What IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?By
Bipolar Disorder is a serious illness. It can make a person’s normal moods seem extreme.
It used to be called Manic Depression. The primary symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are dramatic and unpredictable mood swings.
One possible cause is an imbalance of chemicals in the brain because of genetics factor.
Some evidence from high-tech imaging studies indicates that people with Bipolar Disorder have physical changes in their brains, which are tied to mood, also may play a role.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS:
The signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder can be different in each person.Symptoms of phase depression include:
* Feeling sad or blue, or (down in the dumps)
* Loss of interest in things the person used to enjoy
* Feeling worthless, hopelessness or guilty
* Sleeping too little or too much
* Changes in weight or appetite
* Feeling tired or having a little or no energy
* Feeling restless, fatigue
* Problems concentrating or making decisions
* Thoughts of death or suicide
* Chronic pain without a known cause
Symptoms of phase manic include:
* Extreme optimism
* Inflated self-esteem
* Poor judgment
* Rapid speech
* Racing thoughts
* Aggressive behavior
* Increased physical activity and energy level
* Risky behavior
* Spending sprees Increased drive to perform or achieve goals
* Decreased need for sleep
* Tendency to be easily distracted
* Inability to concentrate
* Drug abuse
* More talkative than usual or feeling pressure to keep talking
4 MAIN TYPES OF MOOD episodes that people with Bipolar Disorder can have:
1. DEPRESSION– is when people with Bipolar Disorder feel very sad, sometimes this can go on for a long period of time. They may not even want to get out of bed or eat. They don’t enjoy doing things they used to do.
2. MANIA – is the other side of Bipolar Disorder. Mania may start with a good feeling, almost like a “high”
or it may make a person feel very irritable and angry. People with mania may do very risky things.
3. HYPOMANIA – is a milder form of mania. It can make people feel good. They may think they are getting more things done. But the (feel good) stage can changes into mania or depression. Hypomania is different from mania because it doesn’t get in the way of things like work or family. It sometimes is not even noticed as a problem.
4. MIXED MOOD – is when feelings of mania and depression go back and forth quickly, sometimes even in the same day.
Living with Bipolar Disorder is much like living with other medical illnesses. With proper medicine, education, and support, Bipolar Disorder CAN be treated and control .
Therapy,Taking the right medicine, Herbal Supplements, support groups, coaching, Family and friends can help.
People with Bipolar Disorder MUST manage their condition carefully.
With all types of extreme mood episodes, people with Bipolar Disorder without therapy or some kind of support are at risk for suicide.
People with Bipolar Disorder have some symptoms in common, but treatment can vary from person to person. We all have differences in body chemistry, genetics, and the way we live. So a Bipolar Disorder treatment that work for one person may not work as well for another.