Tuesday, April 2, 2019

B- Bipolar Disorder #AtoZ #MentalHealthAwareness

“He is extremely happy every time there is a small success at work, he over drinks, over sleeps, makes expensive online purchases, plans weekend getaways with friends, socialises every evening and then next week he stays locked up in the house, unshaven, hungry, not picking his phone and feels suicidal. Bipolar?”

Bipolar disorder can cause severe and unusually high and low shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels along with unusual shifts in the ability to carry out every day routine tasks.
The average age-of-onset is about 25, but it can occur in the teens, or more uncommonly, in childhood. The condition affects men and women equally.

People with bipolar disorder have episodes of:

Depression – feeling very low and lethargic. During an episode of depression, you may have overwhelming feelings of worthlessness, which can potentially lead to thoughts of suicide.

Mania – feeling very high and overactive. During a manic phase of bipolar disorder, you may:
  • ·         feel very happy
  • ·         have lots of energy, ambitious plans and ideas
  • ·         spend large amounts of money on things you cannot afford and would not normally want
  • ·         not feel like eating or sleeping
  • ·         talk quickly
  • ·         be annoyed easily

People with bipolar disorder are also at higher risk for thyroid disease, migraine headaches, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other physical illnesses.

These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, and energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very sad, “down,” or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes.

Unlike simple mood swings, each extreme episode of bipolar disorder can last for several weeks (or even longer), and some people may not experience a "normal" mood very often.

Some common symptoms of this mental illness consist of distinct periods known as mood episodes that often comprise of:

  • ·         Unusually intense emotion
  • ·        Changes in sleep patterns
  • ·         Changes in activity levels
  • ·         Unusual behaviors

Proper diagnosis and treatment help people with bipolar disorder lead healthy and productive lives. Talking with a doctor or other licensed mental health professional is the first step for anyone who thinks he or she may have bipolar disorder. If left untreated, bipolar disorder usually worsens. However, with a good treatment plan including psychotherapy, medications, a healthy lifestyle, a regular schedule and early identification of symptoms, many people live well with the condition.

Mental health care professionals use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to diagnose the “type” of bipolar disorder a person may be experiencing. To determine what type of bipolar disorder a person has, mental health care professionals assess the pattern of symptoms and how impaired the person is during their most severe episodes.

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  1. By the time you reach 26th alphabet, a lot of people will be able to figure out their condition. Awareness is a huge concern in field of mental illness. Next is taking action. Kudos to speaking on this topic!

  2. I enjoyed both your posts, the one yesterday on Anxiety and the one today on Bipolar Disorder. One other symptom of Bipolar Disorder is that patients have delusions of grandeur during the episodes and sometimes slip away from reality. Thanks for such an informative post.

  3. Thanks Jai, yes you are right that is the mania stage where everything is exaggerated to appear rosy.

  4. Thanks @Shetalkscents all we have our voice, yes that's the first step.

  5. I have seen No Polar disorder at a close range. Hubby suffers from the illness and it can get very fatiguing for the patient as well as the caregiver. Proper and regular medication and psychotherapy helps keep things under control. And yes, speaking openly about it will help others become aware about the illness.

  6. A serious neurological complication with outcome seen in psychological behavioural pattern. I wish there were drugs to treat this condition.

  7. I have known so many people who deal with the issue and so many who are unaware that they suffer from it. Thanks for taking this up.

  8. Have come across a few (patients as well as friends) suffering from this and it can be really hard during the extreme highs and lows, I know. Have struggled at times.

  9. I empathise Shilpa, looking forward to mutual learning during this process.

  10. Yes Abhijit mental health needs to be taken seriously

  11. Yes Sonia you are right, awareness is the key always

  12. I've read about bipolar disorder in books and articles but not known any person who suffers from it. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for both the sufferer and their caregivers. Thank you for sharing this information. More of us should be aware to take care and catch the symptoms and seek help.

  13. Absolutely Roshan It is a difficult illness to manage

  14. Rachna yes we can only educate ourselves.

  15. A very sensitive issue and a lot awareness is needed. Thank you for sharing your posts.Looking forward totit.I too stress on Mental Health Awareness through my write-ups and my personal experiences.

  16. Sometimes we observe this in some people but I think unless clinically diagnosed it is only thought of as mood swings. Awareness is the first step towards getting diagnosed and then treatment, which makes your chosen theme very important work.

  17. I didn’t know about this dear and you left me a little more enriched dear. It will help me identify now.

  18. That's wonderful Priyanka let's collaborate sometime

  19. Yes Namratha self-diagnosis must not be done, awareness to seek help is a must

  20. Thanks Roma yes we can't identify only mental health professionals can but we can be more aware and seek help for sure

  21. Great job at spreading awareness about mental health! 😊

  22. Like anxiety, people faile to recognize Bipolar disorder. Great post.

  23. She Talk Cents - the information is great, but please, don't suggest, even in jest (or half jest) that anyone diagnose oneself! Mental illnesses are illnesses, and need a professional to diagnose and prescribe treatment.
    I can read about the symptoms of diabetes, or epilepsy, but if I have those symptoms I'd better get to a doctor, fast. Same here. I'll repeat, mental illnesses are illnesses, and many have real physical causes.

    1. Lisa nowhere does the post suggest that please read the disclaimer at the end of the post.

  24. I love your theme and this post in particular. If there's any practical tips or suggestions for friends and family please direct us to resources. Thank you so much! - Dragons & Spaceships

  25. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and the rest of the site is also very good.

  26. Anxiety, bipolar disorder are the concerns of medical experts now a days don't know the reasons but it must not ignore if anything observed abnormal

  27. Nice important post about such a topic for which so less is written. Keep spreading the awareness.
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