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.
Is Bipolar Affective Disorder Hereditary?
The chances of becoming bipolar
The risk to the offspring of two parents who do not have the illness and have no affected relatives is about one percent (1 out of 100).
If one parent has Bipolar Disorder, the risk to offspring is about five percent. It can be as high as 14 percent if other relatives, such as an aunt or uncle, also are affected.
In the unusual case where both parents have Bipolar Disorder, the risk to offspring is approximately 30 percent, but can increase slightly if other relatives are affected.
The siblings (brother or sister) of a person with Bipolar Disorder have roughly an 8 percent risk of developing the illness. The risk increases markedly, however, if other close relatives also are affected. For example, if a person has a sibling and one parent with the disorder, his or her risk rises to about 15 percent
As indicated above, the risk of developing Bipolar Disorder increases with the biological closeness of the relationship. Parents, siblings, and offspring are called first-degree relatives. They have greater risk of being affected than do second-degree relatives such as grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and half-siblings.
Do I Have Bipolar Disorder?
From My Understanding Bipolar Disorder Has A Happiness Element To It. I Am Never Really Happy. I Just Go From Numb To Feeling Extremely Depressed.
Bipolar disorder is usually when you have mood swings to opposite ends of the spectrum (happy to sad). Only a professional can really diagnose you. There are so many psychological disorders that all have similar symptoms but from what you described, it sounds more like depression. Don't be afraid to get diagnosis and help if it's treatable because you don't want to waste time being sad.
Do I Have Hypomania (Bipolar Disorder 2)?
Lately I Feel Like I Have This Disorder. I Read Up On It But Nothing Tells Me Anything About Knowing If I Have It Or Not. I Get Into Periods Of Depression In Which I Feel Down On Myself And The Rest Of The World...And This Makes My Views Change Constantly. And Other Times I'M Very Happy And Energetic And Nothing Can Make Me Sad. I Wonder If This Is Normal For 16 Year Olds Like Me Or Not. I Categorize My Problems As &Quot;Overreactions&Quot; Often But I Actually Don'T Know If They Are Or Not. In Fact, Right Now I Feel Really Stupid Because I Feel As Though I'M Simply Bothering People With My Bullshit Teen Problems On Yahoo Answers. Oh And I Also Smoke A Lot Of Pot To Make Myself Feel Better. I Guess All I Want To Know Is Why I Feel This Way When There Is No Damn Good Reason I Should...
Sounds like a normal teen to me.
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 and the moods last for weeks or months. 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
Do I Have Bipolar Disorder?
I Have Two Older Sisters That Are Bipolar, And I Wondering I Might Be Too. What Are The Main And Most Obvious Symptoms?
Bi-polar is characterised by widely varying mood swings. The elated moods uncontrollable, often with psychotic phenomenon (voices, delusions etc) and grandiose ideas (believing one is the next big pop star, or thinking one is G-d). If one has never had a hospitalisable 'high' then a diagnosis is not possible. Mania is a hospitalisable condition according to the DMV. An important component, too, is that the sufferer has no insight into his/her elation, therefore, they do not believe they are high when they are high! If you are 'high' and you know about it, it is possible that it is hypomania, or just excitability.
Mood swings are very normal in most people. If the variation in your mood becomes disabling and negatively impacts your life, it may be bi-polar, but if it's just changeable moods, it's not bi-polar, just maybe personality issues, or your responses to daily life.
Can You Get Tested For Bipolar Disorder?
My Mom Is Bipolar But I'M Not Sure About My Dad Or His Family. Is There A Way You Can Get Tested For That? I Feel Like I Am Bipolar Because I Can Go From 0 To 60 In Five Seconds Flat, I Snap At People For No Reason And I Can Feel Really Really Sad And Then Really Really Hapy Or Really Really Mad.
There is no "test" for bipolar disorder. You must see a psychologist or psychiatrist. They will ask you some questions, probably alot of questions over a period of several sessions. They will then see if you are bi polar or not.
You can not just take anti-depressants for bipolar. http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/an...
You must take something to help with the mania. Bipolar has the ups and downs not either or. Most people who suffer from Bipolar Disorder usually take Lithium. Once on lithium, most people never go off (well some do but only because they feel like they are better and go off of it themselves, not by doctor orders). There are other medications but usually Lithium is the first choice given.
I would say you need to make an appointment with a therapist and go from there. Usually if one parent has it, it does put you at a higher risk to get it.
How To Treat Bipolar Disorder?
I Was Wondering If You Guys Know Natural Ways To Treat Bi-Polar Disorder? I’M Not Sure If I’M Bi-Polar But I’M Beginning To Think I Am. At Times I Can Be Extremely Happy & Out Of No Where Like Literally.. At Random Times I Would Think About Something Negative And Be All Depressed And Sometimes Even Suicidal. I Would Linger Around That Negative Thought For A Couple Of Hours And Then I’D Finally Be Aware Of It And Try To Correct My Thoughts.. Then I’M Happy For About An Hour Then I Would Have Another Negative Thought Come Up In My Brain. Is This Being Bi-Polar? It’S Ruining My Life... It’S Like Having Really Bad Mood Swings.. I Also Get Irritable Really Easily.
But Then Again It Might Be Pms? I Dont Know What Is It Is.. But Can Anyone Help Me With This? Thanks.
HI, yes it could be bi-polar but the only way to know for sure is see a doctor for this or if you believe you can handle this, keep your self busey don't listen to sad songs or people thats needing you to do thing for them all the time take time out for you. you are the most important thing at this time it may be PMS. when you start do you feel different about things, or the same watch it and see, don't drink a lot of sugar ,it can cause nerves to ack up to. drink plenty of water. don't think about leaving this world ,god may not let you and you would be worse off then you are now and you don't wont that at all; we live for god he brought us here for his reasons not ours sorry about preaching , but we have to deal in this world until he calls us home . pray to god to help you through this, i do all the time . he does listen even though we dont think he does but he really does ..thank you good times is comeing ..
Is Bipolar Disorder Hereditary ?
More Than Half My Family Has It Including, Grandparents And Both Parents. I Get Random Mood Swings Alot. Im Just Curious If Its Because Of Family Genetics Or Something. Idk,.
It's not proven but most of those that show symptoms have family members who have bipolar disorder. Around 80-90 percent are affected by the seemingly genetic factor. Another possible factor maybe, however, that you grew up with those around you with it. With that in mind, it is possible that you were 'conditioned' to have it by observing adults in your periphery when young and impressionable. Then again there are many cases where children who were adopted by parents and families without the disorder or similar condition still end up suffering from it later finding out that their biological parents (one or both) was diagnosed as being bipolar.
If you are beginning to show signs it's always recommended that you seek professional counsel. As is the case with many mental disorders catching it early ensures your continued safety and that of those around you. Many personality/mental disorders such as bipolar have much in common with others. Only a professional can properly diagnose you and tell you what it is you are most likely suffering from. Sadly psychology is not necessarily an exact science.
What Are The Dangers Of Bipolar And Multiple Personality Disorder?
I have bipolar disorder. Without medication, the dangers are that you become more and more out of control emotionally. this can cause you to struggle in your personal relationships and at work or school. Last year, my first year of college, I became increasingly dramatic in my emotions. I didn't understand what was happening, but it got harder and harder to feel like i was in control. At the end of the year, i sought medical help and was prescribed a couple different mood stabilizers. I am now off of those drugs and using a more holistic approach to handling my mental health.
Multiple Personality Disorder, better known as Dissociative Identity Disorder, is a very rare disorder and is very different from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. It occurs when one person exhibits more than one personality. This is nothing like bipolar disorder, where one person shows the extremes of the same personality. For example, before i was on medication, i would get sad when someone hurt my feelings in the same way i did before, but it became more and more difficult for me to handle this sadness.
What Are Bipolar Disorder Signs
What Are All The Bipolar Signs
This is from Ivillage.com
Hope it helps, If you are concerned you can always ask your family docktor.
Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder
Symptoms of bipolar disorder generally remain constant from one episode of a given type (e.g., manic, depressive) to the next in the same patient, but they may improve or worsen during this time. For example, a patient who formerly had only hypomanic episodes may develop a manic episode, or vice versa. All patients with bipolar disorder suffer from some impairment in function. This may result from the episodes themselves or chronic unpredictable mood swings and unreliable ability to function.
Symptoms of manic episodes include:
Euphoria and elevated, “high” feelings or irritability. The patient may be in a good mood that remains despite occurrences that would normally dampen the mood.
Uncharacteristically elevated self-esteem, feelings of grandiosity or unrealistic confidence. Patients often feel very good about themselves or feel like they can take on the world.
Decreased need for sleep. The patient may wake up feeling rested after only a few hours of sleep.
Rapid talking, talking more than usual or feeling a need to keep talking. Patients may be excessively talkative. They may be loud or talk too fast.
"Flight of ideas," feeling as though thoughts are racing, distraction or agitation. Patients may be easily distracted or restless. They may have rapidly shifting thoughts that may be revealed in conversation as the patient constantly changes the subject.
Increased goal-directed activity. Productivity may be increased.
Intrusive or aggressive behavior. The patient may seem nosy or aggressive, sometimes with destructive outbursts.
Denial that a problem exists. Because patients feel good and are often more productive, they may deny that there is a problem.
Seeking pleasure without regard to consequences, reckless behavior or poor judgment. Patient may engage in spending sprees, sexual promiscuity, substance abuse or other behaviors when they would normally exercise better judgment.
I Have Bipolar Ii Disorder And I Am Wondering If This Can Effect The Pregnancy(Premature Birth,Miscariage)?
Hi! I have bipolar d/o also and was on meds until I found out I was pregnant. My psychiatrist monitors my moods closely but doesn't give me any medications since psych meds usually have bad effects on babies. From what I know, you aren't in any increased risk for prematurity or miscarriages, but you are at risk after you give birth for a bad relapse of either a manic phase or a depressive phase. Ask your psychiatrist what to do. I've asked mine about alternatives to my usual meds to help with my mood but she refused to give me any. Turns out, pregnancy was the best mood stabilizer for me - last time my psychiatrist saw me, she couldn't find any indication of a manic/hypomanic episode or of depressive tendencies.
Keep in touch.
What Are The Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder In Teens?
I Am 13. I Have Unreasonable Mood Swings And Horrible Headaches. Some Nights I Barely Sleep, Like 4 Hours And I Am Wide Awake When I Get Up In The Morning. I Don'T Know If These Might Be Signs Of Bipolar Disorder. Can A Person Tell If They Are Bipolar, Or Is It Something They Deny For A Long Time?
My Mood Swings Are Not From My Period Or Anything Like That. I Get Them All The Time, All Month, Not Just For 1 Week. My Mood Swings Make Me Mad. Sometimes I'M Furious, Like I Want To Hit Something Or Someone. Sometimes I Just Get Really Angry About Something Someone Says Or Does And I Yell At Them. I Just Start Screaming At Them For Basically No Reason, But After A Minute I Calm Down And I Realize That What I Just Did Was Totally Stupid, And Then I Apologize. Sometimes I Get Really Depressed And I Think I Have The Worst Life In The World And I Think That My Family Hates Me, But Then After A Couple Hours, I Realize That I Have The Best Family And That I'M Really Lucky. Sometimes I Get This Feeling, Its Hard To Explain. It'S Like Everything Is Moving Really Fast But I Am In Slow Motion. I Think A Million Things At Once, I Talk Too Fast, I Get Really Excited, And I Want To Just Do Something, Anything In The World, I Just Want Something To Do.
I Don'T Understand Whats Going On.
What you're describing does not sound like bipolar disorder to me. Bipolar disorder is characterized by lengthy mood swings that last for weeks at a time. The DSM requirement is that a manic episode must last at least 5 days to qualify as a true manic episode, and a major depressive episode needs to last for 2 weeks at least. Many people who have manic and depressive episodes have them for weeks on end, not just a few hours.
The way you describe your mood swings, as being intense but only lasting a couple of hours before you realize that you were acting foolishly, those sound much more like normal teenage mood swings. I know it doesn't FEEL normal to you, and I'm not trying to say that your mood swings are any less uncomfortable just because they are caused by teen hormones and not a disorder. Being a teenager is hard, going through those changes is very difficult and I understand those mood swings you get really can make you feel like something is wrong with you! But I think you are probably just having the normal mood swings associated with your age.
Of course I can't tell you that you are or aren't bipolar, only a professional can. If you feel like your mood swings are really out of the normal range and that they are interfering with your life, then tell your parents so they can make you an appointment to see your doctor. But I don't think you have anything to worry about, I think you will find that this gets a lot better with time. The fact that you are able to see after just a few hours that your mood swing is out of proportion to the problem shows that you have a good sense of introspection, that you're a smart girl who is trying to deal with her mood swings as best as she can.
The headaches and sleep problems, however, are something that I think you really should talk to your doctor about. Migraine headaches usually start around the teen years, so those intense headaches you're having may be migraines. I started getting migraines around 14-15 years of age, not much older than you. Ibuprofen and Tylenol can help a little, but getting a prescription migraine medication like Imitrex will help a lot more. As for the sleep problems, the doctor will have more insight as to that than I do. It may just be insomnia, which isn't uncommon in the teen years either. Your hormones are changing, your whole body is undergoing a major shift physically, mentally, and emotionally, and that does impact your sleep.
Like I said, I think all of this is related to the fact that you are coming into adolescence and dealing with the things that all teenagers have to cope with at your age (with the exception of the headaches, which I think may be migraines and you should talk to your doctor in particular about those). But if you feel like the mood swings are too intense to be normal teen mood swings, then by all means tell your parents and ask them if you can see a doctor. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help, if you have a real problem then you need to get help for it.
To give you a little insight about bipolar disorder in teens... I had my first major depressive episode when I was your age, 13. It lasted for months. I was severely depressed, suicidal, began self injuring just to try to relieve the pain. I was bounced from counselor to counselor, and eventually the depressive episode lifted on its own. I thought, "Yes! It's over!" Then I had my first hypomanic episode when I was 15. That was amazing, and I didn't think it meant anything was wrong with me. To the contrary, I thought it meant I was really over my depression for good, and it would never come back. Wrong. When I was 16 I had another depressive episode, which also lasted for several months. I had another hypomanic episode at age 17. I had another major depressive episode at 18, which lasted from March of that year until February of the next year, a full 11 months. I saw a psychiatrist at my university who prescribed me a variety of antidepressants during that period of time, all of which made me go manic. Not just a little energetic, but full-blown mania, complete with visual and auditory hallucinations. After that she diagnosed me with bipolar disorder. I did not believe her, I didn't want to believe her, but eventually I realized that she was right.
So that was my personal saga with bipolar disorder. I think you can tell from that, that bipolar in teens looks not a lot unlike bipolar in adults, and it is a very extreme condition. I hope for your own sake that you never have to deal with bipolar disorder. I really think you are going to be okay, just hang tight through the next few years. You said yourself that you have the best family in the world, which is awesome. Lean on them for support and an ear to listen when you need it, and if you feel like you really do need professional help, do not be afraid to ask for it.
Medical Code For Bipolar?
The ICD-9 for unspecified Bipolar is 296.7 however this may not be the one you really need. There are different forms of Bipolar and each has a separate code. Go to http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of... and look at it. If you know the specific type of Bipolar, you'll see the code here. If you don't have this information, use 296.7.
What Are The Starting Signs Of Bipolar Disorder?
Does Anyone Know The Beginning Signs Of Bipolar Disorder? And How It Is Linked To Schizophrenia? Do The Two Go Hand In Hand?
Bipolar disorder is most often first diagnosed during a manic episode. Mania has a lot of different signs/symptoms. For example, most manic people feel energized, feel little need for sleep. Other signs are: inflated/grandiose self-image, delusions/hallucinations, reckless/impulsive behavior (spending lots of money, promiscuous sex, etc.), racing thoughts, extreme irritability. There are more. It is often misdiagnosed because bipolar people are more likely to seek help while depressed and not while manic. Once a manic episode has been established or observed and there is also a history of depression, the person can be properly diagnosed and medicated.
There is another mental illness called schizoaffective disorder which is basically when a person has traits of both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. There are many people with schizophrenia who do not experience the mood disturbaces of a bipolar person. There are also many bipolar people who don't experience the same psychotic symptoms as a schizophrenic. So, they don't always go hand-in-hand.
Hope that helps!
P.S. Don't let idiotic and ignorant comments get to you! Most people who say those things are just too self-righteous to open their eyes and see mental illness for what it is: A MEDICAL PROBLEM (just like cancer).
Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder?
First Can Anyone Tell Me The Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder? Also What Are The Chances Of Me Having It If All Girls On Mothers Side Have It, And Everyone On Fathers Side Have Bipolar Or Depression?
Im Also 16 Year Old Female.
With Bipolar you have your highs and lows also called mania and depression.
Symptoms and Signs of Mania:
--Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable
--Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers
--Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic
--Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up
--Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next
--Highly distractible, unable to concentrate
--Impaired judgment and impulsiveness
--Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences
--Delusions and hallucinations (in severe cases)
Symptoms and signs of Depression:
--Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty.
--Inability to experience pleasure
--Fatigue or loss of energy
--Physical and mental sluggishness
--Appetite or weight changes
--Concentration and memory problems
--Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
--Thoughts of death or suicide
Can You Recognize Bipolar Versus Borderline Personality Disorder?
The Symptoms And Treatment For These Two Labels Are Very Similar, As Are The Diagnoses Criteria. Do You Think The Psychiatric Community Came Up With These 'Illnesses' To Avoid The Old Psychiatric Terms For 'Unbalanced'? If I Apply These Symptoms To Many Of My Friends, They Would All Be Eligible For Medical Treatment Of Some Sort. I Do Not Believe This Condition Can Be Accurately Diagnosed Without Years Of Observation Inasmuch As Many People Can Experience Short Spans Of One Or All Of The Symptoms Described By The Psychiatric Community. One Can Easily Feign These Disorders As Well. What Is Your Opinion?
Thats What She Said gave a pretty good description of the differences but I'll expand on it a bit. Bipolar consists of long mood swings lasting months or even years. Mood affects everything about you... energy level, sexual appetite, emotional response, self esteem, sleep patterns, appetite, judgment, etc..... Borderline consists of rapid fire emotional responses and moods that last only minutes or hours... at the most a day or two. Borderline is disorder of thought..... they over react, they see things in black and white, they alternately idolize the devalue other people, they have a great deal of self hatred and a lack of sense of self (they have no idea who they are), the engage in self destructive behaviors like self harm, consistent overdoses for attention, suicide threats when things don't go their way, eating disorders. Someone with Bipolar also engages in self destructive behaviors but they are not usually emotionally based.... they tend to have a lack of judgment that leads them to do thing like spend their mortgage on something stupid (I once spent $1500 on African Violets...), drive too fast, have indiscriminate sex... completely different kind of self destructive behavior.....
Yes, everyone experiences symptoms of both of these disorders.... Borderline because it is normal personality traits that have been taken to such an extreme that is hinders the ability to live a normal life. And Bipolar because everyone has mood swings but not to the severity of someone with Bipolar.... everyone feels down sometimes but not everyone gets so depressed that they literally can;t get out of bed for a month..... Everyone feels good and happy sometimes but not everyone becomes so euphoric that they become delusional and think that they can fly....... The difference between a normal person and a "disordered" person is that the symptoms leave a disordered person unable to live a normal life.
People think that these disorders are not a big deal..... So many people use the word Bipolar casually to describe any change in mood or any change of mind..... that it has lost it's meaning. Bipolar is a disabling disorder....... Bipolar is no more made up than Schizophrenia..... Both of these disorder include psychosis..... phychosis is not a minor thing. Sure on can play the part for a day or so but with Bipolar you would have to play the part for years..... And no one can know what it is like to live inside of one of these disorders for life...... unless you have it.
Part of the difficulty in diagnosing them is that people frequently have BOTH disorders..... Bipolar being genetic and growing up in a family with a history of mental illness makes it more likely that a child would be raised in an atmosphere that is conducive to developing Borderline..... Im my group we actually did a poll..... Those that had just Bipolar generally grew up in normal happy homes in families that had a history of Bipolar but those that had multiple diagnosis (like Bipolar and Borderline, or in my case Bipolar and DID and PTSD and Schizoid PD) had a history of Bipolar or Schizophrenia in the family and had horrible or traumatic childhoods...... Since on is chemical (like Diabetes) and the other is behavioral (compare this to falling off your bike) is is very possible to have both... just like it is possible that someone have both diabetes and a broken bone.........