody has mood swing trigger sorts of phenomena - you don't have to be bipolar. Or at least let's hope you're not bipolar. That is a pretty difficult situation. You might want to read up on bipolar - I'm thinking that the mood swings are not quick.
These people can live through weeks or months of one mood - and then fall into another. So a bipolar person will get into a "mania" and do all manner of stuff - start businesses, get married, sign up to sail around the world - really crazy stuff. And then a month later he wakes up and he's fallen into a depression. And this depression is made SO MUCH WORSE because he's screwed up his entire life by becoming married or starting a business he can't possibly handle.
But "normally" people go back and forth between moods - and the moods can be pretty heavy. When in depression, you can't even imagine ever being happy - ever! And later when you have those rare feelings of happiness, you can't imagine being depressed.
Hard to say what causes this - hormones maybe - maybe it's repressed stuff from childhood. Always fun to speak to a psychologist about it - but who can afford that?
But bipolar disease is REALLY serious stuff - psychosis stuff - life wrecker stuff. So let's hope you don't have that.
However - just get a big sheet of paper and start dated notes on these things which you consider "triggers" - and while you're researching this, watch the dreams and note them down too. You might find that there's a pattern in your life which is feeding this "crazy" machine - and it might be something you can get hold of.
What Are The Symptoms For Bipolar And Depression Disorder?
Just Curious. What Are The Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder & What Are The Symptoms Of Depression. And What Are The Differences Between The Two. I Would Really Appreciate A Professionals Answer, But All Answers Are Welcome. Thank You.
Bipolar is so named because it represents the polar opposites on a single continuum of human moods that affected people cycle back and forth from; psychotic mania (the extreme at one pole) and major depression with suicidal ideation (the extreme at the opposite pole). Involuntary commitment can happen at either extreme, to ensure safety to the individual and the public. Sometimes bipolar's are misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.
Bipolar is a mood disorder, also called manic depressive disorder or bipolar affective disorder. Genetic factors contribute substantially to the likelihood of developing bipolar disorder, and environmental factors are also indicated.
Symptoms of depression are sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger, isolation, hopelessness, disturbances in sleep and appetite, fatigue and loss of interest in otherwise enjoyable activities, poor concentration, loneliness, self-loathing, apathy or indifference, depersonalization, loss of interest in sex, chronic pain, lack of motivation, suicidal ideation.