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.
Why Do I Attract Men Who Have Bipolar Disorder?
I Have Had Three Serious Relationships In My Life And To Of Them Lasted Several Years. All Of These Men Obviously Had Or Have Bipolar Disorder. When It'S Great It'S Wonderful And When It'S Terrible It'S About The Worst It Can Be With These People. I Consider Myself Strong So Why Does This Happen? Why Might I Keep Attracting Men With Bipolar Disorder?
Are you sure what you mean by bipolar disorder. Just changing moods does not represent bipolar disorder. It s a mental decease or defect. Wiki on bipolar disorder is giving a very good description of it. If you have three serious relationships and counting then, madam, please go and see a psychologist or sit calm and analyze your actions and tantrums. Keep somebody in your place and analyze if you find the imaginary figure is right in her actions and reactions then you are right, the problem is with all those men. But don't have a soft corner in analyzing for the imaginary women. Try.
Robin Williams And Bipolar Disorder?
Did Robin Williams Have Bipolar Disorder, Or Is This A Rumor? If He Did, How Did He Overcome It? Do You Know Of Any Sources That Discuss This Issue?
This website cites Robin Williams as having bipolar disorder:
When Robin Williams came to prominence in the 1970s, bipolar disorder was called manic depression and the stigma was great. Remember, he played the shrink in "Good Will Hunting" and won the best supporting actor Oscar. A number of prominent psychiatrists and researchers have bipolar disorder. Sadly, like many people with bipolar disorder, Mr. Williams used substance abuse to mask the symptoms. Alcohol, as a depressant, does not do well in helping people in the manic phase. At some point in his career, maybe along with Jonathan Winters (who was also bipolar), Mr. Williams shared his diagnosis.
I'Ve Been On Lamictal For Bipolar Disorder For 14 Days And I Just Started Taking Desogen Birth Contol Today.
I Was Reading My Lamictal Information And It Said Ask Your Dr. Beofre Starting Birth Control. Well I Forgot And I Just Took My Fist Pill Of Birth Contorl Today. Is Anything Bad Going To Happen? Will It Mess With My Birth Control?
NewsTarget.com printable article
Originally published October 2 2006
Bipolar drug Lamictal tied to birth defects when used by expectant mothers
by Jessica Fraser
(NewsTarget) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that expectant mothers taking GlaxoSmithKline's epilepsy and bipolar disorder drug Lamictal could experience a higher rate of birth defects than women not taking the drug.
A recent registry of 564 pregnant women who took Lamictal during their first trimester showed that five women gave birth to babies with cleft lip or cleft palate -- a gap in the upper lip or roof of the child's mouth. The FDA recently posted a safety alert on its website warning that women who are pregnant and taking Lamictal should consult with their doctor, though the agency says more verifiable data is needed to prove the connection. The alert noted that similar registries had not recorded such a high rate of cleft lip and palate incidences in the past.
FDA critic and nutrition author Mike Adams says the FDA is dragging its feet in pulling a potentially dangerous drug off the market. "That the FDA continues to allow psychotropic drugs to be prescribed to expectant mothers is an outrage," Adams said.
British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline says it learned of the registry's results in December 2005, when it notified the FDA of the problem. In June of this year, Glaxo sent a letter to doctors explaining the registry's findings.
"What the North American registry found hasn't been replicated by other pregnancy registries," said Holly Russell, director of product communications for Glaxo. "It's FDA's position as well as our own that without confirming data the important thing is to continue to monitor data from ongoing pregnancy registries and other sources."
GlaxoSmithKline announced last week that the FDA had recently approved Lamictal -- which brought in profits of $1.34 million for the company last year -- for treating epilepsy patients who suffer grand mal seizures, in addition to treating other epileptic disorders and bipolar disorder.
However, Adams says all consumers taking the drug should be aware of potential dangers, especially pregnant women or women who may become pregnant. "These drugs cause permanent harm to the fetus, resulting in birth defects, stunted development and enormous future health care costs," he said.
How Is Bipolar Disorder Different In Teens/Children And Adults?
I'Ve Been Researching It For School And Haven'T Found Much Yet...
Any Help Is Appreciated!
I recently received an email from the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. It talks about some symptoms in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (PBD) that they have documented. I have also noted them to be part of that constellation of symptoms. They include: suffers horrendous nightmares; antagonizes siblings; excessively craves sweets and carbohydrates; wets the bed; sleeps hot; takes excessive risks; hoards food; has many ideas at once; interrupts or intrudes on others' expriences periods of self-doubt and poor self-esteem and deflects. (the entire article can be found at their website (I got it from Yahoo email ) so do a search, it will pop up)
I feel that whatever educational, learning or social experiences we want for our children who have these challenges -- we need to study what various symptoms they may have -- sometimes, doing whatever we would with other children isn't what a bipolar child will do best with. Also, it is hard to tell when one child has symptoms and another not if we only look at the very old classical symptoms.
I know it makes a vital difference to study and learn all we can and ponder and pray about it all -- it is a very huge task. But it does make at least some difference -- including that the child knows we care about them -- teenagers also come to understand whether our love is unconditional or not.
I am concerned when I hear parents talk about their bipolar child being a con artist -- oppositional and all. It is so very hard to separate actions and personality from the disorder. Hang in there and hang with us --- Bette
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Cause And Effects Of Bipolar Disorders
Bipolar disorder is a mixture of mania and depression. There are different levels of bipolar disorder, depending on the cycling.
Studies have shown that bipolar disorder is hereditary.
Here are two great links.
What Is The Best Medication To Treat Bipolar Disorder Type 1?
My Doctor Gave Me A List Of Medication To Research And Come Back To Get It. He Gave Me A List (Depakote Er, Tegretol, Lithium, Zyprexa, Serequel, Risperdal, Abilify, Geodon & Saphris.) I Was Wondering Wich One You Guys Had Tried And Which One Gave Ya Best Results. Thank You
Did they tell you, you need meds? ask for an alternative
Do your own research:
Do as much research possible. A major reason why people take the drugs is because they think there's a chemical imbalance
There' no proof mental illness and chemical balance are linked. So there really isn't a need to medicate other than to control your mood. So it is important to ask for alternatives and a type of counseling that will break things down for you so you can learn to make better decision on how to control your own mood.
“The chemical imbalance theory of mental disorders was disproven long ago”
"Chemical imbalance is one hypothesis about the cause of mental illness."
This is where your mental disorders come from. The psychiatrist's bible. Check out how a mental illness is decided into existed. They don't prove anything is a disease they just vote what set of behaviors is a mental illness
" the decision to allocate one diagnosis or another to a patient is to some extent a matter of personal prejudice"
-psychiatrist Niall McLaren
Manic Bipolar Disorder?
I Think I May Have Manic Bipolar Disorder And I Will Absolutely Not Go To The Doctor'S Office. Is There A Way To Tell For Myself?
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which effects a persons mood and is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. In bipolar disorder a person has mood swings from depression to mania which have to last 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. Bipolar disorder is something that is very severe and effects your everyday life. I ended up being hospitalised by my parents when they had seen enough of my severe mood swings and rang for help and I was sectioned.
You CANNOT self diagnose what so ever, if you had bipolar disorder you would want to go to the doctor to get help because it is so severe. The only way you will know if you have it is if you go to your doctors and explain to them your symptoms and they send you to a psychiatrist to be evaluated, only a psychiatrist can diagnose you with bipolar disorder.
What Does Bipolar Disorder 1 Mixed Type (Anxiety,Ocd,Depressive,Psychotic Symptoms Mean?
I Went To A Psychiatrist Today And He Said I Have Bipolar Disorder 1 Mixed Type (Anxiety,Ocd,Depressive And Psychotic Symptoms) What Does That Mean?
Not sure what your psychiatrist was smoking before he saw you that day, but there is no such thing as bipolar disorder type 1 "mixed type". The only thing that has "mixed type" is delusional disorder. There are only three versions of bipolar disorder: type 1, type 2, and cyclothymia. OCD and psychosis are separate from the bipolar. You can have both bipolar and OCD at the same time, or you can have bipolar with psychotic features, which is its own illness. That's what I was diagnosed with before getting something else. It means exactly what it says: Bipolar disorder with psychotic features.\
I hope that answers your question sufficiently. OCD is a separate diagnosis from bipolar, and psychosis can be a feature of bipolar disorder, but it is not a subtype, just like how "Major Depressive Disorder - In Remission" isn't a subtype, but still has its own DSM code. Those are called specifiers.
What Some Good Facts About Bipolar Disorder?
I Would Like To Find Out More Things About Bipolar Disorder Im Doing A Research Paper On It And Need Some Facts About
http://en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Bipolar_dis... will tell you all you need to know. I've been living with bipolar for 16 years. There are two kinds, 1 and 2. It can come with manic depression and a whole other slew of mental issues. I can be happy-go-lucky one minute, then do a complete 360 and be the devil in the flesh. It can be debilitating if not treated promptly and properly.
Can A Person Have Bipolar Disorder If No One In Their Family Had It?
I Just Think I Might Be Bipolar, But I Only Have History Of Depression In My Family
Yes you can. It is not as common and it is frequently not Bipolar but somethig else like Borderline PD. Sometime you DO have it in your history but just don't know it..... maybe one of your grandparents or great grandparents had it but was never diagnosed. My family only has a 2 generation history of mental illness. I am Bipolar 1, my father is Bipolar 2, and his brother (my uncle) is a Paranoid Schizophrenic. BUT if you look at family history going back for many many generations we have a rich history of people who were impulsive, rash, highly creative (lots of artists), highly intelligent, and considered to be "characters". Even 50 years ago, only the truly psychotic would be diagnosed as crazy.... things like Bipolar could easily have never been diagnosed unless it's severe.
Having a history of depression is an indication that mental illness in general does run in your genes. But Bipolar is very misunderstood... most people who think they have it do not.. but rather have recurring depression.....
Everyone has all the symptoms 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 moods or becoming angry or sad easily is not Bipolar. That is just having emotions. People with Bipolar Disorder do not change emotions quickly, they go through long periods of deep depression followed by long periods of mania or elevated mood, long periods meaning weeks or months or years. Mood effects everything about you.... your energy level, self esteem, sleep patterns, appetite, sexuality, emotional response, etc.....
This is what it is like to have Bipolar disorder:
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.
When I am on meds I am a normal 45 year old single mom of 3 and no one would even guess that I am Bipolar.
Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder?
Has Anyone Here Been Diagnosed With It? Or Does Anyone Know Of Someone Who Was Diagnosed With It? I'M Having A Hard Time With It And Am Wondering What Has Been Done To Help.
Bipolar and schizoaffective disorder are two different entities. Bipolar is generally treated with mild antipsychotics or lithium indefinitely. Schizoaffective disorder is a disease of depression with schizoid tendencies. Schizoaffective is classically very hard to diagnose...people are worked through the system several times before they are finally diagnosed because it takes a good long history to spot. It is very difficult to treat and requires a psychiatrist with medicines and counseling. Unfortunately there is no cure, but a person can still have a productive life with treatment.
Hello All. I Have Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder. I Take Tons Of Meds, Dont Want To Get Into That Here:?
I Have Been In Treatment Since 13, Repeated Hospitalizations And Meds For 14 Yrs (Steady Since 2003). I Still Struggle With Things, Not As Bad As It Used To Be Though Because I Dont Party Anymore...I Have A Gf Of 5 Yrs, Thats Great, Good Friends, Play Sports And Music, Just Finished An Ma In Economics, I Have Lots To Be Happy About!
I Guess That Is The Problem With The Disorder, I Read How So Many Patients Flat Out Do Not Respond To Treatment. I Notice A Strong Seasonal Aspect To The Disorder, I Really Decline In The Winter, Probably Due To Lack Of Sunlight/Vitamin D...
What A Long Intro, But Kind Of Necessary:
Question: For Other Bipolars, How Many Of You Have A Small/No Response To Treatment, And Have You Found Any Alternatives, Other That Diet Exercise All That? I Do That, Play Hockey, Jog, Love To Exercise, Its Just Depressions Stops Me Sometimes.
How Can You Be Consistent With Health When Depression Knocks You Down All The Time? I Dont Mind Productive Mania, But Anger...No!
Bipolar disorder is a severely disabling medical condition. In fact, it is a leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization. However, with appropriate treatment, many individuals with bipolar disorder can live full and satisfying lives. Persons with bipolar disorder are likely to have periods of normal or near normal functioning between episodes.
Ultimately one's prognosis depends on many factors, which are, in fact, under the individual's control: the right medicines; the right dose of each; a very informed patient; a good working relationship with a competent medical doctor; a competent, supportive, and warm therapist; a supportive family or significant other; and a balanced lifestyle including a regulated stress level, regular exercise and regular sleep and wake times.
There are obviously other factors that lead to a good prognosis, as well, such as being very aware of small changes in one's energy, mood, sleep and eating behaviors, as well as having a plan in conjunction with one's doctor for how to manage subtle changes that might indicate the beginning of a mood swing. Some people find that keeping a log of their moods can assist them in predicting changes.
The goals of long-term optimal treatment are to help the individual achieve the highest level of functioning while avoiding relapse.
Basically, its will power which is the essential to overcoming this disorder. I believe the life you are living, the state you are in now, is the best form of treatment. I think your life is much better than others who i've seen in your position and you should be proud of your accomplishment, don't deprive yourself of congrats which you obviously deserve.
All the best in the future, my prayers are with you.
What Are Clear Signs Of Bipolar In A 34 Yr Old Man?
I Need Either A Site That Is Clear With A List Of Possible Signs That Is Up To Date With Studies Or Someone Please Tell Me If They Have Studied And Know Already.
Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of depression interspersed with periods of mania. As someone with a relative who has been clinically diagnosed as bipolar, I can tell you that the MANIA can really be kind of frightening.
Also, keep in mind that only someone who is fully trained can diagnose a Psychological Disorder. Anything you learn here or from anyone else on Answers should be taken with a grain of salt.
Also, keep in mind that Bipolar can also accompany other problems, so there may not be a clear and decisive diagnosis anyway.
The Following is taken from WebMD http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/gu...
Bipolar Symptoms: The primary symptoms of bipolar disorder are dramatic and unpredictable mood swings.
Mania Symptoms: Mania symptoms may include excessive happiness, excitement, irritability, restlessness, increased energy, less need for sleep, racing thoughts, high sex drive, and a tendency to make grand and unattainable plans.
Depression Symptoms: Depression symptoms may include sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of energy, uncontrollable crying, change in appetite causing weight loss or gain, increased need for sleep, difficulty making decisions, and thoughts of death or suicide.
Bipolar Types: There are several types of bipolar disorder; all involve episodes of depression and mania to a degree. They include bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymic disorder, mixed bipolar, and rapid-cycling bipolar disorder.
Bipolar I: A person affected by bipolar I disorder has had at least one manic episode in his or her life. A manic episode is a period of abnormally elevated mood, accompanied by abnormal behavior that disrupts life.
Bipolar II: Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time. However, in bipolar II disorder, the "up" moods never reach full-on mania.
Rapid Cycling: In rapid cycling, a person with bipolar disorder experiences four or more episodes of mania or depression in one year. About 10% to 20% of people with bipolar disorder have rapid cycling.
Mixed Bipolar: In most forms of bipolar disorder, moods alternate between elevated and depressed over time. But with mixed bipolar disorder, a person experiences both mania and depression simultaneously or in rapid sequence.
Cyclothymia: Cyclothymia (cyclothymic disorder) is a relatively mild mood disorder. People with cyclothymic disorder have milder symptoms than in full-blown bipolar disorder.
Bipolar Disorder Complications: Self-injury, often referred to as cutting, self-mutilation, or self-harm, is an injurious attempt to cope with overpowering negative emotions, such as extreme anger, anxiety, and frustration. It is usually repetitive, not a one-time act.
Bipolar Warning Signs: When a person's illness follows the classic pattern, diagnosing bipolar disorder is relatively easy. But bipolar disorder can be sneaky. Symptoms can defy the expected manic-depressive sequence.
Emergencies & Suicide Prevention: Suicide is a very real risk for people with bipolar disorder, whether they're in a manic or depressive episode -- 10%-15% of people with bipolar disorder kill themselves. But treatment greatly lowers the risk.
Psychotic And Non Psychotic Mental Disorders Of Bipolar Disorder?
Symptoms And Characteristics Of Bipolar Disorder Too Plz
The disorder has been subdivided into bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymia based on the nature and severity of mood episodes experienced; the range is often described as the bipolar spectrum.
Bipolar I disorder
One or more manic episodes. Subcategories specify whether there has been more than one episode, and the type of the most recent episode. A depressive or hypomanic episode is not required for diagnosis, but it frequently occurs. Psychosis is common in mania.
Bipolar II disorder
No manic episodes, but one or more hypomanic episodes and one or more major depressive episode. However, a bipolar II diagnosis is not a guarantee that they will not eventually suffer from such an episode in the future. Hypomanic episodes do not go to the full extremes of mania (i.e., do not usually cause severe social or occupational impairment, and are without psychosis), and this can make bipolar II more difficult to diagnose, since the hypomanic episodes may simply appear as a period of successful high productivity and is reported less frequently than a distressing, crippling depression.
A history of hypomanic episodes with periods of depression that do not meet criteria for major depressive episodes.There is a low-grade cycling of mood which appears to the observer as a personality trait, and interferes with functioning.
Signs and symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder include persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger, isolation, or hopelessness; disturbances in sleep and appetite; fatigue and loss of interest in usually enjoyable activities; problems concentrating; loneliness, self-loathing, apathy or indifference; depersonalization; loss of interest in sexual activity; shyness or social anxiety; irritability, chronic pain (with or without a known cause); lack of motivation; and morbid suicidal ideation. In severe cases, the individual may become psychotic, a condition also known as severe bipolar depression with psychotic features. These symptoms include delusions or, less commonly, hallucinations, usually unpleasant. A major depressive episode persists for at least two weeks, and may continue for over six months if left untreated
Mania is the signature characteristic of bipolar disorder and, depending on its severity, is how the disorder is classified. Mania is generally characterized by a distinct period of an elevated mood, which can take the form of euphoria. People commonly experience an increase in energy and a decreased need for sleep, with many often getting as little as three or four hours of sleep per night, while others can go days without sleeping.] A person may exhibit pressured speech, with thoughts experienced as racing. Attention span is low, and a person in a manic state may be easily distracted. Judgment maybecome impaired, and sufferers may go on spending sprees or engage in behavior that is quite abnormal for them. They may indulge in substance abuse, particularly alcohol or other depressants, cocaine or other stimulants, or sleeping pills. Their behavior may become aggressive, intolerant, or intrusive. People may feel out of control or unstoppable, or as if they have been "chosen" and are "on a special mission" or have other grandiose or delusional ideas. Sexual drive may increase. At more extreme phases of bipolar I, a person in a manic state can begin to experience psychosis, or a break with reality, where thinking is affected along with mood. Some people in a manic state experience severe anxiety and are very irritable (to the point of rage), while others are euphoric and grandiose.
In the context of bipolar disorder, a mixed state is a condition during which symptoms of mania and clinical depression occur simultaneously. Typical examples include tearfulness during a manic episode or racing thoughts during a depressive episode. Individuals may also feel incredibly frustrated in this state, since one may feel like a failure and at the same time have a flight of ideas. Mixed states are often the most dangerous period of mood disorders, during which substance abuse, panic disorder, suicide attempts, and other complications increase greatly.
Advice On Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder?
I Have Been With My Boyfriend For Almost A Year. He Is My First Love, And I Truly Love Him Very Much. But Bipolar Disorder Is Such A Huge Strain On The Relationship And On Me In General. I Honestly Feel Lost. I Am Naturally A Happy Go Lucky Person, And I Have A Strong Desire To Make Others Happy. But Obviously, In This Case I Have No Control. It Is So Hard To See Him Struggle With This Hardship. But This Is Also A Huge Burden On Me. Depending On His Mood I Always Have To Put My Needs Second, And I Never Know The Reaction I Am Going To Get From Him. He Is A Truly A Good Person, But His Depressive Episodes Are Incredibly Hard To Barre. But I Love Him, And I Don'T Know How To Do This.
If you love him, then you need not think of these. You love him, that's that.