Another name for BiPolar disorder is Manic Depression. Some people mistake this disorder with ADHD, or other mental illnesses. Yes, some of the symptoms can be the same, but it doesn't do any good to get the wrong diagnosis. In fact, it can only make you feel worse.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental illness that affects how you feel and act. It affects how you treat others as well as yourself. It is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and with the right diagnosis can be maintained, helping the victim to live a happy, healthy life.
Bipolar disorder involves mood swings that can be very abrupt. A person suffering from this disorder will have periods of excitability then periods of depression, alternating between the both. The mood swings that occur in the "between stage" can be happy, sad, angry, or any emotion you can think of. A person suffering from this usually doesn't know how they're gonna feel next.
No one knows what exactly causes bipolar disorder, but it is part genetic and part environmental. Certain things like alcohol, drugs, stress, and people we hang around with can trigger an episode.
Some of the symptoms to look for are:
Depressed Mood: Crying for no reason. Feeling empty, or sad inside.
Lack of Interest: Activities that would normally be fun and enjoyable don't seem so fulfilling. You may think, "who cares?"
Tired: Having a difficult time sleeping. Feeling restless at odd times of the night. Or getting too much sleep, which can make you feel tired.
Poor Concentration: Having a hard time focusing on one task. Your mind seems to wander off and you may forget what you were doing in the first place. Making decisions can be difficult, even if it's a minor thing.
Thoughts of Suicide: You think about death quite frequently. Sometimes you think the world would be better off without you.
Unsteady Diet: You may overeat, even when you're not hungry. Or you may do the opposite and eat nothing at all, even when you are hungry. Your weight could fluctuate dramatically.
There are many things you can do to help with bipolar disorder.
1. Find a doctor that you trust. Help your doctor to keep a dialog of your feelings as well as different mood swings.
2. Get the right medication. You may have to go through a few different ones before you find the one that is right for you. The dosage may have to get tweeked a little one or two times. And remember it takes your body time to get used to each medication. Keep updating your doctor on how you feel, so they can decide if it's the right one.
3. Support groups. Remember, YOUR NOT ALONE! I say that because it's true. Millions of people suffer from this illness, if not another one. There are support groups that you can get involved in with people dealing with the same disorder. Sometimes it's good to have someone to talk to that knows exactly how you feel.
4. Family Support. Family and friends that support you can go a long way in how good you feel, or how bad, for that matter. Stay around people that are positive and that don't bring you down when you're already there. Even when you're in a good mood, negative people can bring you down fast.
5. Find a hobby. What do you like to do that makes you feel good? Is it sports? Do you like to play the piano? How about singing, art, scrapbooking, or journaling? Everyone has something in them that they like. Find your passion and make it work. Maybe you need an hour a day for some alone time to do what makes you happy.
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