Bipolar Symptoms     The primary symptoms of bipolar     disorder are dramatic and     unpredictable mood swings from     ...
Mania Symptoms    During the “high” stage,    symptoms may include    excessive happiness, excitement,    irritability, re...
Depression Symptoms    During the “low” stage,    symptoms may include sadness,    anxiety, irritability, loss of    energ...
I love happy days. I feel likeflying and greeting everyone.Everything becomes better whenI’m in a good mood. I reach outto...
Everything’s wrong. I don’t havea boyfriend, I can barely keep up with my job, I never want to see myself in  the mirror, ...
Bipolar I      A person affected by bipolar I      disorder has had at least one      manic episode in his or her life.   ...
Bipolar IIBipolar II is similar to bipolar       I disorder, with moodscycling between high and low       over time. Howev...
Rapid Cycling     In rapid cycling, a person with     bipolar disorder experiences     four or more episodes of mania     ...
Mixed BipolarIn most forms of bipolardisorder, moods alternatebetween elevated anddepressed over time. But withmixed bipol...
I have been diagnosed with RapidCycling Bipolar Disorder. My only   optimistic perspective is that itcould be worse, but I...
Doctors have come far inunderstanding the different moods that   are present in someone with bipolar       disorder. There...
When I received my diagnosis, I didn’tknow how to react – I guess notknowing my mood made sense afterlearning I was bipola...
Medications     Patients of Bipolar Disorder are     likely to take medications for     the rest of their lives. Medicines...
I guess I’ve become used to takingpills every morning now. It’s become      part of the daily routine before I    leave my...
Therapy      Along with medication, psychotherapy isan important part of the treatment process forthose with bipolar disor...
As much as I hate the idea of having to hire atherapist, I must admit I like having someone totalk to. I feel really lonel...
Pep talks can only help somuch. My doctor has prescribedpsychotherapy sessions at leastonce a month. However, theeffects o...
My true support system is my    mother. However, old age has  made her less mobile and thus    she can’t fly out to come v...
A study of hospitalized patients withmania or mixed episode found that50% achieved recovery within sixweeks and 98% within...
Final pdf
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Final pdf

481 views

Published on

This is a project for a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its content please email the teacher Chris Jocham: jocham@fultonschools.org

Published in: Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
481
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
4
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
13
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Final pdf

  1. 1. Bipolar Symptoms The primary symptoms of bipolar disorder are dramatic and unpredictable mood swings from excessive happiness to extreme depression.
  2. 2. Mania Symptoms During the “high” stage, symptoms may include excessive happiness, excitement, irritability, restlessness, increased energy, less need for sleep, racing thoughts, and high sex drive.
  3. 3. Depression Symptoms During the “low” stage, symptoms may include sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of energy, uncontrollable crying, change in appetite causing weight loss or gain, increased need for sleep, difficulty making decisions, and thoughts of death or suicide.
  4. 4. I love happy days. I feel likeflying and greeting everyone.Everything becomes better whenI’m in a good mood. I reach outto everyone and become a socialbutterfly. I just cannot keep stillor stop smiling.
  5. 5. Everything’s wrong. I don’t havea boyfriend, I can barely keep up with my job, I never want to see myself in the mirror, and nobody cares about me. What is the point of even living this life? I’m done trying.
  6. 6. Bipolar I A person affected by bipolar I disorder has had at least one manic episode in his or her life. A manic episode is a period of abnormally elevated mood, accompanied by abnormal behavior that disrupts life.
  7. 7. Bipolar IIBipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moodscycling between high and low over time. However, in bipolar II disorder, the "up" moods never reach full-on mania.
  8. 8. Rapid Cycling In rapid cycling, a person with bipolar disorder experiences four or more episodes of mania or depression in one year.
  9. 9. Mixed BipolarIn most forms of bipolardisorder, moods alternatebetween elevated anddepressed over time. But withmixed bipolar disorder, a personexperiences both mania anddepression simultaneously or inrapid sequence.
  10. 10. I have been diagnosed with RapidCycling Bipolar Disorder. My only optimistic perspective is that itcould be worse, but I’ve been told that I will experience many polar episodes within a year. The people involved in my life are bound to see me at either stage, so I hope they understand where I’m coming from and are supportive.
  11. 11. Doctors have come far inunderstanding the different moods that are present in someone with bipolar disorder. Therefore, an accurate diagnosis these days is very probable. However, the diagnosis for this mental disorder is made only after examining careful notes of symptoms, including their severity, length, and frequency.
  12. 12. When I received my diagnosis, I didn’tknow how to react – I guess notknowing my mood made sense afterlearning I was bipolar. I knew myfamily and friends would be at easeknowing what exactly I have so theycould try to help me. But it wasn’texactly the best feeling to know that Ihave a mental disorder. I felt like acrazy person walking out of the office.
  13. 13. Medications Patients of Bipolar Disorder are likely to take medications for the rest of their lives. Medicines include antipsychotic drugs, benzodiazepine, lithium, and select mood stabilizers.
  14. 14. I guess I’ve become used to takingpills every morning now. It’s become part of the daily routine before I leave my apartment. My doctor is scared that after sleepless nights, I’lldisregard my prescription which will hinder any progression I may have been making. So far, I haven’tmissed any days. I wish it would just make me normal though.
  15. 15. Therapy Along with medication, psychotherapy isan important part of the treatment process forthose with bipolar disorder.During therapy,discussions about feelings, thoughts, andbehaviors that cause problems arise.
  16. 16. As much as I hate the idea of having to hire atherapist, I must admit I like having someone totalk to. I feel really lonely sometimes and feellike no one else understands me but him. Hegives me great optimism but sometimes Iquestion if he’s always on my side. I hope he’snot just after my money.
  17. 17. Pep talks can only help somuch. My doctor has prescribedpsychotherapy sessions at leastonce a month. However, theeffects of talk therapy are not aslong-lasting as I would hope for.I’m spending too much moneyon it and I may just have topersuade my doctor to allow meto discontinue these sessions. Ijust have to prove to him thatI’m getting better. How? I haveno idea.
  18. 18. My true support system is my mother. However, old age has made her less mobile and thus she can’t fly out to come visitme often. She hopes for the bestfor me and I know she lives with guilt that she may have somehow contributed to me having the disorder. I don’t think she has. Mom is the only family I have so I value our relationship a lot.
  19. 19. A study of hospitalized patients withmania or mixed episode found that50% achieved recovery within sixweeks and 98% within two years.However, 40% went on to experience anew episode of mania or depressionwithin 2 years of recovery.

×