Disorder is also known as Manic-Depression.
It is a considered to be a mood disorder,
or an affective disorder. People with bipolar
disorder will experience time periods of serious
depression and time periods of racing mania.
Sometimes people have “mixed episodes”
which mean that they are experiencing versions
of mania and depression at the same time.
depressive episodes consist of the same basic
symptoms as seen in Major Depression, with
the main difference being that bipolar depression
is interchanged with manic mood swings. For
example, bipolar depression still has symptoms
such as suicidal ideation, suicidal behavior,
thoughts of death, low energy, fatigue, feelings
of worthlessness, hopelessness, inability
to feel pleasure, appetite and weight changes,
can be the very opposite of depression, or
can appear as the heightened expression of
some of the depressive symptoms. While manic,
people can be unusually happy, euphoric, giddy,
fun-loving, highly energetic, creative, boisterous,
and phenomenally productive. These are the
benefits of mania. However, mania can also
have a strong and destructive downside. Sometimes
mania has symptoms such as extreme irritability,
low impulse control, rage outbursts, excessive
spending, intense addictive behaviors, dangerous
or promiscuous sexual activity, poor judgment
skills, grandiose thinking, and inability
to concentrate. All of these symptoms can
be exacerbated by and combined with the inability
to see the dangerous or extended consequences
of “over-the-top behaviors.
the middle of a very good time, mania can
lead to very serious long-term problems. For
example, one person’s “out of
control” manic episode could occur like
this: initially having an outrageous and violent
fight with the boss, impulsively quitting
her job, then deciding to celebrate her victory
with an extravagant giddy spending spree,
followed by a lovely evening having unprotected
sex with a group of strangers she met while
getting drunk in a bar. So, over the course
of a single day of such good times, this one
person can be left with thousands of dollars
of debt, with no future income to help with
paying it off, a pregnancy, and AIDS. None
of these long-term disasters would have been
considered in the middle of the manic episode.
episodes – experiencing both depression
and mania simultaneously - are very difficult.
Typically speaking, people have enough manic
energy to be completely miserable. They may
have excessive thoughts of self hatred or
self loathing racing through their head. It
can be a dangerous time because they may actually
have enough energy to do serious or deadly
harm to themselves. Sometimes the rapid cycling
of up- and-down, up-and-down, up-and-down
can be so thoroughly exhausting and totally
debilitating that it leaves people immobilized
and unable to function effectively.
processing is a very helpful part of treatment,
but it is not the only strategy necessary
for the complete treatment of Bipolar Disorder.
Therapy can help to identify patterns, acknowledge
warning signs about troubled times, teach
new ways of experiencing emotion, and assist
with bipolar related stress and conflict.
However, if you suspect or know that you have
Bipolar Disorder, please get medical attention
as quickly as possible. There are legitimate
and safe medications that help to alleviate
some of the suffering.
is true that finding the right meds can be
a very difficult and frustrating process.
Maintaining those meds can be equally challenging.
Nonetheless, the right medications can truly
make a world of difference for you and the
people around you.
you suffer from Bipolar Disorder, please note:
AbuseConsultants.com does not prescribe any
kind of medications. We strongly encourage
you to seek appropriate medical assistance
at your very earliest convenience.
you would like to process any of these issues,
please consider a clinical