What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

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Awareness

Homer, GA

#1 Nov 18, 2012
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior–from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function.

During a manic episode, a person might impulsively quit a job, charge up huge amounts on credit cards, or feel rested after sleeping two hours. During a depressive episode, the same person might be too tired to get out of bed and full of self-loathing and hopelessness over being unemployed and in debt.

The causes of bipolar disorder aren’t completely understood, but it often runs in families. The first manic or depressive episode of bipolar disorder usually occurs in the teenage years or early adulthood. The symptoms can be subtle and confusing, so many people with bipolar disorder are overlooked or misdiagnosed–resulting in unnecessary suffering. But with proper treatment and support, you can lead a rich and fulfilling life.
Awareness

Homer, GA

#2 Nov 18, 2012
Myths and Facts About Bipolar Disorder
Myth: People with bipolar disorder can’t get better or lead a normal life.
Fact: Many people with bipolar disorder have successful careers, happy family lives, and satisfying relationships. Living with bipolar disorder is challenging. But with treatment, healthy coping skills, and a solid support system, you can live fully while managing your symptoms.
Myth: People with bipolar disorder swing back and forth between mania and depression.
Fact: Some people alternate between extreme episodes of mania and depression, but most are depressed more often than they are manic. Mania may also be so mild that it goes unrecognized. People with bipolar disorder can also go for long stretches without symptoms.
Myth: Bipolar disorder only affects mood.
Fact: Bipolar disorder also affects your energy level, judgment, memory, concentration, appetite, sleep patterns, sex drive, and self-esteem. Additionally, bipolar disorder has been linked to anxiety, substance abuse, and health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, migraines, and high blood pressure.
Myth: Aside from taking medication, there is nothing you can do to control bipolar disorder.
Fact: While medication is the foundation of bipolar disorder treatment, therapy and self-help strategies also play important roles. You can help control your symptoms by exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, eating right, monitoring your moods, keeping stress to a minimum, and surrounding yourself with supportive people.
Awareness

Homer, GA

#3 Nov 18, 2012
Common signs and symptoms of mania include:

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)
Awareness

Homer, GA

#4 Nov 18, 2012
Common symptoms of bipolar depression include:

Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty.
Irritability
Inability to experience pleasure
Fatigue or loss of energy
Physical and mental sluggishness
Appetite or weight changes
Sleep problems
Concentration and memory problems
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Thoughts of death or suicide
Floridian

Orlando, FL

#5 Nov 19, 2012
I thought it was when white bears had a split personality
Floridian

Orlando, FL

#6 Nov 19, 2012
After careful consideration of the facts I have changed my mind, it means a white bear that doesn't know whether it prefers males or females.
Local Observer

Blue Ridge, GA

#7 Nov 19, 2012
Oh my

Young Harris, GA

#8 Nov 19, 2012
Manic depression is touching my soul
I know what I want but I just don't know
How to, go about gettin' it
Feeling sweet feeling,
Drops from my fingers, fingers
Manic depression is catchin' my soul

Woman so weary, the sweet cause in vain
You make love, you break love
It's all the same
When it's, when it's over, mama
Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess

Well, I think I'll go turn myself off,
And go on down
All the way down
Really ain't no use in me hanging around
In your kinda scene

Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess

==Jimi Hendrix
cover girl

Dawsonville, GA

#9 Nov 19, 2012
Bi-Polar is the new excuse for bad decisions and behavior. It use to be ADD and ADHD. We have evolved.

There are many people with genuine Bi-Polar disorder, but most people who claim to be Bi-Polar aren't.
Floridian

Orlando, FL

#10 Nov 19, 2012
cover girl wrote:
Bi-Polar is the new excuse for bad decisions and behavior. It use to be ADD and ADHD. We have evolved.
There are many people with genuine Bi-Polar disorder, but most people who claim to be Bi-Polar aren't.
The whole earth is Bi-Polar, we couldn't live here if it wasn't.
big news

Adel, GA

#11 Nov 19, 2012
A lot of Floridians suffer from Bi-Polar disorder. They "think" they have to come to Blairsville in April, then they "think" they must go to south Florida in November. Weird, very weird...
Informed Opinion

Dahlonega, GA

#12 Nov 19, 2012
big news wrote:
A lot of Floridians suffer from Bi-Polar disorder. They "think" they have to come to Blairsville in April, then they "think" they must go to south Florida in November. Weird, very weird...
You have a point.

This disease has been very expensive to those who just can't pick a damn place to live.

Sorry, got carried away.

It's tax time and the keeping two governors happy is expensive - so I'm hitting the "depressed" end of the continuum writing those property tax checks.

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