Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness)
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes serious changes in mood. This condition is also called manic depression. Bipolar disorder is more than just normal mood swings. The changes in mood are pronounced and cause significant distress or impairment in important areas of a person’s life, like work and relationships. These mood disturbances usually occur in episodes that begin between teen years and the mid-20s, but the symptoms typically persist for a lifetime.
The mood episodes are often interspersed with periods of feeling “normal”. Going without adequate treatment for long periods of time can make a person with bipolar disorder more susceptible to more frequent mood episodes. It’s not known what exactly causes bipolar disorder, but what is known is that the illness can sometimes run in families.
- Manic/Mania Symptoms (Feeling Up):
- Feeling extremely happy, like nothing can make you sad
- Feeling a special connection with famous people, leaders, or even God
- Hyperactivity and trouble sitting still
- Risky behavior such as careless driving
- Sexual activity that isn’t “usual” for you
- Unable to control how quickly you think or speak
- Changing discussion topics quickly
- Feeling like you don’t need to sleep as much
- Sudden feelings of rage or inability
- Depression Symptoms (Feeling Down):
- Loss of interest in doing things you enjoyed before
- Severe feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthless
- Constantly feeling tired or having a lack of energy
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- Trouble concentrating and focusing
- Noticeable change in eating habits (weight gain or loss)
- Thinking about death or suicide
Bipolar disorder can have a serious impact on your life, and relationships with other people. It can affect your work life, home life, family, and how you interact socially with other people. But if this condition is diagnosed and treated properly, the symptoms may be reduced.
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