‘Bipolar Day’ falls on the 25th March and brings about awareness. Bipolar is different to Depression.
About 1 in every 100 adults have Bipolar Disorder at some point in their lives, with the condition developing between the ages of 15-19 years old.
Bipolar Disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mood disorder usually characterised by swings in a person’s mood, from euphoric to depressed, or from high to low. In the mania stage they may have lots of energy with little need for sleep.
They may also think and talk faster than they normally would. Their thoughts may also jump rapidly from one subject to another making conversation difficult and getting easily distracted.
They may experience grandiose ideas or delusions about their powers and/or abilities and a loss of judgment. Those in grandiose will become increasingly goal directed and as a result may get themselves into difficulties taking risks, they would normally avoid such as spending money they don’t have or leave a full-time job.
Those with Bipolar who experience the opposite of highs, will have low or depressive moods feeling depressed and that can leave them feeling lethargic, full of self-blame, self-doubt, despairing and difficulty concentrating. This can make it difficult to cope with everyday life.
They may withdraw from social contacts, their friends and the world. Some people with Bipolar may even feel suicidal.
Other symptoms may include:
- Difficulties in making decisions;
- Intrusive and aggressive behaviour;
- Difficulties with remembering things and with concentration;
- Change in appetite and/or unintended weight loss or gain,
- Thoughts of death or suicide.
Bipolar is controlled and managed by meds, administered on the severity of the condition. Not everyone with Bipolar will be given the same meds. It is important to continue to seek medical assistance if you feel the meds aren’t working, or your symptoms have changed.
Although Bipolar isn’t curable, and it runs in families with the right support both from family or a spouse and through a doctor, the condition can be managed successfully.