Bi-Polar Disorder

A different depression

Bipolar Disorder

Bi-Polar Disorder is a very serious, but common mental illness. Symptoms from this illness are very severe. They can vary from psychotic like happiness and suicidal depression. Bi-Polar Disorder can lead to bad grades or work effort, failed friendships, breaking away from others, and even suicide. Even though this illness is not curable, it is treatable. And with the right treatment and understanding, the patients can get better.

Causes

Scientists and therapists have tried to figure this out, however, there is no real reason or cause to people getting this illness. Instead, there are some factors as to how it can be passed down.


Brain Structure and Functioning: Some scientists have found that the way some people's Bi-Polar disorder was from their brain development. MRI's showed that children with B-Polar disorder had different brain patterns of brain development than ""normal", healthy brains of other children.

The Types of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder has four main different types. Each has slightly different symptoms, ranging from too much or too little of one particular thing. These main four are:


Bipolar 1 Disorder: People with Bipolar 1 Disorder tend to have severe manic episodes, usually leading to hospitalization. They also have manic and mixed episodes that last up to seven days. Their depressive episodes usually last two weeks.

Bipolar 2 Disorder: People with this disorder tend to have depressive and hypomanic episodes, but no huge manic or mixed episodes.

Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (BP-NOS): These patients usually have no symptoms from type one or type two of Bipolar Disorder. They have symptoms of Bipolar of course, but none matching the exact criteria of the two other types. These symptoms are determined because they are usually way out of the persons usual behavior.

Cyclothymic Disorder, or Cyclothymia: This is a mild form of Bipolar Disorder. Even though their symptoms do not match any of the other types, these people generally have episodes of hypomania as well as mild depression that lasts for usually two years.

What is Bipolar Disorder Like?

Bipolar Disorder is much like depression. One day you could feel like life is good, and the birds are chirping; The next day, you could feel like your only option out of this rigid world is through death. Most people describe the manic part of things as ¨Exciting, jumpy, buzzing with energy.¨ and the depressive part of it all as ¨Lonely, dark, feeling like nothing.¨ Some poeple with depression or Bipolar disorder reach out to others, and in return get the same words: ¨Your life is fine! Calm down.", "Life will get better, dont worry about it.¨,¨Its just a phase.¨. These words do not help the person. You should help them by listening to them and talking to them.
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Signs And Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder

People with Bipolar Disorder go through "mood episodes", which are out of the blue intense emotional states for long periods of time. Each of these episodes are drastic changes from the persons usual moods and behavior, and can really affect their lives and connections. A extremely sad or hopeless state is called a depressive episode. A excited and lively state is called a manic episode. Sometimes, a mood episode can involve both happy and depressive states, and this is called a mixed state. People in these episodes tend to sometimes be annoyed easily and explosive.

Changes Of Mood Involving A Manic Episode Include:

~ A long period of feeling "high" or having an outgoing mood.

~ Extreme irritably

Symptoms Of A Manic Episode Include:

~ Talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts

~ Being easily distracted

~ Increasing activities, such as taking on new projects

~ Being overly restless

~ Sleeping little or not at all

~ Having an unrealistic belief in one's abilities

~ Behaving impulsively and engaging in high risk behaviors

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Changes Of Mood Involving A Depressive Episode Include:

~ An overly long period of feeling sad or hopeless

~ Loss if interest in activities once enjoyed

Symptoms Of A Depressive Episode Include:

~ Feeling tired or "slowed down"

~ Having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions

~ Being restless or irritable

~ Thinking of death/suicide, or attempting suicide

~ Changes in eating, sleeping, or other habits

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Plenty of people with Bipolar also can have mixed states, where both manic and depressive states are visible. During this state, you might have trouble sleeping, having extreme changes of eating habits, and suicidal thoughts. People in this mixed state feel very sad and hopeless, yet at the same time feel energized.
Of course, some people may think that they have Bipolar disorder. But like everyone else, life can make a person drop into bad times. And of course, some people do have Bipolar disorder. NO matter how you act and what you think, there's still a strong similarity: both these people are sad. So no matter what, always be there for this person. And get them help if they need it, of course. But also be a shoulder to cry on. They need it.

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Please follow these guidelines and information of needed, and always know that you will win the fight.