Bipolar Disorder  

Serenely_Yours 116
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4/22/2006 8:24 pm

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Bipolar Disorder

I have been getting comments from observers like friends and relatives that I might be a mild bipolar case. I am still thinking if I should see a psychiatric. Anyone here has a real problem like this? I have been doing my own research on this condition and would like to share it here.

Bipolar disorder used to be known as manic depression. It is a serious illness, one that can lead to risky behavior, damaged relationships and careers, even suicidal tendencies if it is not treated.

People with bipolar disorder often switch from feeling overly happy and joyful (or irritable) to feeling very sad. Between these mood extremes, they may have normal moods. Because of the extreme highs and lows, this condition is sometimes referred to as bipolar depression.

There are many symptoms of mania and depression. Many of these could apply to anyone, depending on whether we are having an up or down day. However, with bipolar disorder more symptoms occur daily for weeks or months, even years. The shifts between depression and mania involve mood, energy, and the ability to function.

The dramatic mood swings of bipolar disorder do not follow a set pattern. Depression does not always follow mania. A person may experience the same mood state several times for weeks, months, even years at a time before suddenly having the opposite mood. Also, the severity of mood phases can differ from person to person.

Hypomania and Mania Symptoms

Hypomania is a less severe form of mania. Hypomania is a mood that many do not perceive as a problem. It actually may feel pretty good. You have a greater sense of well-being and productivity. However, for someone with bipolar disorder, hypomania can evolve into mania or can switch into serious depression.

Mania symptoms:

1 )Excessive happiness, hopefulness, and excitement
2 )Sudden changes from being joyful to being irritable, angry, and hostile
3 )Restlessness, increased energy and less need for sleep
4 )Rapid talk, talkativeness
5 )Distractibility
6 )Racing thoughts
7 )High sex drive
8 )Tendency to make grand and unattainable plans
9 )Tendency to show poor judgment, such as deciding to quit a job
10)Inflated self-esteem, unrealistic beliefs in one’s ability, intelligence, and powers; may be delusional.
11)Increased reckless behaviors such as lavish spending sprees, impulsive sexual indiscretions, abuse of alcohol or drugs or ill-advised business decisions.

Depression Symptoms:

1 )Sad, anxious, irritability
2 )Loss of energy
3 )Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness
4 )Loss of interest or enjoyment from things that were once pleasurable
5 )Difficulty concentrating
6 )Uncontrollable crying
7 )Difficulty making decisions
8 )Irritability
9 )Increased need for sleep
11)Change in appetite causing weight loss or gain
12)Thoughts of death or suicide
13)Attempting suicide

Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

Diagnosis is made only by taking careful note of symptoms, including their severity, length, and frequency. The most telling symptoms include severe mood swings (going from extreme highs to extreme lows) that do not follow a set pattern.

The psychiatrist will ask questions about personal and family history of mental illness. The doctor will also ask detailed questions about symptoms, including how long they last and how frequently they occur. Other questions will focus on reasoning, memory, ability to express oneself, and ability to maintain relationships.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

No one knows exactly what causes bipolar disorder. While genetic vulnerability and life stress are involved in triggering it, experts believe that an underlying imbalance of brain chemicals produces the symptoms. When levels of these chemicals are too high, mania occurs. When levels are low, there is depression.

This biological understanding of the disorder has opened doors for targeted treatments.

The best treatment is a combination of medication and counseling, although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is often successful for people who do not respond to traditional therapy or who cannot take the medications.

Sources from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Overall, having bipolar does not mean the end of the world. With good support from family and friends, daily lifestyle can still go on as normal. The most important thing is to live healthily. Evercise, eat a healthy diet, get a good night sleep, relax, reduce stress at work and home, avoid caffeine, alcohol and drugs, lastly get into schedule. Many people with bipolar disorder find that sticking to a daily schedule can help control their mood. Incorporate all of these things like exercise, healthy meals, relaxation, and sleep into a pattern that you more or less stick to every day.

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Serenely_Yours 116
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5/17/2006 9:59 am

    Quoting saddletrampsk:
    Thanks for your oldest child is bipolar and education, knowledge, love and a good sense of humour have helped our family cope with bipolar is not an uncommon condition and the more we can talk about it, without shame, the better place this world will be..
Yes I agree.
Hope we can all go through the challenges that we face along the way.
Good Luck!

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saddletrampsk 54F

5/16/2006 8:33 am

Thanks for your oldest child is bipolar and education, knowledge, love and a good sense of humour have helped our family cope with bipolar is not an uncommon condition and the more we can talk about it, without shame, the better place this world will be..

rm_futurama100 48M
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5/3/2006 6:22 am

complimenti good blog ciao

Serenely_Yours replies on 5/4/2006 4:47 am:
Thank You

Serenely_Yours 116
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4/29/2006 6:04 pm

Thank you Dusty again.

Now I know that theres someone here who can understand the meaning of living in this world with bi-polar.
And someone who is not hiding or pretending to be.

I will keep in touch with you.

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Serenely_Yours 116
9198 posts
4/28/2006 5:13 pm

Dear Dusty

You are right. No one knows if you are not one or even if you are one!
There are many implications.
But Im trying. To live in this world intelligently. And hopefully to have the courage to see a doctor soon.
Will check out your writings.

Thanks for your words.

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