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.
How Do I Know If Im Bipolar Or Have Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder?
Im Just Wondering How Do You Really Know If You Do.
Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes extreme changes in someone’s mood, energy, thinking, and behavior. Bipolar disorder can cause repeated episodes of depression and can drastically change how a person feels from one minute to the next. Additionally, bipolar disorder has been linked to anxiety, diabetes, heart disease, migraines, and substance abuse. More than four million adults in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder. It is the sixth-leading cause of disability worldwide and is more common in youth than it is in adults. Statistics show that women are three times more likely to experience rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, and most people will start displaying symptoms around the age of 25.
Types of Bipolar Disorder
There are several types of bipolar disorder, including bipolar type I, bipolar type II, and cyclothymia. Bipolar I requires a diagnosis, and the individual must have experienced at least one hypomanic episode but must not have a history of a major depressive episode. Bipolar II disorder is diagnosed if an individual has experienced major depressive episodes and a hypomanic episode. Cyclothymia is a mild form of bipolar disorder and consists of cyclical mood swings.
Common Signs and Symptoms
Unusually high and optimistic feelings
Distraction, problems with concentration
Delusions and hallucinations
Impaired judgment and impulsiveness
Lack of need for sleep
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Physical and mental sluggishness
Change in appetite or weight
Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
Bipolar disorder can affect daily life and relationships with friends and family, so it is important to seek help. Best of luck!
Lithium And Bipolar Disorder?
I'Ve Been Taking Lithium For About 6 Months Now For Bipolar Ii. It'S Been Great, Except That...It'S Super Stunting. I Just Feel Really Emotionally Stunted. I Can'T Really Cry, Or Feel Upset. I Feel Like I'M Living In This Bubble Where Things Just Can'T Reach Me. I Honestly Miss The Days When I Was Living The Highs And Lows, Seriously Harming Myself, But Still...Living. Feeling.
Is This Normal? Is It Something Worth Bringing Up At The Doctors? Or Is All Medication For Bipolar Disorder Like This?
There are other medications you can try (such as Lamotrigine). You can also adjust the dosage of Lithium.
This is precisely the sort of thing you are supposed to turn to your prescribing physician for advice on. They rely on feedback from their patients in order to get the pharmaceutical aspect of treatment fine tuned.
I know you will disagree with me on this, but I cant say that I really like emotions. If I could eliminate emotions and memories of my past, I think I would be "happier."
What Medications Are Used For Rapid Cyclers (Bipolar Disorder)?
My Psychiatrist Said I'M A Rapid-Cycler (Bipolar Disorder). I Was Wondering, If She Diagnoses Me, What Medications Are Used To Treat This? Like, Specific Brand Names (Lithium, Prozac, Etc.)
One big tip for you right off: avoid labelling yourself things like "broken wings" and picking a sad-faced avatar. these kind of things just reinforce your sadness, and when you are bipolar, you know that you need to do everything you can to be less sad.
Here are the meds I have tried for bipolar:
lithium, depakote, seroquel, abilify, tegretol, lamictal, risperdal, invega (invega is really the same thing as risperdal, tho)
here are the antidepressants you can try: prozac, zoloft, celexa, cymbalta, effexor, wellbutrin etc. If you are a rapid cycler, you would normally want to avoid an antidepressant, saving it for a last ditch option, since antidepressants are thought to increase cycling.
Keeping a regular sleep schedule and reducing stress are very important. Make sure your bedroom is totally black at night - turn the digital clock around, get light blocking room shades, etc. In bipolar your circadean rhythms aren't right and light at night (including moonlight) may be making things worse.
You can try a thryroid supplement, inducing hyperthyroidism can stop rapid cycling in some cases (gave me panic attacks and didn't help me, tho).
Go to bipolarworld.net, and click on ask the doctor, for doctor phelp's advice. He gives great advice, and gives references for everything he says via pubmed etc. He is up on the latest stuff. I'm sure I forgot stuff.
How Can Someone Deal With Someone Else Who Has Bipolar Disorder?
My Gf Has Bipolar Disorder, And She Gets Mania Often And Very Depressed Soon After. Her &Quot;Normal&Quot; Isnt Very Often. She Has Hullcinations When Manic. She Is Violent At Times Too. She Loves Sex...Alot. She'S Loud, And Likes To Bite Me Sometimes. And She Can Write Insanely Well, Like Really Well. She Hates To Eat, And Constantily Thinks Shes Fat, And Wont Eat. She Has A Low-Self Esteem. She Will Randomly Spend Outrageous Amounts Of Money On Odd Things Too...How Do I Help Her? Or &Quot;Deal&Quot; With Her?
She should be taking medication. I was engaged to a man that was exactly like that. The sex was amazing but usually followed by an unprovoked blow-up and him storming off and me wondering what I did wrong! He refused to take his medication, so I refused to marry him. Have her talk to her psychiatrist or personal physician. I wish you the best of patience.
Is There A Brain Test For Bipolar!?
I Am 17 Years Old And Suffer From Bipolar Disorder.
I Am On Medication And See All Kinds Of Doctors And All.,
But What I Want To Know Is, Is There A Test On The Chrmicals Of The Brain Linked With Bipolar? And Does Anyone Know How Accurate It Is?
there's a test for everything these days.Unfortunately,you would probably have to give up a fortune to find out the results...
Bipolar What Is It?
Anybody Know What Bipolar Disoder Is?
DON'T LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE
Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness where people experience extreme moods. The moods are called Mania and Major Depression. Bipolar people DO NOT change moods every minute. A mood episode usually lasts for weeks, maybe even months. For example, I could be manic for 3 weeks and then be depressed for 4 months. In between mood episodes the person is normal.
THe moods of Bipolar people are EXTREME, not just happy and/or sad, but dangerously moody.
The two major types of Bipolar are:
Bipolar 1 which is the classic version. Must have experienced a manic expisode. Do not necessarilly have to have depression, but many do.
Bipolar 2 experiences hypomania, but mostly depression.
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that is controlled with mood stabilizing medications like Lithium, Depekote, Tegretol.
Bipolar Disorder Heritability?
Is Heritability In Any Bipolar Disorder Influenced By Gender? Does The Disorder Skip Generations?
This Is Just An Issue Of Curiosity.
Mental illnesses can be hereditary, but not all of them. It also depends on the people in the family. Some are strong, and won't let a mental illness define them or bring them down. Some are not as strong, and seem to think that once they get the word that they have a mental illness use it as an excuse not to do certain things.
Best to ask a professional though.
Unipolar Vs. Bipolar Depression?
Major Depressive Disorder And Bipolar Disorder Are Two Very Different Mood Disorders, Although They Are Often Confused By The Public. From Your Experience, How Do You Think These Differ?
That is like asking "What is the difference between pie crust and pie"? Depression is depression (like pie crust is pie crust) and Bipolar is depression AND mania (like pie is Pie crust AND filling). Huge difference....... without mania it is just depression just as without filling it is just pie crust.... would you ever refer to an empty pie crust as a pie? No.. just as you could never refer to depression as Bipolar... The difference is the filling..... or mania.
Another way is to just look at the name.... unipolar means one pole or depression..... Bipolar means two poles or depression and it's opposite (the other pole), mania. Bi means two or both so to be Bipolar you have to go to both poles or have both depression and mania... unipolar depression or one pole means only depression.
Bipolar Ii Disorder... Hypomania?
I Have Rapid-Cycling Bipolar Ii Disorder.I Was Diagnosed In January. I Got A Question...
Ok, I Have Only Had 2 &Quot;Hypomania&Quot; Episodes, But I Only Get Them After I Hit Rock Bottom (In Terms Of Depression). Is It Strange I Dont Get Them Any Other Time? ( I Wish I Did...Its Awesome!!). Why Do I Only Get Them After Extreme Depresive Episodes?...Im Stable Now, I Went To The Hospital And Got New Meds...I Was Just Wondering How Come I Dont Get Hypomanic More Often? Why Is It Only After Extreme Depression? (Last Time, The Depression Ended Up With Me In A Psych Ward, And A Few Hrs After I Got There...I Was Euphoric And So Happy)
A lot of times people with bipolar disorder type II are depressed most of the time and only experience hypomania every once and a while. Actually, I think that's the norm. This can be a problem if someone with bipolar type II is treated for major depressive disorder since the illnesses both require different medications. As for why you only get them after extreme depressive episodes; that's just how you are, there's nothing unusual about it. Bipolar disorder affects people differently. We don't know enough about the human brain yet to tell you exactly why your mood behaves the way it does.
Do You Have Bipolar Disorder?
If You Do, How Do You Live With It? How Has It Affected Your Life? Any Trouble With (Or Without) Medication?
I Was Recently Diagnosed. I Have Ultra Rapid Cycling And Psychosis. I Have Been On Geodon And Depakote For 6 Weeks Now And I Am Still Struggling With This. Notice That I Am Only 16 Years Old.
Can Some Of You Share Some Of Your Stories Living With This?
They will not tell me what iv got, all they say is I am suffering from psychosis and yet my medication is for Bipolar so I am abit confused I am on aripiprazole,risperidone,propranolol,flu... and zolpidem and still feel terrible,there are seconds when I feel good but only for a few seconds then the darkness comes back, in fact I only feel good when I go shopping and at bed time but I do believe I will feel much better than this as Iv only been on medication for a couple of week.
Yes it is not uncommon these days for young adults like you to have
Bipolar but it is very sad to hear, I am 35 and confused some times.
Keep going never give up and remember there is all ways a brighter day.
All the best.
Is Major Depression Disorder Like Bipolar Disorder?
I have major depression and attend a weekly support group for people with depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
As you probably know, bipolar disorder involves mood swings between depression and mania. If the mania is severe, it is called bipolar I, but if the mania is mild, it is called hypomania and your diagnosis is bipolar II. There are actually 5 types of bipolar disorder, but bipolar I and II are the most important types to know about. If you want to learn a little about the 5 types of bipolar disorder, go to http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/gu...
"Regular" depression, including major depression, is also called unipolar depression. There are no mood swings into mania or hypomania. I am sure Jorge M meant well, but please ignore his remark that there is no difference between major depression and bipolar disorder.
The confusion between depressive symptoms and bipolar symptoms can occur because some people with bipolar disorder can spend almost all their time being depressed and seldom become manic or hypomanic. Also you need only one episode of mania to be declared bipolar I for life!
More and more people are being labeled bipolar. It has become a "trendy" diagnosis. However, since I have major depression and know lots of folks who are bipolar, I can tell you there definitely is a difference between major depression and bipolar disorder.
Are There Any Assessments Online For The Various Types Of Mental Disorders?
I'M Not Talking About Quizilla.Com, Tickle.Com Or Any Of Those. Ones That Are Made By Actual Health Professionals For The Use Of People Who Can'T Go To A Doctor But Can Go Online To Figure Out What They Have?
My college counseling and psychological services has many screening tools online. I will send links to them. You can take assessments for depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, anxiety disorders, and alcohol use.
You shouldn't need a key to access the site! You can simply answer the questions click continue, answer those questions and submit and it will tell you if your responses are suggestive of the disorder.
How Common Is The Bipolar Disorder Trait?
Among Males, Females, Or Ethnicity
Bipolarness actually isn't that common. Psychologists wrongly diagnose so many people with bipolarness instead of: Depression, teenage angst, anger problems, PMS, trust issues, and mood swings. The truth is, 65% of people diagnosed with bipolar aren't! It isn't a genetic trait at all, either. It's a disorder.
Males have it more though, to answer your question. People assume females do because of our hormones during PMS, and our estrogen levels in general are more sensitive than male hormones. Males do derive bipolarness more. And ethnicy? Caucasians have it more. Asians don't because the original asian countries have more seafood and spices in their diet that helps. African Americans naturally have other traits that dominate from letting bipolar disorder get in the way (i'm not trying to be racist, i'm not saying any of this is bad).
Hope i've helped =)
What Kind Of Disorders Are These?
1, Huge, Few Times A Month Mood Swings That Last For A Week Or So. Anger, Stress, Carelessness, Boredom, Loud, Or Quick Talking And, More. Some Sort Of Stress Disorder? Bipolar Disorder Maybe?
2. Hug Mood Swing Where You Wake Up One Day And Feel Like Crap For A Week Or So. Hopelessness, Sadness, Lose Of Energy, Feeling Useless, Carelessness, Longer Hours Of Sleep.
They Seem Alike. Though To The First One It Happens More Often And, There Different Feelings.
In my opinion, these are not 2 seperate disorders. If anything, it seems to me to be Bipolar disorder... what you are describing is firstly the high or 'manic' phase, and secondly the depressed phase.
I suggest you speak to your GP who can refer you to a specialist - they will be able to look at your symptoms and history, and more accurately assess your situation. Try not to worry - once you find the problem, you'll know what you're dealing with and things will get easier.
It may be that this will dissappear in time, especially if you are in your teens. One piece of advice - I do take medication myself, but please be wary if your psychiatrist puts you on multiple medications very quickly... it's impossible for me to get off my antidepressants now, I'm very addicted.
What Do You Think Bipolar Disorder Is?
I Suffer From Bipolar And I'Ve Noticed Most People Don'T Actually Even Know What It Is And They Have The Wrong Perception Of It. I Want To See Who On The Internet Actually Has An Understanding Of It.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder consisting of alternations between major depressive episodes and manic/hypomanic episodes, often with periods of "normal" mood in between.
Major depressive episodes must persist for at least two weeks, and can cause the following symptoms:
- depressed mood
- loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities
- decreased or increased appetite
- sleeping too much or too little
- excessive tiredness or fatigue
- inability to concentrate
- moving slower than usual or feeling restless and agitated
- feelings of hopelessness or inappropriate guilt
- thoughts of death or suicide
Hypomanic episodes must persist for at least four days, and manic episodes must persist for at least one week. The two share the exact same symptoms, but hypomania is less severe. The symptoms of mania and hypomania are as follows:
- euphoric or irritated mood
- racing thoughts or flight of ideas
- speaking a lot and very quickly
- increase in goal-directed activity
- decreased need for sleep
- grandiosity or higher than usual self-esteem
- recklessness or impulsivity
- psychosis (only in the case of mania, not hypomania)
Bipolar disorder can also cause mixed episodes, which consist of symptoms of both depression and mania. It should be noted that major depressive disorder can cause these mixed states as well, but only if the episode if predominantly depressive.
Typically, mood episodes last weeks to months at a time. Normally-cycling bipolar people are only expected to have three or less episodes in a whole year. If one experiences more than three episodes in a year, they would be considered to be rapid-cycling.
I mean, I have bipolar disorder. But since I'm so into studying mental illnesses, I'd probably know most if not all of this even if I weren't bipolar.
Really, though, it's not that difficult to do a quick google search to have a better understanding of the disorder... But, no. The vast majority of people will just assume that being bipolar means having frequent and rapid mood swings.