2013 Bipolar Update
An individual with a bipolar syndrome or bipolar disorder has a very difficult time functioning normally at school, at work and with their family and friends. The extreme manic and depressive mood swings that are inherit to this illness make it almost impossible to live a normal life until the patient is properly diagnosed and treated.
There are basically three different degrees of bipolar syndrome. There is Bipolar I, Bipolar II and Cyclothmia. Bipolar I is the most easily recognized of the three and has the most serious symptoms, but it is important that Bipolar II and Cyclothymia are treated as well because over time they can develop into Bipolar I.
Below are some of the symptoms of a bipolar syndrome
Bipolar I – The Bipolar one individual has very extreme mood swings going from feeling they are on top of the world and can accomplish anything they choose to do to ( the manic stage ) to feeling as though life offers nothing enjoyable for them and it is not even worth living ( depressive stage ). During their manic stage they talk very fast and change the subject matter very often. They are extremely happy and energetic and may have feeling of grandiose, paranoia and hallucinations. They very often participate in extremely risky behavior and may spend large amounts of money they can't afford to spend.
When their depressive stage kicks in the Bipolar I individual is almost totally the complete opposite of their manic stage. They feel depressed about life in general, find no enjoyment in things they usually enjoy and seem to have no energy and want to spend a lot of time sleeping. There are at time thoughts of suicide.
Bipolar II – Although the signs and symptoms of Bipolar II are much the same as Bipolar I, they are not as extreme. More so, only the Bipolar I category has the grandiose feelings and hallucinations. Without these two symptoms they are usually diagnosed to be in the Bipolar II category.
Bipolar II individuals are also less likely to need hospitalization as the Bipolar I individual. Their symptoms can usually be controlled if diagnosed and treated properly. Bipolar I individuals many times need to be hospitalized if they are not being treated for their illness or have not been taking their medication.
Cyclothymia – Cyclothymia is the mildest form of a bipolar syndrome and can easily be treated with medication. Individuals with cyclothymia have their high and low mood swings but they are not as extreme and are a lot shorter in duration. However, as stated earlier cyclothymia needs to be treated to prevent it from advancing to a Bipolar I or II condition.
Though there is no present cure for anyone with a bipolar syndrome this disorder can be treated very successfully and if bipolar individuals will only seek treatment and stay on their medication they can lead a very normal life.
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