Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive disorder
It is a mood disorder characterized by mood changes between depression and mania (hyperactive, wildly optimistic, impulsive).
Mania (manic phase): People in the Manic Phase of the bipolar disorder are easily agitated and irritated. Little things that would usually not be a problem now become very annoying and problematic. Most teens are annoyed by younger siblings, but because I am Bipolar things my younger bother does annoys me more then it should. I truly wish I could change this or at least help him to understand that he did not do anything wrong. He is only 8 now, hopefully when he gets older he will understand.
-Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and/or guilt
-Loss of self-esteem
- I am a teenage girl, self-esteem is already a problem. I thought it was regular for me to feel bad about the way I look and feel worthless all the time, but I came to realize these feelings were not normal and I needed help regulating them.
- I hated going out and being around people. I always figured they would not understand if one day I just started feeling sad, and I did not want to bring them down with me. In actuality my friends make me feel better and help me to feel happy again.
Many people with bipolar disorder have successful careers, happy family lives, and satisfying relationships. Living with bipolar disorder is challenging. But with treatment, healthy coping skills, and a solid support system, you can live fully while managing your symptoms. It is hard but very possible, I am doing it.
Some people alternate between extreme episodes of mania and depression, but most are depressed more often than they are manic. Mania may also be so mild that it goes unrecognized. People with bipolar disorder can also go for long stretches without symptoms.
Therapy and self-help strategies help significantly. I help control my symptoms by exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, eating right, monitoring my moods as much as I can, keeping stress to a minimum, and surrounding myself with supportive people.
Bipolar I Disorder (mania or a mixed episode) – The classic manic-depressive form of the illness, characterized by at least one manic episode or mixed episode. Usually—but not always—Bipolar I Disorder also involves at least one episode of depression.
Bipolar II Disorder (hypomania and depression) – In Bipolar II disorder, the person doesn’t experience full-blown manic episodes. Instead, the illness involves episodes of hypomania and severe depression.
Cyclothymia (hypomania and mild depression) – Cyclothymia is a milder form of bipolar disorder. It consists of cyclical mood swings. However, the symptoms are less severe than full-blown mania or depression.
Bipolar disorder is a complex condition. Diagnosis can be tricky and treatment is often difficult. For safety reasons, medication should be closely monitored. A psychiatrist who is skilled in bipolar disorder treatment can help you navigate these twists and turns.
I confided in my therapist that I tried to kill myself, she thought it was a good idea to only allow my parents to administer my medication. I acted mad but now I am thankful that she cares so much.
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