Dark Places: Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that changes your mood time to time, it’s also known as mania. The duration of having bipolar disorder can be mild or can be extreme. For the extreme cases, hospitalization is required, can impair that person’s life, or effect that person’s sense of reality. Bipolar disorder is linked to major depressive disorder. (Click the category button to see previous article). Some physical and emotional symptoms are fatigue, insomnia, lethargy, unexplained aches, pains, psychomotor agitation, low self esteem, hopelessness, irritability, anxiety, indecision, and disorganization. You’re 15 percent more likely to commit suicide then the general population. Genetics plays a major role when it comes to bipolar type 1. In cases, such as twins, identical twins are 40% more likely to both develop it, whereas its only 10% for fraternal twins. Other causes include abnormal brain circulation, irregularities in neurotransmitters, or environmental factors. For treatments, they include anti-convulsants, anti-psychotics, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, psychotherapies, lifestyle changes, etc. Everyone is different. They need different treatments because people with bipolar disorder all have different backgrounds. I personally have never been diagnosed with this disorder, however I know people who have. At first it was difficult for them to cope with their feelings and emotions, however ever since getting on medication, their behaviors and their mental health has significantly improved. It can be scary at first, especially when your first occurrence happens because it’s not you in a way. It’s something you’re not used to or behaving. Yes women joke about being bipolar when on their periods, however we aren’t. We are just moody and our emotions are all over the place. For kids, is even more scary for them because they’re still developing and growing. Their symptoms are significantly different. They include, separation anxiety, rages, explosive tantrums, irritability, mood swings, distracted, hyperactivity, getting involved in many projects, more energy than normal, impulsive, silliness, etc. For kids, their treatments include medication or talk therapy. When this happens to your child, make sure no matter where they are, they’re always surrounded by people who are supportive. It will play a significance difference in their life. Since they’re still growing and learning more about themselves, that support is reassurance to them. Makes them feel more comfortable and not alone. Going back to adults, they also need just as much support, especially from loved ones or family. It’s just as important for anyone to be around those who truly care about them and want what’s best. I have a family member who has bipolar disorder, I love her so much no matter what. She’s literally the best person and she inspires me so much to be a strong person. To watch her grow and get stronger each and everyday is amazing. It really does inspire me to become a better person and stronger each and everyday.

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