Bipolar Illness

2013 Bipolar Update

Typically known as a psychiatric disorder involving mood changes, bipolar illness involves high level or low level energy moods that cause depression or euphoria. It has several names, none of which are very positive. These include manic depression, affective disorder, manic-depressive disorder, and bipolar illness disorder. This of course means at times the moods of a bipolar person are unusually happy while at other times are unusually sad. Of course we are discussing here the most serious bipolar condition known as Bipolar I. There are other less serious types of bipolar. However, all forms of bipolar should be diagnosed and treated as they can possible progress to the next phase.

When a bipolar patient is in their manic stage, their mood is elevated beyond normal and they sometimes get the thought they can participate in dangerous things that a person thinking normally would never consider doing. Delusions and hallucinations are considered extreme manic episodes and is what defines a Bipolar I individual from a Bipolar II.

Thoughts of suicide often invade the mind of adolescents or young adults brought on by a manic depressive episode that has yet to be diagnosed. Once a patient or family member realizes their need for medical attention and they are properly diagnosed as bipolar, mood-stabilizing medication can be prescribed to control their condition. There may also be psychiatric assessment and therapy needed in extreme cases.

Having a bad day is considerably different to one who doesn’t suffer from a bipolar illness and one who does. The bad day syndrome of a non sufferer can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. It might consist of being in a traffic jam, spilling coffee, dropping a fork at lunch; things most people should be capable of dealing with and getting over. However, a person suffering from a bipolar illness might see this day as a complete catastrophe and be totally unable to handle it in a reasonable manner unless they are religiously taking their medication.

Bipolar disorder patients can be living quite nicely and life goes on normally as long as they continue to take their medication. However a bad event like a death in the family, a relationship break-up, loss of a friend or a job, can result in deep depression for the bipolar victim and cast them into to a bipolar episode.

Not only does bipolar illness affect the stability of the patient's thinking, but also their sleep, amount of activity, manners, attitude towards others and attitude towards family and friends.

The manic stage of a bipolar individual evokes high-energy, happy, exuberant moods that could last for days or only minutes and then be followed quickly by a depressive state. These drastic changes in moods can debilitate functionality and cause disruption in the workplace or school environment.

Bipolar illness is a very serious condition, and can return after a long remission if something triggers the bipolar process once again. Many who suffer from severe episodes of either manic or depressive moods at times need hospital treatment. During this period they may be kept under psychiatric care and placed on stronger medication until the episode subsides.

Bipolar illness can be hereditary and is often found to be present in more than one member of a family. There is no cure for bipolar disorders, but if treatment and medication is carried out properly it can be controlled without incident. In most cases when someone who has been diagnosed as bipolar has problems, it is because they have stopped taking their medication as prescribed.

Though this article may seem somewhat depressing for anyone with a bipolar illness, it should be remembered that when a patient stays on their medication they can live a normal lifestyle.

This article on bipolar illness has given you the general details of this medical condition. We have a number of other articles on our website you may want to take a look at for more in depth information.