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Misconceptions Of Bipolar Disorder

More and more one hears of people who have a bipolar disorder. But what does that really mean? Simply, it means that their moods can change dramatically and as fast as flicking on a light switch. This behavior can seem bizarre and confusing to those surrounding them. It's hard to keep up with their mood swings especially if you aren't aware of the disorder. Knowing someone has this disorder may give you more patience to deal with their behavior.

More and more one hears of people who have a bipolar disorder. But what does that really mean? Simply, it means that their moods can change dramatically and as fast as flicking on a light switch. This behavior can seem bizarre and confusing to those surrounding them. It's hard to keep up with their mood swings especially if you aren't aware of the disorder. Knowing someone has this disorder may give you more patience to deal with their behavior.

Part of the confusion surrounding bipolar disorder has to do with the terminology of mania in the disorder. Mania, in most of the descriptions about bipolar disorder, seems like an up time or a happy time but yet when this mania manifests in the lives of those with bipolar disorder for the most part this is a time of rages, excess, and more wild behaviors and not just an overly happy time as is seen in much of the literature surrounding the disorder.

Some of the symptoms that you may see in someone who is experiencing bipolar disorder in addition to the mood swings include things like increased or elevated hyperactivity, lack of self control, racing thoughts, inflated self esteem, little need for sleep, poor control of temper, angry outbursts, spending sprees and reckless sexual behaviors, and poor impulse control. By its nature however, bipolar disorder has two sides and the mania as described above is usually followed by a severe and agonizing period of depression.

On the flip side of the elation is the depression. These symptoms appear by extreme fatigue where they don't want to get out of bed, difficulty in concentration, change in appetite, suicidal tendencies and a withdrawal from society as well as family and friends. These symptoms can last for long periods of time or they can be short lived. Bi polar individuals flip between these two extreme states and often seem like two different people. Each individual is unique in that some cycle several times a day and others go for long periods in either state. This makes it difficult to diagnose.

There seems to be a common concern of substance abuse and suicidal tendencies in many displaying bipolar disorders. If properly diagnosed, there are treatments that can help these individuals maintain control and even out the mood swings. They are able to function normally within society. If you suspect someone you care about may be bipolar, get them the help they need as quickly as possible. Remember, mental illnesses may take time to diagnose.


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