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.
Whats Is The Difference Between Adhd N Bipolar Disorder ?
ADHD is a psychological disorder charactered by either inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity that must have been persistend for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level. Some of the symptoms causing impairment were present beofre age 7. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings. There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning. Occurance is not exclusively during the course of a PDD, Schisophrenia or tother psychotic disorder. .. there are 3 types. predominantly huperactive type, predominantly inattentive type and combimed type.
Bipolar disorder is a serious illness. It can make a person’s normal moods seem extreme. It used to be called manic depression. People with bipolar disorder have mood swings. Their moods can swing from very low (depression) to very high (mania). Bipolar disorder sometimes is confused with other types of depression. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness. But today there are many treatments. People with bipolar disorder should ask their healthcare provider about the best way to keep their moods from swinging too far one way or the other. bipolar disorder, or manic depression, each mood swing is called an “episode.” There are 4 main types of mood episodes that people with bipolar disorder can have: Depression — Depression is when people with bipolar disorder feel very sad. Sometimes this can go on for a long period of time. They may not even want to get out of bed or eat. They don’t enjoy doing things they used to do. Mania — Mania is the other side of bipolar disorder. Mania may start with a good feeling, almost like a “high.” Or it may make a person feel very irritable and angry. People with mania may do very risky things. Hypomania — Hypomania is a milder form of mania. It can make people feel good. They may think they are getting more things done. But the “feel good” stage can change into mania or depression. Hypomania is different from mania because it doesn’t get in the way of things like work or family. It sometimes is not even noticed as a problem. Mixed mood — This is when feelings of mania and depression go back and forth quickly, sometimes even in the same day.
What Is Acute Mania In Bipolar Disorder?
It means that at the time (of diagnosis) you are presenting with mania.
Mania = feeling great, like you can conquer the world, your mind is racing out of control, you talk fast, you are busy, you start things, but don't finish them, sex is awesome, you drive fast, you are reckless.....
Get the idea....
How Can You Get Help For A Bipolar Disorder?
I Think Im Bipolar.. And Im Kind Of In Denial. But I Was Forced To Take An Online Test..
Heres The Link.
And My Score Was 47.
I Think I Need Help, But Im Scared.. So Can Anyone Tell Me How They Help You?
An online test isn't the best way of getting a diagnosis but it can give you enough food for thought to make serious enquiries about getting a professional diagnosis.
Ask your doc for a referrral to the psychiatrist for assessment for bipolar. It may take a while to get an appointment if there are no severe or serious symptoms right now. They will ask you why you think you have this so write down all the symptoms you have that indicate bipolar. They will ask some additional; questions abouty lifestyle, drugs, alcohol, relationships, work, job etc and family history of mental illness.
If trhe psych agrees it's bipolar or at least a mood disorder that needs treating you will be given a mood stabiliser. Lithium is the older most well known treatment but no many start instead on anti-epilepsy drugs as they work well on moods. It may take a while to work or the first one may not be ideal or have side effects so try a few to get the best one.
The psych will only see you for medication and diagnosis and follow ups are geared to making the meds the best they can be. It would be helpful to get a talking therapy as well. Ask if there is any counselling available - maybe a long wait for that as well I'm afraid. Ask about, churches, free sessions or ones on what you can afford. A number of counsellors will do a few fereew sessions a week for those with no chancde of getting any treatment elsewhere.
What Resources Are Available For Spouses Of People With Bipolar Disorder?
My Wife Was Diagnosed With Manic/Bipolar Disorder Six Years Ago And We Are Still Struggling To Find All Aspects Of Stability. It Is Finally Taking A Severe Emotional Toll On Me And I Worry That I Will Spend The Rest Of My Life As More Of A Caregiver Than A Spouse. Our Marriage Is In Trouble.
In Working To Help Her Deal And Live With Mental Illness, I Worry That I Have Not Found Adequate Coping Skills To Help Me Deal With The Illness As Well. Sometimes I Feel Like The Spouse Of Someone With Alzheimer'S--Watching Helplessly From The Outside As We Become Less And Less Recognizable To One Another.
I Empathize With Those Who Suffer From Mental Illness. What Of Their Spouses? What Resources Are Available To Us So That We Also Can Retain A Measure Of Mental Health And Help Our Loved Ones Find The Balance They Need?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness sponsors Family to Family programs for relatives of people with mental illness. Check with http://www.nami.org for the nearest chapter in your community. NAMI works to advocate for the mentally ill and to de-stigmatize mental illness.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is a support group for people who suffer from bipolar disorder and/or depression and their loved ones. Check with http://www.dbsalliance.com for a chapter near you.
Can I Still Go To The Usafa With A History Of Depression?
I Am 14 And Have Decided That I Want To Join The Air Force And Go To The Academy, After Which I Want To Become A Fighter Pilot. I Have Recently Been Diagnosed With Depression And I Am Currently On Prozac. With This On My Record, Will I Still Be Able To Join?
Military Medical Standards for Enlistment & Commission
Mental Health Conditions
The disqualifying medical conditions are listed below. The International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes are listed in parentheses following each standard.
The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction (without an approved waiver) are an authenticated history of:
Current mood disorders including, but not limited to, major depression (296.2–3), bipolar (296.4–7), affective psychoses (296.8–9), depressive not otherwise specified (311), are disqualifying.
History of mood disorders requiring outpatient care for longer than 6 months by a physician or other mental health professional (V65.40), or inpatient treatment in a hospital or residential facility is disqualifying.
History of symptoms consistent with a mood disorder of a repeated nature that impairs school, social, or work efficiency is disqualifying.
Current or history of adjustment disorders (309) within the previous 3 months is disqualifying.
Are There Any Treatments For Bipolar Disorder Other Than Medication?
A Few Months Ago I Was Diagnosed With Having Bipolar Disorder. However, For Various Reasons, I'M Unable To Take Any Medication Or Visit A Psychiatrist, Or Anything Of The Sort.
I'M Noticing My Mood Swings Are Beginning To Become More And More Severe, And I Know I'M Putting Myself In Danger Again. Is There Anything I Can Do To Help Keep My Mood Stable And Reduce Dark Thoughts?
I Feel Like I'M Fighting A Battle Unarmed, And I Need Some Reinforcements.
I'm not sure why you can't (or won't) take medications. There are so many good ones out there that if one doesn't work, there are others you can try. If money is the problem, you can contact Nami (nami.org) and be referred to a low to no-cost clinic for treatment. If you're part of a religious group (such as scientology) where psychiatry is frowned upon, you can still get treatment - just do it covertly. I know that my psychiatrist has treated scientologist patients for OCD.
One non-medical way to help ease some of bipolar's symptoms is to keep a routine schedule and make sure you are getting enough sleep. Too little sleep tends to cause us to go manic. Avoid caffeine as well, it can also trigger mania -- although I'll be honest that I'm a total coffee junkie much to my doctor's chagrin.
Please be careful, bipolar is a very serious medical disorder and can wreak havoc on your life - and the lives of those closest to you. When manic I have picked huge fights with my closest friends, spent exorbitant amounts of money on useless things (I started a fosill collection!) to the point I couldn't pay bills and rent and was evicted! And the flip side - the depression can be so intense we often attempt to take our lives.
I hope that this helps and you are welcome to contact me via email (in my profile) if you have particular questions not answered here.
Can Bipolar Disorder Be Treated Without A Psychologist Or Taking Medicine?
Can be treated by an internal medicine doc or psychiatrist, psychologists can't write prescriptions. The disorder is biologically based and needs meds to correct the neurotransmitter imbalance in the brain. go to effexor.com or wellbutrin.com and reviews phases of depression. It's a serious illness , but when controlled the person can achieve success in life. You can't will it away any more than you can will away diabetes or any other illness. Hope this helps.
Is Natural Herbal Healing Better Then Medication For Bipolar?
I Was Diagnosed Bipolar A While Back And I Am Wondering If There Are Other Forms Of Treatment And If There'S A Cure For Bipolar Disorder.
There is no cure for bipolar disorder (BPD). Like other mental disorders, it may go through periods of being better or worse, but it will never go away completely.
Herbal treatments are not the best line of defense against BPD, because they do not address the root of the problem, which is an imbalance in your brain chemistry. St. John's Wort is sometimes used to treat depression and can be mildly effective, and other herbs like passionflower and kava kava are sometimes used, but none of them are a good treatment for a disorder like BPD.
Mood stabilizers like lithium and Depakote are usually used to treat BPD because they are normally the most effective. Nobody is really sure HOW mood stabilizers work, other than that they in some way alter the chemistry of the brain and do just what their name implies... stabilize the mood.
Lithium was actually discovered by accident; it is a salt and used to be added to table salt (as well as 7up, back in the 1940s), until scientists began noticing the positive effects it had on mood. More research went into the salt, and they inadvertently discovered a drug that, for reasons really still unknown to this day, proved an effective treatment for the manic-depressive highs and lows of BPD.
If mood stabilizers don't work, sometimes antidepressants (SSRIs) are used, particularly in people who have Bipolar II which is defined as the depressive lows of BPD, with much less intense manic episodes. Therapy is also an important part of BPD treatment, and in combination, psychotherapy and medication is the best way to treat the disorder and live a happy, productive life.
Genetic Risk Of Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder?
If I Have An Aunt (Father'S Sister) Who Suffers From Both Schizophrenia And Bipolar, Does That Put Me At A Greater Risk Of Developing One Or Both? I'M In My Late 20S And Do Suffer From Social Anxiety Already. Thanks In Advance!
Indeed yes. There is a high risk for developing bipolar disorder if one of your family member has it. I know this since I've read a lot in regards of it. Furthermore, there is definitely a link between genetics and development of mental illnesses and so forth. I have been diagnosed with bipolar one and I've inherited from my parents. However that doesn't necessary means that you can develop it. People usually obtain bipolar from a stressful lifestyle or a traumatic episode. Thereby the only thing that remains is whether or not your are genetic developed to obtain that disorder. So lets make this simple. If are you under any stressful situations or traumatic episodes you are then in a higher risk of developing it.
In addition, scientist has also shown a significant research regarding vitamin d deficiency and the the developmental of bipolar disorder. The reason why vitamin d deficiency and bipolar occurs is due to the fact that the t cells never gets to activate in your imune system. And once this is transpiring in your imune system it can lead to depression, sickness, manic depression, and so forth. Thats basically the reason why it is so extremely important to absorb enough vitamin d inside yourself. You are in a high risk of developing bipolar if don't get enough vitamin d inside yourself.
Is Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder And Severe Psychosis Enough For A 1-Way Ticket To Switzerland ?
Just When I Think I'M Getting Better It Gets 100 Times Worse. I'M Probably Going To Be On Mind Numbing Meds For The Rest Of My Life And Spend A Lot Of Time In Hospital Too. I'M 16 And I Miss A Lot Of School But The Time I Spend In There Is A Living Hell. The Closest Thing I Have To A Friend In There Is My English Teacher. Most Of The Other Students Either Bully The **** Out Of Me For Being A 'Poof' Or A 'Schizo' And The Rest Ignore Me. My Parents Hate Me But I Hate Them Too So It'S Fine. Basically, I Don'T Think This Life Is Worth Living And I'D Rather Take My Chances With Death. I'Ve Know A Bit About Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide And I'Ve Heard It'S Legal In Switzerland For People Who Are Terminally Ill Or Who Are Paralysed Etc. Would I Qualify ? Of Course I'D Probably Have To Wait Till I'M Over 18 And You Might Say Just Jump Off A Cliff Or Take A Few Pills Or Something, But I Can'T. I'M Under Constant Suicide Watch, But If I Legally Take My Life Through Euthanasia They Can'T Stop Me Can They ?
No. Like others have said, it is only for people already dying of physical illnesses.
I've been in your shoes. I have the same conditions as you, probably a similar onset.
But it doesn't have to turn out the way you think it will...
Mind numbing meds - they are improving the meds all the time, and you will get to point where your doses are lower and don't have many side effects. You might have to try a lot of meds before you find one that is right for you
Lot of time in hospital - No. You spend the most time in the hospital in the first few years of your illness. People used to be put in hospitals for long periods of time for schizophrenia/bipolar, but not anymore. The vast majority of people with these conditions can be treated outpatient with a lot of success
Parents hate me - I don't know if this is true, but I highly doubt it. They love you and are frustrated with your illness and the challenges it adds to all of your lives. They are watching their son grapple with a terrible disorder, and it does make family ties trying. Once you are in a better place mentally, the relationship can start to repair
Kids at school - Yeah, this is a tough one. It's really difficult to attend school and have mental issues. The best thing to do is ignore the kids entirely or completely own up to your issues...People now laugh about my problems on my terms (self-deprecating humor, etc). See if you can find other students dealing with mental health issues. I have found that really helpful to me and have made lots of friends through a treatment group for teens with mental illness.
Suicide watch - It will pass and you will feel better.
I thought my life was over when I developed my problems and soon after starting treatment. It ended all my dreams and my social life..But I have rebuilt it over the past year and have been stable for one year.
If you any questions, you can email me through my profile. Good luck.
Does Anyone Out There Have Some Tips On Natural Ways To Treat Bipolar Disorder? Foods, Vitamins, Etc.?
Please bear in mind that no two people are the same, so there's no way to be certain the things that help one person will help another. That said, I've heard a lot of good things about the combination of Omega-3 fatty acids, exercise, and B vitamins for people who suffer from bipolar disorder.
Where To Find Most Up-To-Date Studies/Finds On Mental Disorders?
Specifically, Bipolar Disorder.
Psychological journals (scholarly articles). Anything from the APA. The DSM IV-tr is the most recent psychiatric diagnostic manual.
How To Get Checked For Bipolar Disorder?
I listed some websites below that will help you decide if you have bipolar disorder, but it doesn't sound like you do from the small amount you have said.
Being a jerk and hurting others feelings is not a symptom of bipolar disorder, it is indicative that you do not have much empathy for your fellow human beings. Before you jump to conclusions that people are doing things to "hurt" or "anger" you, you need to put yourself in their shoes and see if there are logical explanations for their actions. If you ask questions before jumping to conclusions, you will find in the overwhelming majority of cases, people are not trying to hurt or anger you.
Next time you get the impulse to angry text, I recommend you count to 10 slowly, then accept ownership for your own anger and not take it out on others. Get therapy if you can't do it alone, because you are right, if you continue to treat people poorly, you will end up without good people in your life.
Bipolar Disorder: Does It Cause Lying, Cheating, Or Stealing?
My Husband Of 6 Years, Was Unofficialy Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder, A Year Ago. He Lies Cheats And Steals And Blames It On His Disorder. He Seen A Counselor And They Said He Is Bipolar And He Never Went Back To Get On Meds Or Counseling. He Is A 40 Yr Old Man And Has Been Complaining Of The Same Symptoms For At Least 20 Years.
bi polar disorder refers to mood swings which are related with the neurochemicall activity in brain. briefly, there is a neurotrasnmitter chemical which helps to provide the transmission between neurons in our brain. in case of bi polar disorder, this chemical begins not to work out, in other words it becomes less functional to transfer electrical signals in our brain. that is why the mood swings occur. however, the mood swings have 2 side : manic and depressive. the depressive period is longer at some cases, it depends on person to person. it might be genetical, for example, if parents have bi polar disorder, their chidlren are at risk 50%. the suicide risk is %20 at bi polar disorder, so try to convince him to go counselling. the transmission from one mood to another usually follow the same period of time, when the depression period is close the person begins to smoke much, begins to be less talkative, begins to stay alone, fees tired, etc.
it is usually seen at the begining of the 20s both women and men (; your husband's at 40s so his disorder began at 20s.) it is very rare disorder though, it is seen about 2%-1% in society, as far as i remember.
there are two main mood swings, at manic period, for instance, the person wants to spend more money, his sexual desire increases. i m not sure if it is right to compare with it but similarly, the borderlines have typical extreme behaviours like manic period of bi polars, for example, the borderlines take more risks, such as unprotected sex, driving fast, using too much alchol, and they focus on their own motives at that time without thinkng the result of the behaviours.
you need to convince him to go counselling. it is the most difficult part though. the psychologists usually advises to go to counsellign especially the begning of the manic period.
hope thigns will be better, best wishes.
Natural Cures For Depression?
I'Ll Be 17 October 5Th And I'Ve Been Clinically Depressed For 3 Years. I Was Diagnosed But Never Put On Medication Because My Mother Didn'T Want A &Quot;Medded Up Kid.&Quot; I Now Don'T Have Any Insurance And I'Ve Been Having Manic Episodes Of Depression For The Last Year; I'M Insanely Happy And Through The Roof With Joy And Nothing Could Ever Hurt Me And Nothing Could Ever Get Me Down, Then In Two Minutes It Seems I'M So Low I Contemplate Suicide Just To End This Torturous Roller Coaster.
I Also Suffer With An Eating Disorder (For The Last Year And A Half) And I'M Becoming Desperate. Please Help Me. What Are Some Natural Cures For Depression??? Anything You Might Have Done? I'M Trying To Hold On, But This Is Just Getting To Be Too Much For Me. Please Help Me.
Aerobic exercise has been shown to be even better than antibiotics. That and a healthy diet. But you sound like you may be bipolar and you really need to see a doctor.