Bipolar DisorderSymptomsBipolar Symptoms
•   Noticeable changes in sleep patterns, such as insomnia or oversleeping•   A drop in ones school grades or frequent abs...
Bipolar Symptoms in Men• Men are often taught from childhood to be problem solvers and to suck  it up and control their fe...
Bipolar Symptoms in Women• Because of her hormones a woman is more likely to  experience more frequent depression symptoms...
Bipolar Symptoms in Children• Bipolar has been reported to appear in children as young as six years  old. Diagnosing bipol...
The Effects of Bipolar• The symptoms of bipolar disorder can have very severe effects on ones life.  Bipolar symptoms can ...
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  • Bipolar symptoms can have very severe effects on those it has stricken. Bipolar symptoms can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, because the symptoms often mimic many other things. For me, my symptoms started with a severe depression and loss of perception and discernment. Topics i once enjoyed and looked forward to deep discussions about, I now avoided, because I no longer had the same ability to discuss them. Extreme fatigue, apathy, social detachment, and a waning interest in my friends and activities followed. The Symptoms Of Bipolar:• Noticeable changes in sleep patterns, such as insomnia or oversleeping• A drop in ones school grades or frequent absences from school• Unusual complaints of tiredness or apathy • Over sensitivity to rejection or defeat • An unusual increase in grumpiness, aggression, or anger• Social detachment • Reckless behavior • Alcohol or drug abuse• Difficulty getting along with others • Outbursts of shouting or crying • A Waning interest in friends and activities • Self-injurious behavior or talk of suicide• Trouble concentrating Although the bipolar symptoms above are classic identifiers of the disorder, there are some differences in the way a man, woman, or child may experience and exhibit their symptoms. Symptoms of bipolar arise from two different extreme mood swing patterns. The first is mania which is characterized by extreme high exuberant moods, and then there is depressive which is characterized by extreme low periods of sadness and fatigue. Bipolar Symptoms in Men: •Men are often taught from childhood to be problem solvers and to suck it up and control their feelings when issues arise. As a result, a man with bipolar disorder will often seclude himself from others and attempt to hide his problem. As an ingrained problem solver not wanting to be perceived as a problem causer, a man may try and just deal with his disorder alone. A man's unwillingness to talk about his problems is a major reason why men are four times more likely to commit suicide than are women. It also explains why men with bipolar are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs. •Men are less likely than women to seek help and treatment, and often they won't admit the seriousness of their symptoms. •Instead of appearing sad, men will often become irritable, aggressive, act reckless or drink too much. •Mania in men often manifests itself with impulsive thinking that causes them to be reckless in behavior in pursuit of gratification. •Men on average develop bipolar disorder at a much earlier age than women. •A man's first episode of bipolar is usually a manic one. Bipolar Symptoms in Women: •Because of her hormones a woman is more likely to experience more frequent depression symptoms than a man. (Unhappiness, loss of interest in things, agitation, sleep problems, indecisiveness, loss of energy, periods of unexplained crying and feelings of worthlessness.) •There is a seven time increase in need for hospitalization for their bipolar disorder in women that are pregnant or have recently given birth. •A recurrence of bipolar symptoms is twice as likely in pregnant women. •Women with bipolar disorder often experience more severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. •A woman's first episode of bipolar is usually a depressive one. Bipolar Symptoms in Children: Bipolar has been reported to appear in children as young as six years old. Diagnosing bipolar in children is still controversial because the symptoms of bipolar often mimic other disorders like ADHD, conduct disorder or even normal child behavior. With these facts in mind a second opinion would be wise before accepting any treatment suggestions. •Children with bipolar usually have more frequent shifts in mood. In children the mood changes that occur between manic and depressive can be continuous, rapid, and sometimes happen all in the same day. •Children with bipolar during manic periods tend to be more irritable than adults with bipolar. •Children with bipolar also may experience more psychotic symptoms such as seeing or hearing things during a manic period.The Effects of Bipolar:The symptoms of bipolar disorder can have very severe effects on ones life. Bipolar symptoms can effect every aspect of a persons life. The known symptoms of bipolar disorder can affect ones relationships, educational pursuits, careers, finances, social endeavors, personality, sleep pattern, mood, spirituality, and ones overall zest and enjoyment of life. Many people have committed suicide as a direct result of bipolar's symptoms. With treatment, people with bipolar can normally still function and obtain all the normal desires and goals of life, just like everyone else. But bipolar disorder can make it extremely more difficult to do so. My Bipolar Symptoms and Their Effect:Writing about my mental illness bipolar, is a challenge for me. It's not a challenge, because I don't want to open up about all that I have faced as a result of my mental illness. It's a challenge writing this, because as I write, I have a feeling in my head like a cloud, or smog, is blocking my thoughts. As I now know, trouble concentrating, is a classic early symptom of bipolar.This cloud or fog in my brain, as I refer to it, began in my mid twenties. My lack of knowledge of what was causing the symptoms I was experiencing, and thus not getting proper mental health treatment for my bipolar, led me into many downfalls in my life. Bipolar symptoms and a lack of treatment caused me a lot of losses in my life.Another early symptom of my bipolar, was how terribly tired I was feeling most of the time. I often felt so tired I didn't even want to get out my bed in the morning, let alone leave my house. All of this was so new to me, I was quite the opposite before. Bipolar took who I was before, and flipped it upside down. Bipolar's symptoms rocked my world in a very negative way. Bipolar disorder's symptoms have had a big negative effect on all aspects of my life.I was beginning to feel very awful almost all of the time, but had no clue why I was feeling so bad. I was not depressed, in fact, my bipolar struck me at a time in my lifethat I had so many reasons to be happy, and excited about life. I had no reason at the time, to feel sad or depressed. Before bipolar struck me, I was a very happy and well liked person. It was not a depression, and I knew that for a certainty. Boy, if only I could feel like myself again, I often thought to myself. I expressed to some close to me, how I no longer felt like myself. I explained about the cloud-like feeling I had in my head or brain. I explained how I no longer wanted to do many active things, and thus was opting out of the many invites to go out and socialize. Now, all I wanted to do most of the day was lay in my bed. bipolar truly caused me to be almost catatonic at times. Working with bipolar disorder was getting harder, and harder, to handle. My motivation to go to work, and ability to perform it was affected. Bipolar's symptoms really had a negative impact on my life.Early Bipolar Symptoms are Often Difficult to Diagnose:No one said to me, maybe you have bipolar disorder. In fact, many of them had no suggestion of an answer at all. Most of my friends and family had no clue it was bipolar that was making me feel this way, and neither did I. Some suggested that maybe I was going through a depression. As I already mentioned, I had no reason for feeling depressed, I knew it wasn't that.Bipolar's symptoms effect on my life, had me reaching out for answers. I even thought that maybe I had a brain tumor. I did actually consider getting a brain scan, and I would have, if it had come to that. Someone else suggested to me, that maybe it's my blood sugar level. Now that made some sense as a probable cause for my symptoms. Sugar levels that are off, can cause similar symptoms of fatigue like bipolar. I felt relief that maybe that is what is wrong with me and if so, I can fix this.So I set up an appointment with an Internist to check my blood levels out. The Internist takes some blood from me for various tests. But I won't get my answer today, he would have to get back with me at a future time once the tests are completed. So I wait and wait for the test results to come back. The doctor eventually calls me and tells me to come in to see him, the results of the test are in. The blood tests show that there is nothing wrong with my sugar levels. UMPH! Although the blood work did not reveal what was wrong with me, my 2nd visit with the doctor isn't in vain. The Doctor suggests to me another possibility for the symptoms I was experiencing. The Symptoms Finally Lead to a Diagnosis:The Internist asks me, does your family have any known history of bipolar disorder? At the time, I was not really sure the answer to that question. The doctor suggests that I should look into the fact that maybe I have bipolar disorder. He said that if I have totally ruled out depression as the cause of the symptoms I was experiencing, bipolar disorder was highly probable to be the cause for them.I did find out later, as is usually the case with those who have bipolar disorder, that I do have a family history of mental illness. My grandmother on my mother's side of the family had bipolar disorder. I did proceed to visit a psychologist, and he confirmed that I have bipolar disorder type 2.So after many years of just trying to cope with these symptoms of severe fatigue, the lack of concentration ability, tiredness, apathy, social detachment, and my waning interest in friends and activities. At least now, finally! I knew what was going on. It's my mental health, I have bipolar disorder. But what do I do now? What is bipolar exactly? Can I get better? Will I ever feel normal again? These are all questions I was challenged to find answers to.It's Your TurnSo what do you think? To leave a comment, scroll down.Get all my new articles instantly just subscribe for Free updates. Thanks!
  • Bipolar disorder symptoms

    1. 1. Bipolar DisorderSymptomsBipolar Symptoms
    2. 2. • Noticeable changes in sleep patterns, such as insomnia or oversleeping• A drop in ones school grades or frequent absences from school• Unusual complaints of tiredness or apathy• Over sensitivity to rejection or defeat• An unusual increase in grumpiness, aggression, or anger• Social detachment• Reckless behavior• Alcohol or drug abuse• Difficulty getting along with others• Outbursts of shouting or crying• A Waning interest in friends and activities• Self-injurious behavior or talk of suicide• Trouble concentrating• Although the bipolar symptoms above are classic identifiers of the disorder, there are some differences in the way a man, woman, or child may experience and exhibit their symptoms. Symptoms of bipolar arise from two different extreme mood swing patterns. The first is mania which is characterized by extreme high exuberant moods, and then there is depressive which is characterized by extreme low periods of sadness and fatigue.
    3. 3. Bipolar Symptoms in Men• Men are often taught from childhood to be problem solvers and to suck it up and control their feelings when issues arise. As a result, a man with bipolar disorder will often seclude himself from others and attempt to hide his problem. As an ingrained problem solver not wanting to be perceived as a problem causer, a man may try and just deal with his disorder alone. A mans unwillingness to talk about his problems is a major reason why men are four times more likely to commit suicide than are women. It also explains why men with bipolar are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs.• Men are less likely than women to seek help and treatment, and often they wont admit the seriousness of their symptoms.• Instead of appearing sad, men will often become irritable, aggressive, act reckless or drink too much.• Mania in men often manifests itself with impulsive thinking that causes them to be reckless in behavior in pursuit of gratification.• Men on average develop bipolar disorder at a much earlier age than women.• A mans first episode of bipolar is usually a manic one.
    4. 4. Bipolar Symptoms in Women• Because of her hormones a woman is more likely to experience more frequent depression symptoms than a man. (Unhappiness, loss of interest in things, agitation, sleep problems, indecisiveness, loss of energy, periods of unexplained crying and feelings of worthlessness.)• There is a seven time increase in need for hospitalization for their bipolar disorder in women that are pregnant or have recently given birth.• A recurrence of bipolar symptoms is twice as likely in pregnant women.• Women with bipolar disorder often experience more severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.• A womans first episode of bipolar is usually a depressive one.
    5. 5. Bipolar Symptoms in Children• Bipolar has been reported to appear in children as young as six years old. Diagnosing bipolar in children is still controversial because the symptoms of bipolar often mimic other disorders like ADHD, conduct disorder or even normal child behavior. With these facts in mind a second opinion would be wise before accepting any treatment suggestions.• Children with bipolar usually have more frequent shifts in mood. In children the mood changes that occur between manic and depressive can be continuous, rapid, and sometimes happen all in the same day.• Children with bipolar during manic periods tend to be more irritable than adults with bipolar.• Children with bipolar also may experience more psychotic symptoms such as seeing or hearing things during a manic period.
    6. 6. The Effects of Bipolar• The symptoms of bipolar disorder can have very severe effects on ones life. Bipolar symptoms can effect every aspect of a persons life. The known symptoms of bipolar disorder can affect ones:• relationships• educational pursuits• career• finances• social endeavors• personality• sleep pattern• mood• spirituality• And ones overall zest and enjoyment of life. Many people have committed suicide as a direct result of bipolar symptoms. With treatment, people with bipolar can normally still function and obtain all the normal desires and goals of life, just like everyone else. But bipolar disorder can make it extremely more difficult to do so.

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