Dealing With Bipolar
2013 Bipolar Update
If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it is important for you to know how to cope with this condition. Dealing with bipolar is not only possible; your doctor can give you the correct guidelines and parameters for you to be able to live a very normal life.
Dealing with bipolar is something between three and five percent of Americans have to do on a daily basis. This means, about four million people have bipolar, which used to be called ‘manic depressive disorder.’
The word ‘bipolar’ evolved because of the way in which this disorder seems to go from one extreme to another. The North and South Poles are very far apart, and so are the mood swings of a bipolar individual. Every person diagnosed with bipolar deals with it differently.
Symptoms do vary between people who are diagnosed with this disorder. In addition, symptoms can vary from day to day, month to month or even a series of months at a time.
Frequently, people with bipolar are misdiagnosed for many years. There are episodes of total depression followed by pure mania. Because more people see doctors when they are depressed, they are usually treated just for depression and nothing more.
Dealing with bipolar needs specific adjustments, similar to the way you deal with any other disorder. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you need to make choices that are both mentally and physically healthy for your body and mind. By making choices that are healthy it will help you understand your symptoms, take control of your life and limit the episodes from occurring.
Dealing with bipolar disorders begins with being properly treateded. This could include therapy and medication.
Whether you get worse or better, experience relapses, and how fast you rebound from the occurrance of an episode is all up to you.
When depressed, bipolar sufferers tend to think more slowly and seem to be in a daze. They tend to be disconnected from everyone else and are in their own little world. There is no creative activity involved and they have a hard time connecting how thoughts, feelings and events are related. Sufferers usually feel isolated and hopeless.
On the other hand, symptoms of mania are characterized by rapid states and high energy. People who rapidly go from being depressed to being manic could be dangerous to themselves and others, impulsive, reckless and self destructive.
When dealing with bipolar, keep in mind that this disorder is not a result of any kind of character flaw. New studies are showing bipolar disorders have a lot to do with genetics, environment and chemical imbalances
In extreme cases, bipolar can be very disabling. It is important to remember that there is treatment and most people are able to live normal, fulfilling lives if they will only take their doctor's advice and never stop their medication on their own.
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