Bipolar episodes can be short or long. When ill, or symptomatic, most people with bipolar disorder spend more time in a depressed phase than a manic phase. Bipolar disorder may be managed with treatment.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition that can impact many important areas of your life. It can affect both how you feel and how you act, as well as the lives of the people closest to you. While most people begin to notice symptoms when they are in their teens or early 20s, bipolar disorder can occur at almost any age, and millions of people worldwide have been diagnosed with the illness. Even though bipolar disorder is a serious condition, with proper treatment, symptoms may be managed.
Bipolar disorder can cause extreme mood swings—from extreme highs, or “manic episodes,” to extreme lows, sometimes known as “depressive episodes” or simply “bipolar depression.” Between episodes, people may have mild symptoms or no obvious symptoms at all. But even when you’re feeling well, you still have bipolar disorder—it’s a lifelong condition. Episodes can last for days, weeks, months, and, rarely, years.
Bipolar depression can be difficult and disruptive
When they are ill or symptomatic, most people with bipolar disorder experience at least 3 times more depressive symptoms than manic or hypomanic (less severe manic) symptoms.
The symptoms of bipolar depression go beyond sad moods and bad days. They may be both physical and emotional and can throw your life off track.
Bipolar depression can be overwhelming
While symptoms of both depression and mania can cause problems for people with bipolar disorder, some research indicates that bipolar depression may have a greater impact for many people.
- Depressive episodes of bipolar disorder usually last longer than episodes of mania
- When ill or symptomatic, people with bipolar disorder generally spend more time in the depressive phase than they do in the manic or hypomanic phase
- The majority of suicides (attempted and completed) among people diagnosed with bipolar disorder occur during the depressive phase, or a mixed phase, of the illness
Bipolar disorder is treatable and manageable
The good news is that people with bipolar disorder are able to manage their symptoms. Feeling better typically involves a combination of education, medication, discussion, and professional consultation. There are many different medicines shown to be effective in people with bipolar disorder. In most cases, psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) is also used. People who struggle with this illness can lead a productive life with the proper bipolar disorder treatment plan.
Can A Person With Bipolar Disorder Borderline Schizophrenia Ever Get Better?
Are Mental Disorders Like Bipolar Disorder And Schizophrenia Curable?
not 100% curable but very treatable♦
Is Bipolar Disorder Real?
I Am Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder And Have Been Taking Risperidone For Medication...
I Feel Like I Am A Bit More In Control Of My Moodswings Now, But Now I'M Thinking Is Bipolar Disorder Even Real?
Perhaps I'M Just Getting Better Because Of Willpower Or The Thought That The Medication Is Working.
I Just Feel Like Bipolar Disorder Is Just Having A Hard Time Controlling Your Moods...
I Also Have A Psychotic Feature Which Is Paranoia, But Lately That'S Been Getting Better Too. I Don'T Know. I Just Feel Like It'S All Willpower Or Maybe I'M Just Discrediting The Medication.
Yes it is real. I suffer with Bipolar Disorder type 1 with psychotic features but have not yet found a medication combo that helps me so I am often in and out of hospital. You should give your medication credit, they can really help and most people do find medication that works 🙂
What Are The Causes Of Bipolar Disorder?
Is Depression One Of The Causes...??
depression is one half of bipolar disorder (the other half being mania). Often, bipolar patients first seek help for depression (either the manias are not severe, or the don't consider them 'a problem' because it feels good).
Bipolar disorder does have a strong genetic component (runs in families, some members may be more affected than others).
Trauma and brain injuries can also cause changes in brain functioning which can include bipolar disorder. The abuse of some types of drugs can cause similar changes (although one has to ask if the person had problems to start with).
Can Music Trigger Bipolar Disorder Or Stimulate Your Mind To Go Off Into Hyper Ot Deep Imagination Cause My Head Shakes And Body Moves And Heart Races And I Go Into Deep Imagination 🙁 This Normal?
That is not bipolar disorder. I don't know if it's normal, but it's not Bipolar. I see there's an element of mania there, but it's not a complete picture to make a diagnosis. You should do a bipolar disorder symptom check list. Here is one good, concise excerpt:
" What is Bipolar Mood Disorder?
Everyone experiences emotional ups and downs. Some people are more moody - they have bigger and more frequent ups and downs than others. For people with Bipolar Mood Disorder, mood swings become extreme. They swing from peaks of tremendous elation and excitement to terrible pits of despair and sadness. This used to be called "manic depression", or, more properly, Manic Depressive Illness. In Australia, approximately two out of every hundred people are affected. Bipolar Disorder is more common in people in their twenties.
Some people suffering from Bipolar Disorder do not experience the depressed episodes, although this is rare.
(Symptoms will vary from person to person)
Elevated moods – feeling very happy and having lots of energy
Not needing to sleep
Irritability and anger
Rapid thinking and speech
Lack of control. For example, buying things one doesn't need, having sex with lots of people
Lack of insight - not being aware that one's behaviour is out of control or extreme
- (Symptoms will vary from person to person)
Loss of interest in most things
Avoidance of simple tasks
Loss of appetite or weight
Inability to sleep
Feeling tired all the time
Inability to concentrate
Feeling worthless or guilty
Feeling that life is not worth living
People suffering from Bipolar Mood Disorder can still have normal moods. When the moods become extreme a person will need to see a doctor. "
Better yet, go to a doctor to be sure.
What Do You Think About Bipolar Disorder Blogs On Youtube? Give Me Your Serious Opinion.?
You Can Search My Blogs Under Bipolarundisclosed In The Search Engine On Youtube. Please Check Them Out And Comment. I Really Want To Know People'S Opinion About Bipolar Disorder.
I think that bipolar disorder blogs are cool. As long as people tell the truth.
Is There A Cure For Bipolar Disorder?
I'M Just Tired Of Being Called The Anguish And Grief In The Family Even My Sister Says If I Wasn'T Born My Family Would Be Picture Perfect I Just Want To Be Normal You Don'T Know How Envious I Am Over Normal Kids Who Go To Public School'S I Am Very Bipolar I Have Been Expelled From So Many Normal Schools It'S A Blurr To Me Like I Freak Out When I Don'T Get My Way I Lose It When I Get Bullied To Much But I Always Lose The Figh Because I Do Not Know How To Fight I Go To A Special School Called Silver Springs Martin Luther School For Special People I Have Depression I Feel Like Committing Suicide And Sometimes I Have Homocide Thoughts Towards People I Really Hate I Really Want To Be Normal I'Ve Hurt People I Had A Friend A Really Good One And One Day When We Were Jumping The On The Trampoline We Played A Game I Was Losing I Got So Mad I Bit Him And His Dad Told Me To Leave We Were Never Freinds Again I Pulled A Butcher Knife To A Little Girl My Sister Was Friends With My Sister Just Told Her All These Embarrassing Things About Me My Sister Saw Me Looking Out The Window And Smiled Evil I Have Been Through Many Mental Hospitals My Life Isn'T Great Sometimes I Just Wanna Escape My Past And Just Die Like Try To Picture Living All My Life And Then You Would Know My Pain I'Ve Seen Therapists They Don'T Help I Have Adhd I'M All Over The Place I'M A Mess I Just Want To Cure This Bipolar Disorder I Don'T Want It Anymore I Want To Live A Normal Life Please Can Anyone Help Me
my names Stephanie, I work within mental health as a care assistant however I am doing a diploma in social care and mental health studies.
first off you should know there is no cure however there are means of controlling bipolar.
Please please try not to dwell on what your family or anyone else for that matter have said that is really not a nice way to speak to anyone regardless on mental health or not you may have as my residents like calling them there "personal moments" that is mot your fault.
you have mentioned that you have suicidal thoughts and that you can be violent too others.
again please dont blame yourself this is something that you seriously need to seek medical advive on.
please also dont feel alone with this there are many forums for mental health and i urge you too use them to realise your not at all on your own trust me with the residents I work with there are many degrees of severity and i urge you too make sure you have been diagnosed correctly. bipolar along with many mental health illnesses are sometimes difficult to diagnose but please dont give up..
you are worth more than you think you are and i under stand how hard it is working with many different illnesses you need support not grief.
i hope you find some comfort....
if we were not different we would not be normal
What Is Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder .............?
What Is Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder
How Will That Will Help You Deal With Individuals That Are Afflicted With Such?
Schizophrenia is characterized by profound disruption in cognition and emotion, affecting the most fundamental human attributes: language, thought, perception, affect, and sense of self. The array of symptoms, while wide ranging, frequently includes psychotic manifestations, such as hearing internal voices or experiencing other sensations not connected to an obvious source (hallucinations) and assigning unusual significance or meaning to normal events or holding fixed false personal beliefs (delusions). No single symptom is definitive for diagnosis; rather, the diagnosis encompasses a pattern of signs and symptoms, in conjunction with impaired occupational or social functioning --> Source DSM-IV
Bipolar disorder is split into 2 different categories, Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2
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
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 Episodes.
Is Bipolar A Full Chromosomal Disorder? If So, Which Chromosome?
Is Bipolar A Full Chromosomal Disorder? If So, Which Chromosome? Also Is It A Sex-Linked Trait? Is It A Single Gene Problem? If So, Is It Dominant Or Recessive?
The genetics of bipolar disorder are not understood at this time. It is not a sex linked trait. It involves multiple genes, if it is even genetic, which is not proven at this time. It does appear to run in families, but identical twin study statistics were not calculated in the way you or I would do it, so the often cited stat that if one twin gets it, the other twin has about a 60% chance to get it is overstating the case by a good bit (I have not gone back to the original study to calculate this, and do not know if all the data is there in order to do that).
One major problem is that there may be MULTIPLE causes of bipolar. Mental illnesses are categorized by clusters of symptoms, and mis diagnosed more often than correcly diagnosed to boot, and this makes genetic research premature. Nevertheless, scientists waste taxpayer money on this pursuit. this would be like clustering all patients who have diarrhea together, and trying to look for a SINGLE cause, when there are many causes.
Some of these mental illnesses may even be caused by viruses, which researchers are looking at. Nobody knows. the problem where disorders may have multiple causes, and there may be people who have the same disorder but clusters of symptoms make them fall in different categories (that is, some people who are diagnosed bipolar and other diagnosed with schizophrenia, may have the same disorder in reality), makes it virtually impossible to do these genetics studies and I think it's stupid at this point.
I Was Wanting To Know If There Is Any New Medication To Treat Bipolar. I Have Been Diagnosed With Bipolar Many Years Ago And Took Differnt Meds And Nothing Seemed To Help. So I Stopped Taking Them. I Feel Pretty Bad Know And Would Like Some Advice On Any New Meds Or Maybe Just Som Good Advice. So If Any One Knows About Bipolar And Can Let Me Know Something It Would Help. I Do Not Want To Loose My Wife Due To My Condition. Thanks Alot
First of all, I have bipolar disorder, too. You say you've tried different meds. But there are other meds that you haven't tried yet. I would suggest that you see a psychiatrist. Please give another med(s) a chance to work for you. And if you feel better after being on them, don't think you can just stop taking them- it shows that they are doing their job. I am on Lamictal and Seroquel. And I can see a big difference in my moods (for the better). My dear hubby has seen the change in me, too. I'm hopeful that there is a med(s) out there that will work for you. Don't give up! Here is what has helped me cope with this disorder: seeing a psychiatrist and taking the prescribed meds, talking with a therapist, joining a bipolar support group, and listening to 20 minutes of guided relaxation daily (tape made by my therapist), and trying to keep a positive outlook on life. Our thoughts have a great impact on how we feel. Being bipolar is not going to go away, so we have to take it one day at a time. I recently found a wonderful message board for bipolar support- http://www.everydayhealth.com
I hope you have found this helpful. Good Luck! Oh, and about the bipolar support groups...family and friends of bipolars are welcome to attend these meetings. The staff at your psychiatrist's office should be able to help you find a bp support group in your area.
What Do All The Awareness Ribbons Represent?
I Want To Know
All Colors! What Do They Stand For?
* Bipolar disorder awareness and support
* Cerebral Palsy awareness and support
* Aging Research awareness
* Lyme Disease
* Organ transplantation and donation awareness
* Kidney Cancer aka Renal Cell Carcinoma Awareness
* Environmental protection
* Mitochondrial disease awareness
* Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections
* Pedestrian Safety
* Adoption Awareness
* Methamphetamine Abuse Awareness
* Safe Childbirth & Motherhood
* Multiple Hereditary Exostoses
* Male on female violence
* Lung Cancer (sometimes pearl-colored)
* Bone Cancer / Osteosarcoma
* American soldiers ("support our troops")
* Suicide awareness and prevention
* Endometriosis awareness
* Bladder Cancer
* Genocide awareness
* Self-injury awareness
* Energy awareness in Nigeria
* Animal protection awareness
* Leukemia Awareness
* Multiple Sclerosis awareness
* Kidney cancer survivorship and awareness
* ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
* CPRS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrom)
* Mourning and remembrance of the Virginia Tech massacre
* Melanoma awareness
* Mental illness awareness
* Borderline personality disorder awareness
* Diabetes awareness
* Brain cancer awareness
* Asthma awareness
* Spirit Day and victims of homophobia
* crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
* Horse Slaughter Prevention and Awareness
* Chiari Malformation
* Show religious tolerance
* Promoting remembrance and awareness of violence against women
* Domestic violence awareness
* Childhood stroke awareness
* Cystic fibrosis awareness
* Alzheimer's disease awareness
* Pancreatic cancer awareness
* Heart Disease/Heart Attack
* AIDS awareness
* Substance abuse awareness (Red Ribbon Week is commonly held in American schools)
* Vasculitis awareness
I would recommend checking out the page. There are many color variations, too.
Who Knows Anything About Rapid Cycle Bipolar Disorder?
I'm Doing Some Research On It, As Well As Other Levels Of Bpd, And I'm Just Wondering If Anyone Knows Much About The Rcbd. There Doesn't Seem To Be As Much Info On It As Some Of The Other Types (Probably Something Fairly Recently Discovered?)... I'm Doing Family Research On The Subject, So Any Info Or Personal Experiences With It Would Help...Thx!!!
Rapid cycling, according to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, occurs when a person experiences 4 or more mood swings or episodes in a 12 month period. An episode can consist of depression, mania, hypomania or even a mixed state. women and children are more likely to be rapid cyclers.
The term "ultra-rapid cycling" may be applied to those who cycle through episodes within a month or less. If this pattern occurs within a 24-hour period, the person's diagnosis could possibly be termed "ultra-ultra-rapid cycling" or "ultradian." It is often difficult to tell ultradian cycling from a mixed episode.
According to Dr. Demitri Papolos, co-author of The Bipolar Child, the majority of children with bipolar disorder cycle very rapidly, some even alternating moods several times within one day.
What Are Some Medications Used To Treat Bipolar Disorder?
What Are Some Specific Medications Commonly Used To Treat Bipolar Disorder? I'M Specifically Looking For Medications That Are Combined To Treat This Disorder. However, If You Know If A Single Medication Used To Treat It, That Information Would Be Helpful As Well.
There are many medications used to treat bipolar disorder. It varies from person to person. I noticed on some replies back to you that lithium is listed. I just want to verify that yes lithium was used to treat bipolar for many many years but it is not as common as it used to be.
Some medications used to treat it and many many more
Combined (these medications tend to help with the manic symptoms of bipolar another words the medication helps "slow the brain down"
This is not a medication but a treatment therapy for Bipolar Disorder!
The only single therapy that I can think of for people with Bipolar Disorder is "electroconvulsive therapy," or ECT. This is sometimes called "shock" therapy. ECT provides a quick "shock" that can sometimes correct problems in the brain.
When Was Catherine Zeta-Jones Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder?
Im Doing A School Project On Mental Disorders. Does Anyone Know When Catherine Zeta Jones Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder And Do You Know Any Websites With More Information On Her
she was diagnosed with bipolar in April 2011
Bipolar Disorder..Need Help With Someone Who Is?
My Boyfriend Is Bipolar, And Just Recently My Mom Has Talked To Me About His Being Bipolar. She Has Urged Me To Research It, And I Think I Can Understand It As Far As I Can With Research On The Internet. Now I'M Just Looking For Websites That Help People Who Have Next To Zero Experience With The Disorder, And Understanding How To Treat Someone Who Is Bipolar. Does Anyone Know Any Website Like That?
If No One Does Know A Website Like That, Can Anyone With Bipolar Help Me Understand What I Need To Do? I'M Going Into This Completely Open-Minded, I'M Going To Be As Understanding And Patient As I Can With My Boyfriend. I Realize This Is Serious, But At The Same Time I Don'T Want To Let My Over-Consciousness Of His Disorder Overshadow The Special Thing We Have.
you sound like a great girlfriend! I have bipolar disorder classification 2.
The first link I gave you is for Bipolar television, you will learn a lot, and then you can look at the links beside it, and can have it explained to you in terms of what a person with bi polars brain looks like.
This other link is to my favourite medical site. It will explain to you the different classifications of Bipolar, and treatment options.
I myself went the medication, and therapy route. I also have a Psychiatrist to keep up with on the meds and see if we need to change or 'tweak' anything. You will see how difficult an illness it is to diagnose. It took a panel of Dr.'s to diagnose me accurately. There are also online support groups for people who don't have the disorder, but want to help their loved ones.
Here's the Mayo clinic link: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bipolar...
And here's some help for you. http://www.pendulum.org/famcoping.htm
I hope this is what you are looking for...I'm not sure if he is resisting treatment. If that's the case, it's very hard for someone with bipolar to be convinced otherwise.
Best of luck, and I really hope this all helped!
Btw, I'm in a very successful relationship because the man I am engaged to has researched it as well and we openly talk about it. Also, as you will see you don't always have extreme high's and low's. There are varying types of the disorder. And it is chronic but treatable.
How Does Bipolar Affect The Brain?
Me And My Husband Was Married And Together For 9 Years And His Mom Told Lies On Me Said To Him I Was Having An Affair Which Is Not True, Well Now All Communicaton Has Been Cut Off He Has Bad Highs And Lows He Doesnt Take His Meds Right And Had Started Drinking Ontop Of His Meds, He Said He Does It Because Of The Pain Hes Going Through With Our Parting I Treid Tot Alk To Him But All He Believes Is His Mom Hes Not The Same Man As He Was 2 Months Ago Can You Help Me?
The problem with bipolar disorder (if that's what it is) is that in the manic phase, a person suffering wouldn't want to resume meds (it feels good).
Mom sounds helpful (sarcasm doesn't flow across a computer screen). Consult a social worker in your area, or the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI)- they have great resources for families.