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 Are The Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder? Manic Depressive? Best Meds For It? Thanks!?
Without Weight Gain Ect.. Thanks!!!
Bipolar disorder and "manic depression" are the same condition. It is characterized by two phases. There is a "manic" phase where a person may have racing thoughts, a decreased need for sleep, impulsive behavior, and a sense that they can do anything. Others may also tell that person that they're talking fast. These phases, in order to fit the criteria for psychiatry, must last about 5-7 days. The other part of the disorder is the depression phases, which include feeling extremely sad, increased sleep, loss if interest in your previous activities, decreased appetite, etc. If you are experiencing these symptoms PLEASE see your doctor and/or a psychiatrist. Generally this condition is treated with Lithium or Depakote, which we call "mood stabilizers". A doctor should oversee your medications because using a straight antidepressant can actually cause a "manic" phase as I talked about above. The extended release form of Depakote is less associated with weight gain than the shorter acting formulation, but definitely tell your doctor that this is a concern you have.
Do I Have Depression? Or Bipolar Disorder?
I Can Never Really Truly Deep Down Be Happy Because I Always End Up Feeling Sad And Like I Dont Have Anything Good..When There Is Plenty Of Good And Happiness But I Cant Grab Onto It. I Feel Empty And I Never Let Myself Cry Because I Feel Weak When I Cry Or Like I Need Attention.. I Dont Want To Feel Weaker Then I Already Do. I Get Sad About Everything And Feel Sad Or Angry Alot.. Whats Wrong With Me?
Not a single thing you've mentioned would point towards bipolar disorder, no. I've got my generic copy-and-paste explanation if you'd like to read more about WHY this isn't bipolar disorder, but BEFORE I do that, let me mention one thing.
It sounds like you might be experiencing a type of depression called dysthymia. Dysthymia is a less severe form of major depression, but dysthymia is chronic and persistent (disclaimer: while major depression normally occurs in episodes, it can also exist persistently over many years like dysthymia). Dysthymia isn't complete and total misery and an inability to function, as major depression normally is. Instead it's just a constant and inescapable feeling of sadness and emptiness and numbness. Don't let the "less severe" part be too misleading, because living with dysthymia can be incredibly difficult. It's obviously not an easy thing to feel as though absolutely nothing can ever make you happy.
Now, as for my explanation on bipolar disorder...
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by alternating episodes of depression and mania/hypomania. A common misconception is that bipolar moods happen very frequently and rapidly. In truth, bipolar moods occur in very long episodes. Depressive episodes MUST persist for at least two weeks, and manic episodes MUST persist for at least one week, but both normally last an average of two or three months -- though mania is normally treated and curbed much sooner, and depressive episodes can easily last 6+ months. Hypomanic episodes are shorter, lasting at least 4 days, and usually an average of a couple weeks. This is why people who experience hypomanic and major depressive episodes (bipolar II disorder) are more likely to experience rapid cycling. Rapid cycling = experiencing four or more episodes within one year. So, you can see that normally-cycling bipolar episodes are so long and with such a good amount of space in between, that bipolar people are only expected to experience three or less episodes in a whole year.
Depressive episodes consist of exactly what you would expect out of depression -- low mood, low energy, significant changes in weight, issues with sleep, feelings of hopelessness, thoughts of suicide, etc. Depression can also include irritability and anxiety.
Manic/hypomanic episodes are not just anger or a normal, happy mood. Symptoms of mania/hypomania can include racing thoughts, pressured speech, high emotional and physical energy, increased confidence, impulsivity, lack of judgement, irritability, grandiosity, elation, and sometimes even psychosis (note: hypomania does not include psychosis). In my experience, being manic/hypomanic literally feels like being on cocaine. That's to say, when you're manic/hypomanic, everything is moving a mile a minute and you can't slow down your own thoughts or words. You feel like you constantly need to be doing something, so you're literally doing everything you can all at the same time. You feel like you need to engage in really risky, harmful behavior, such as taking part in drugs and alcohol or unsafe sex. You feel like you're on top of the world and absolutely nothing or nobody can stop you. These are just a few things that a person might feel when they're experiencing a manic or hypomanic episode.
(For the record, hypomania is a less severe form of mania. But hypomania can still be very serious and cause a lot of issues in life.)
Are Delusions And Hallucinations Associated With Bipolar Disorder?
My 16 Year Old Brother Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder A Few Months Ago. Lately, He'S Confided In My Sister And I That He Believes He Has Super Powers. In Fact, My Mother Has Even Mentioned Schizophrenia As A Possibility. He Often Lies (And Believes Them), Makes Up False Realities (And Believes Them), And Pretends That People Say Things They Didn'T.
So, Are Delusions And Hallucinations Associated With Bipolar Disorder? If Not, What Other Mental Illnesses Are?
Thank You In Advance.
Yes, if the bipolar person is in a manic state. People with bipolar disorder cycle between depression and mania. During a manic episode, a bipolar person may have an elevated or irritable mood. He may experience an increase in energy and a decreased need for sleep. He may have racing thoughts and a low attention span. He may exhibit poor judgment and risky behavior, often in the form of spending sprees or drug abuse. He may feel out of control or unstoppable or as if they have a "special purpose." And yes, he may experience a break with reality, which may include hallucinations and grandiose delusions. Does this sound like your brother lately? If so, he may indeed be suffering from bipolar disorder and be currently in a manic state (as opposed to a depressive state).
There are a number of psychotic disorders which include hallucinations and delusions in their diagnostic criteria. This answer will be too long if I go through each of them in-depth, but I will try to point you in the right directions, so to speak. They are: schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, schizoaffective disorder, brief psychotic disorder, delusional disorder, and chronic hallucinatory psychosis.
Bipolar Medications And Substance Abuse Problems.?
There Is A Possibility That I Will Be Put On A Medication For Bipolar Disorder Soon. I Am Very Nervous About Taking Medications Because I Have Had A Long History Of Alcohol And Substance Abuse. I Am Fearful That If I Have A Relapse, The Drug Interaction Could Kill Me. Is There Any Particular Medication That Is Safest For A Person Like Me?
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What Are Good Jobs For People With Bipolar Disorder?
I Have Bipolar 1 And I Have No Idea About What Kind Of Job Is Suitable For My Condition. I Was Going To Be A Cop In The Air Force But My Diagnosis Got Me Discharged. I'M A 23 Year Old Male. What Are Some Good Jobs For My Condition?
Jobs which are quiet where you can control your environment e.g., accounting. Stay away from jobs which are stressful by their very nature - which pretty much entails any job dealing with the public. Any job where you have no control over what you do and when you do it will cause stress which can cause you to become unable to function.
I was a social security claims rep for 32 years - it was a high stress job as we had no control over how we could do our work and when we could get to it. We spent the majority of our time interviewing with very little time left in which to process the workloads. Far too many days I would set out ten folders with the intent to work them and find at the end of the day I was lucky if I could work just one due to interviews and constant phone interruptions. It triggered my bipolar disorder and after ten years I was unable to continue working and left on a disability - lots of people I worked with contributed to the employment of the psychiatric community as well as the pharmaceutical companies.
As far as drugs are concerned I think that's up to the individual - I don't think I would have been able to have worked for those ten years after diagnosis without them but, in the end, they just weren't enough. As bad as I was I believe it would have been even worse without them. It took many, many years after I stopped working (15 years ago) before I reached a level of what is now my "normal" and after my psychiatrist retired and I couldn't find a new one I've found that, on the whole, I can do without my meds. Although I will admit that I've been unusually depressed the past six or so months and wonder if I would do better with some medicated assistance. I've been half-heartedly calling various offices to find one which is taking on new patients without any luck so far. I suspect I could use some meds to get me out of this slump I'm currently in.
Do I Really Have Bipolar Disorder Or; What's Wrong With This Picture?
I Wrote Too Much For Most To Read - But My Disease Is My Life And It's All I Have Left. It Has Taken Everything I Care About And Torn It Too Shreds And It Leaves Me Alone To Sit And Think About It.
Read This And Tell Me What You Think I Need To Get Better, Because God Knows I Don't Know What That Is....
I Hate Thinking About My Problems. I've Found It A Lot Easier Over The Years To Just Ignore Them. Things Were Always Difficult For Me... I Didn't Go To Kinder Garden And Pre School Because All I Would Do Was Cry And Struggle With Just Being There. I Saw "Experts" When I Was Very Little - They Tried To Figure Out What Was Wrong With Me; In The End, No One Figured It Out. Eventually, I Got Old Enough To Stop Crying (In Public) But Remained Home Schooled For All Of My Childhood. I Skipped Most Of My Childhood. I Didn't Have Many Friends Or Activities Except For Some Sports Growing Up.
So, Now I'm 22 And For The Last 2 1/2 Years I've Rarely Left My Room. I've Gained And Lost 25 Pounds. I've Started Seeing A Therapist And A Psychiatrist For The Last Year (Well, Therapist For Only A Few Months) And I've Been Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder.
I Can Recall 1 Manic Episode In My Entire Life. Just One. And It Just Happened A Few Months Ago. It Is The Only Time I've Felt Good In As Long As I Can Remember. For Two Weeks I Was Accelerating. I Went Faster And Faster. I Should Say I Was Running 4 Miles A Day Every Day And My Resting Heart Rate Was Decreasing, Slowly. But The Acceleration Changed Me. My Resting Heart Rate Went From 70 To 80, 90, 100; It Peaked At Around 117 As An Average Over Several Visits To The Doctor. By That Point I Wasn't Sleeping At All. 5 Straight Days Without Sleep. Most Of My 25 Pounds That I Lost Came In Thst Two Week Period. In The End, I Took Lots Of Seroquel And Now It's Down To More Human Normal Numbers.
Now That The Mania Has Ended I've Fallen Back Into Despair. I Walk Past The Guns In A Walmart And Just Stare At Them. I Imagine Buying A Revolver And Going To Somewhere Beautiful Where I Can Be Alone. I Think About Aiming It At My Chest, Just Off Center To The Left. I Want To End It, But That Thought Has Been With Me For A While. It Makes Me Feel Better Just To Imagine It. But I Have Been A Bad Person And I Tell Myself There's Nothing Better For Me On The Other Side.
I'm Trying To Paint Picture That You Can See In This Small Space So That You Can Understand What's Really Wrong With Me. Because I Don't Know What Is. But I Know It Will Kill Me Sooner Or Later And I'm Getting Desperate For Answers.
I Could Talk More About My Symptoms But I'll Just List 3 That Stick Out.
First, My Memory Has Faded. At It's Worst, I Don't Remember My Middle Name Or Birthdate But Usually It's Just Trivial Things Like Where I Put A Glass Of Water Or My Wallet.
Second, I Have No Libido At All. It's Gone Along With My Need For Contact With Other People On A Personal Level.
Third, I Don't Ever Get Hungry Which Would Make Eating Right Easy If I Didn't (Only Sometimes) Stuff My Face With Food To Distract Myself From Myself.
From Day To Day I Go Between Overwhelming Anxiety To Empty Hopelessness. My Mind Can Be Overrun With Intrusive Thoughts That Tell Me I'm Going To Fail And That There's Nothing To Do But End It.
I Don't Walk Around In Dark Clothes With A Worthless Frown On My Face Trying To Call Attention To My Sadness Like Some Do. I Do My Best To Hide My Illness. I Am So Ashamed Of Myself. I Don't Like Being Seen Or Looking At Myself In A Mirror. But I've Digressed Enough...
Tell Me Something. My Original Question Seems Irrelevant Now.
If You Read This Then I'm Glad To Know There Are People Who Care Or Are Interested.
I read your question and, believe it or not, it wasnt really that long.
My son, who is 22, was diagnosed on 9/11/07 with bipolar with manic tendencies. To make a long story short he went up to school, dropped out, bought a store, exhausted his life savings and attempted to walk 450 miles home while carrying a drawer full of wires while chanting how he was going to take over the world. He was put on a plethora of drugs from abilify to zyprexa and every other bipolar drug in the middle. He was in and out of SEVEN Mental Hospitals since then.
When he was manic, he didnt eat, sleep. He ran three marathons. The last marathon he ran, his shoes fell apart during the last two miles and he ran with no shoes on. He took everything from inside the house and put it on the front lawn under the guise that it was a garage sale. Articles were even on the roof and needless to say, he didnt sell much if anything. We took the car away from him in fear that something would happen so he got on a fold-up bike and rode it out on the island some 50 miles away in the pouring rain. We found him and brought him home. I could go on but I think you get the point
He seems to be doing very well lately. He was put on risperdal consta which is a shot he gets every two weeks. He was non-compliant with his meds. He lost almost every friend he had and we are now trying to put together the pieces of his life. I still dont know where half the things around my house are but I am hopeful because he is better and not manic anymore.
My suggestion to you would be to go to the doctor and get the right mix of meds for U so you DO NOT have to feel the way you describe above. You are worth it. Make those doctors listen to U and get a pro active stance on your health and bipolar issues. You DONT have to live like that anymore. Also get a therapist to point out to you the triggers and what to look out for.
Good luck. I wish you the very best. If you want or need to know anything else, please feel free to email me.
Can Bipolar Disorder Just "Go Away"?
I Have Bipolar I Disorder. However, I've Been Off My Medication For Some Time Due To Pregnancy And I've Been Feeling Great. I Have Gone Times Without Medication And Done Fine - But It Always Has Come Back. Is There Every Hope For Me That I Don't Have To Go Back On Medication Again? Or Am I Always Going To Have To Live With This?
I am in the same boat as you. bp, pregnant and feeling great. unfortunately bp doesn't just go away. Its something we have to learn to live with. My Dr have already warned me that after i have the babies my bp swings are going to hit hard and i may have to go back on meds for awhile. The best thing to do is track your moods. (when not pregnant) and figure out what your swing pattern is and try to change it to a positive not a neg.
There is hope that you dont ever have to go on meds again. I haven't been on meds for almost a year. I figured out what worked for me and how my swings were and i changed it.. I found things that kept my mind in one place. keeping things organized was a big help to me. and my husband can tell when i am "in the zone" and he just backs up gives me my space if not i will argue about the color of the paint on the walls. have confidants in your self.. and tell your self your in control. Its so much better to be med/zombie free 🙂 Good luck!
Going From Depression To Manic Stages Of Bipolar Disorder In A Day? ?
I Have Seen 1 Therapist And Even He Thinks Its Strange, But My Understanding Is That You Usually You Have At Least A Week Or Month Of One Stage Then The Next. For Me I Show Symptoms Of Both In Sometimes Only 1 Day...This Likely Or Can It Be Possibly Something Else? (Ex. Wake Up Very Depressed, Go To School...Feel Lonely And Tired, Hate Life....Then By Maybe 5Th Hour...Feal Extremely Happy And Seek Much Attention...Very Talkattive And Sometimes Racing Thoughts. Then By Night Time Very Pissed And Irritable....Break Things.. Hurt Myself...Ect. Then The Next 3 Days I May Feal Pretty Good. Totally Random That I Make Videos Of Myself When Happy To Try To Help Keep Myself Calm When Mad. No One Does Anything To Do These...Every Day Is The Same, Just Like A Totally Different Person From One Day To The Next.)
Yes, it's a normal Bipolar Disorder symptom. Sounds like rapid cycling. Or possibly a mixed episode. Here is a website for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_dis...
Is It Possible For A Bipolar Disorder Individual To Have Severe Paranoia,?
The Reason I'M Wondering Is Because... A Mental Facility Thought I Had Severe Paranoia And Bipolar Disorder. Not Only Do I Have Severe Paranoia, Bipolar.. I Also Have Adhd And A Mild Form Of Autism. I'Ve Never Been Diagnosed With Schizophrenia, But Some Of My Family Have Been Previously Diagnosed As Schizophrenic. Does This Mean I Have Schizophrenia As Well, If I Do Not Have Hallucinations, Delusions, But Just Have The Severe Paranoia? I Hope Not. I Just Hope The Paranoia Is From Bipolar, But Most Of The Time When Paranoia Or Paranoid Is Mentioned- People Think Of Schizophrenia. Why Is This?
Paranoia is not a psychological disorder. Bipolar disorder is a psychological disorder, and paranoia is a symptom of that. I think they either misspoke or you misheard because paranoia is not a disorder, it a symptom. Perhaps they meant to say that paranoia is a severe symptom which is contributing to the bipolar disorder. It's just a symptom, and it's a symptom of several disorders, ranging from the mild to severe disorders.
However, it is impossible for you to have both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. There are, according to the DSM-IV, three basic structures for the way the mind works: neurotic, psychotic, and borderline. Bipolar disorder is neurotic, and schizophrenia is psychotic. It's absolutely contradictory and no reputable psychiatrist would diagnose with you both. If you have bipolar disorder, you cannot have schizophrenia. It's either one or the other.
Rest assured, just because they mentioned paranoia doesn't mean you are schizophrenic. In fact, being bipolar is actually good compared to other disorders. The neurotic classification (which is what bipolar disorder falls under) tends to have the best prognosis of them all. You are not schizophrenic just because you have paranoid symptoms stemming from bipolar disorder. Relax!
What Is Depression And Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. In bipolar disorder a person has mood swings from depression to mania which have to last 4-7 days each to be diagnosed but generally last weeks or months at a time. I developed bipolar when I was 15 and diagnosed at 18, when I was depressed I would sleep constantly, cry, self harm, wouldn't leave bed for days, didn't eat, wash, dress, constantly felt suicidal, hopeless and worthless, withdrew myself from family and friends and stopped going to school. This lasted for 6 months. Then I switched into mania when I was constantly full of energy, didn't sleep for days and if I did I would sleep up to 3 hours only, went out every night abusing alcohol and drugs, got into meaningless relationship, had sex with strangers, spent every penny I had and even stole from my mum, shop lifted, racing thoughts, aggressive and irritable, psychotic when I would hallucinate and be delusional to the point I stabbed myself and almost my boyfriend, I was constantly doing one thing to the next and I nearly failed college. This lasted for 4 months.
Can A Manic Phase In Bipolar Disorder Cause Crying?
I Was Recently Diagnosed With Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder. I'Ve Currently Been In A Manic Phase (So My Doctor Says As Of Our Last Meeting Yesterday). Today I Had This Weird Episode And I Don'T Really Know What To Make Of It. I'Ve Had A Lot Of Stuff To Do Lately And Kept Feeling Like I Was Being Pulled In A Million Directions. I Kept Hearing My Own Voice Just Screaming And Raising Hell Inside My Head For A Few Hours. I Got So Frustrated With That That I Just Broke Down Crying. Now A Little While Later I'M Back Up And Chipper, And I Can Feel My Mood Elevating Again. Although I'M A Rapid-Cycler, I Know That I Don'T Cycle From Manic-Depressive-Manic In That Way. Could The Frustration/Sudden Outburst In Crying Be Due To A Manic Episode? I Just Thought It Was Weird That I Got So Upset And Weepy When I'M Supposedly In A Manic Phase. Maybe My Doctor'S Wrong In My Diagnosis Since This Doesn'T Follow Typical Manic Symptoms?
It sounds like you had a panic attack. I'm also very recently diagnosed as type one bipolar and have felt like you described. Like I could hear myself screaming and wanting to pull my hair our. I was very manic at the time it happened (less than a month ago) and I had a panic attack in the middle of my manic phase. I am already starting to feel the mania taking over again and hope I don't have another panic attack, it was an awful feeling. Also, yes, I cried and was an emotional mess during and right after my last attack.
I hope someone has a better answer for you, I feel like I can barely form a complete sentence right now.
Do You Agree With The General Stigma On Bipolar Disorder?
I Often Hear Many People Say That Bipolar I Is 'More Severe' Than Bipolar Ii, But I'M Not Sure Of The Accuracy Of This Statement (I Don'T Think It'S Stated As Such In The Dsm Iv, But I Could Be Wrong Off Hand). I Thought That One Was Manic Bipolar And One Was Depressant Bipolar, And That The Difference Was In Which State The Person Is Most In Rather Than On The Severity Of The Disease. Is This Observation Correct Or Is One Really More Severe Than The Other? Does It Just Depend On Your Definition Of 'Severe', I.E. Manic Bipolars Have A Tendency To Hurt Themselves With Grandeur Thoughts, But Depressant Bipolars May Attempt Suicide Multiple Times/Succeed?
(I Also Posted This In Psychology, But It Seems Like A Lot Of People Are Just There To Do Homework)
Some psychiatrists reckon that Bipolar II is more severe!
They can't seem to stick to any theory - lol.
Both types can hurt themselves when manic/hypomanic and in depressive states.
There is such a fine line between the two now. Alot of docs now consider bipolar a spectrum. In other words from 1 to 10, you can fall anywhere in between. Have a little of this and a little of that. You don't have to be a perfect 1 or a perfect 10 to identify you.
For instance, you can have bipolar II with depression and psychotic behavior. Psychotic behavior before was classified only for bipolar I's. It has changed.
They should just call it bipolar or go back to the original manic-depression!
When Do You Think It Is A Good Idea For Someone To Go To A Inpatient Treatment Center?
I Have A Friend Who Has An Eating Disorder, Self Harms, Is Bipolar And Has An Anxiety Disorder.. She Is Also Suicidal At Times Because Of The Bipolar.. Would I Be A Good Idea For Her To Go To An Inpatient Treatment Center For A While? How Long?
If she is bipolar she needs to be on her meds. It is very difficult for people who are bipolar to have a normal life and normal thoughts without their meds. The problem is that most of them don't like how they feel on meds so they don't take them.
Being in a treatment center - especially for the eating disorder - may be a good thing depending on how they treat their patients. She does need a doctor though and maybe you can help convince her to get help because it hurts you to see her hurt herself.
My best friend from college and first roommate turned out to be bipolar. She refuses to take her meds and goes off on a number of things when we are together so that I cannot be around her anymore. It is very sad as she ended up doing many, many bad things when she first became ill. It landed her in jail for a while.
Good luck with your friend. Hopefully you can help her catch it soon enough before it gets too bad.
Borderline Personality Disorder Vs Bipolar?
I Am Currently A Student Double-Majoring In Psych And Biochem. But I Have Just Been Diagnosed With Either Bipolar Or Borderline Personality? How Is It Either? I'M Slightly Confused To Say The Least. The Problem Is It Would Be Rapid Cycling Bi-Polar And I Am A Mess When It Comes To Memory Because I Also Have Severe Adhd. Ug. Can Someone Give Me A Little More Clarification? Any Input Is Really Appreciated. Should I See Another Psychologist/Psychiatrist. My Mother Is A Psychologist--But I Really Don'T Feel Comfortable Talking To Her About These Things.
You have to understand difference between personality disorder and a psychiatric disorder. Personality disorder is part of your personality and difficult to cure as against psychiatric disorders are due to chemical imbalance in brain and can be cured.
BPD is one of the most challenging personality disorder and can be controlled. It becomes very difficult many times to diffrentiate between BPD and Bipolar disorder. You should see a competent and experienced psychiatrist , unfortunately psychologist may not be able to do proper differential diagnosis.
If You Have Schizophrenia Or Bipolar Disorder...?
I'M Considering Going Back To My Therapist. I Am About 18, And I Take 100Mg Of Zoloft Every Day For Anxiety Disorder.
If You Have Ever Been Diagnosed With Either Of These Things Or Know Someone Who Has, What Were Your Early Signs And Symptoms?
Everyone has moods like those of Bipolar Disorder....... because everyone has mood swings, momentary loss of judgment, likes to go shopping, likes sex, feels down sometimes, gets angry now and then and is hyper on occasion. The difference is that all of these symptoms in Bipolar are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function. Think of a pole (biPOLEr) with 0 at the center (0 being normal) and 10 at one end (manic) and -10 at the other (deep depression). Most people have swings but stay within 3 to -3. I have fairly severe Bipolar 1 but since my psychosis is mild I go from -9 to 9.... Also depression that comes and goes is not bipolar but just recurring depression, you have to have mania for it to be Bipolar..... you have to go to both ends of the pole.
Rapidly changing emotions or becoming angry or sad easily is not all there is to Bipolar. That is just having emotions. People with Bipolar Disorder do not just change emotions quickly, they go through periods of depression followed by periods of mania or elevated mood. Mood affects everything about you.... your energy level, self esteem, sleep patterns, appetite, sexuality, emotional response, judgment, etc..... not just your emotions. And while rapid cycling is possible, it is rare. The average person with Bipolar only cycles two or three times a year. It is considered rapid cycling if they cycle 4 or more times in a year.
While everyone with Bipolar has a different set of symptoms and a different severity of symptoms, this is what Bipolar is like for me:
Depression - too tired to get out of bed, shower, even to brush my teeth. Cry all the time, sleep 16 hours a day. Feelings of self loathing and guilt that drive me to think of suicide but I'm to tired to even think about how to go about killing myself. It makes you feel small and worthless and completely insignificant. It makes you think about how big the world is and how meaningless you are in it..... and it refuses to let you have any good thoughts or see any good things.... when you look in the mirror all you see is pain, you don't even see yourself, you don't taste your favorite foods anymore, see that flowers are blooming, whether or not the sun is out, you become so inward that you hardly even notice your surroundings..... You don't even feel love for people anymore.... positive thoughts are just not possible...... it is a deep dark hole with no way out and no light for hope.... and most of all it makes you feel sooooo alone. And even if there were someone who cared about you they would be better off if you killed yourself....... because all you will ever be is a burden....... this can last from a couple of weeks to a couple of years.
Mania - Way too happy! PARTY GIRL! love drink and drugs. Talk really fast and pressured because my thoughts are going faster than my mouth can keep up with. Hypersexual - like I sleep with strangers and guys I just met on the internet or I masturbate 10 times a day. I once became bisexual because there were twice as many people to sleep with. down load porn and spend tons of money on sex toys. Spending sprees..... I once spent my mortgage money on african violets, yep, $1500 on African violets (then I got depressed and let them all die). Quit my job because I wanted my vacation pay for lottery tickets and I was so convinced I would win that I started shopping and writing bad checks because I'd be rich as soon as the numbers were drawn. Decided that I could replace the furnace in my home by myself... I mean how hard can it be..... Only sleep 2 or maybe 3 hours a night for months on end and never feel tired. In the end I was unemployed, $30,000 in debt, and had almost lost my home, which needed a new furnace because I had removed the old one.. or parts of it anyway. This can last for months.
I also have mixed states when I am depressed and manic at the same time which are truly the worst... By body and mind are depressed but there is this undercurrent of energy running all the time..... I'm highly emotional but the emotions tend to be negative (guilt and anger) I have intrusive thoughts and urges to mutilate myself (like wanting to stick my hands in the garbage disposal or cooking them on the BBQ), and I also have psychotic episodes where I hallucinate. This is when I am most suseptible to suicide because I am depressed, wanting to hurt myself, and I have the mental energy to plan and carry it out.