Mental Health Monday: Bipolar Disorder


Honest to goodness, these Monday’s are really beginning to etch on my nerves. I’ve been in Florida this weekend and Monday (today) signals my time to drive another 10 hours to head home. The hardest part of leaving is the letting go.

If you haven’t been around the last few weeks then let me introduce to you Mental Health Monday! If you’ve been around, welcome back! If you want to see my other articles on Mental Illnesses scroll to the top of the page and click “On Mental Health” to access the ever-growing archive!

Bipolar Disorder:

What is it?

-Bipolar Disorder is classified as an illness that has manic highs and depressive lows. These swings are not casual sways between feeling happy or sad but these are extreme changes between one emotion or the other. Many people have differing emotions on a given basis during the day but Bipolar Disorder can occur up to a few times a week or occasionally during the year.

Who does it effect?²

-Anyone can be affected by this disease. NAMI estimates that the average onset falls within the age of 25 years old. “Every year, 2.9% of the U.S. population is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, with nearly 83% of cases being classified as severe.”¹ NAMI also says that this disease knows no bounds between gender either.

What are the causes?²

-No known, solely identifiable cause has been labeled but many doctors believe that Bipolar Disorder can be introduced through:

-Genetics

-Stress

-Brain structure

What are the symptoms?

-Because this disorder is unique in every facet, symptoms will be divided up between each emotional state. The symptoms listed are surface level at best. This disorder is grandiose in its effects. For more information, click the links below.

-Manic¹

-Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity

-Decreased need for sleep (for example, you feel rested after only three hours of sleep)

-Unusual talkativeness

-Racing thoughts

-Distractibility

-Increased goal-directed activity (either socially, at work or school or sexually) or agitation

-Doing things that are unusual and that have a high potential for painful consequences — for example, unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions or foolish business investments

-Depressive¹

-Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, such as feeling sad, empty, hopeless or tearful (in children and teens, depressed mood can appear as irritability)

-Markedly reduced interest or feeling no pleasure in all — or almost all — activities most of the day, nearly every day

-Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day (in children, failure to gain weight as expected can be a sign of depression)

-Either insomnia or sleeping excessively nearly every day

-Either restlessness or slowed behavior that can be observed by others

-Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day

-Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, such as believing things that are not true, nearly every day

-Decreased ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day

-Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide planning or attempt

How is it treated?

-Medications

-Psychotherapy

-Electroconvulsive Therapy

-Self-management strategies

-Meditation, faith, and prayer


Bipolar Disorder is extremely dangerous. It can cause a person to either feel euphoric or extremely depressed. Each mental state can push a human to do incredibly drastic actions that could result in injury or death. If you or a loved one are experiencing such symptoms, do not take anything listed in this post as medical gospel. This is a tool used to raise awareness. Consult your certified doctor for clarification and diagnosis.

Citations

Mayo Clinic: PTSD

National Alliance on Mental Illness

 

**This is not a professional opinion. All information has been researched and cited. Responsibility falls upon the reader and will not fall back upon the author and/or this blog.**

12 Replies to “Mental Health Monday: Bipolar Disorder”

  1. As a person with Bipolar disorder, I can say that this was a great, concise overview. I too like that you added faith and prayer. These are a part of my self-management strategies. I don’t understand how non-believers manage this disorder. I couldn’t do it and know for a fact that I’d be dead without my faith in God.

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  2. Coincidentally, bipolar disorder was the topic of discussion today (I’m a medical student doing my psychiatry rotation). The symptoms you listed above are right on point. Of course, not everyone would experience every single of the above symptoms but atleast 3-4 of those symptoms including Low mood or loss of interest is enough for considering a diagnosis. 🙂

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  3. Thank you for including “Meditation, faith, and prayer”. I would expect such here, but it’s still good to see it. I hope you have a blessed Monday – and thank you again for these Monday posts. It’s an awful day for me, and these posts help me see things a bit clearly.

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