Hi! Thanks for stopping by here today. Today I’m sharing some Bipolar Disorder facts. If you’re a regular here, you probably know I live with Bipolar Disorder. I’ve been known to write a bit about it here and there. If you haven’t read my articles yet, here are a few to check out:
There are so many things I want to share with you about this neurological disorder. Living with it feels like a nightmare and a blessing simultaneously. My brain is different, and there are so many bad parts to it, but I’ve been learning that there are also many unique parts to me because of it.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Before we jump into my list of bipolar disorder facts, let’s unwrap what exactly this disorder is. According to the Mayo Clinic – “Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).” How this impacts a person’s life can change. Some people with the disorder go on to lead happy, healthy lives, while others struggle to find help, be it medication, therapy, etc. Help is not always available, and even receiving a diagnosis can take long.
Bipolar Disorder Facts You Need To Know
Bipolar Disorder is more common than you might think.
There are different types of bipolar disorder. It’s not a one-size fits all kind of thing.
The highs and lows of the disorder are not just “mood swings”.
Depression, mania, and hypomania are all possible moods, all able to coexist at once.
Mixed episodes are a thing.
Mania/hypomania is not fun.
Medication is a part of taking care of yourself. People living with bipolar disorder must be sure to follow their medication instructions. Once a person begins feeling better, it’s not the time to stop taking the medication.
Psychosis is possible.
Genetics might play an important role in understanding why people get this mental illness.
It’s hard to diagnose it properly. It can take time.
Bipolar depression is commonly mistaken for depression.
The length of time the episode will last can fluctuate from person to person.
There isn’t one known single cause of the disorder.
Children can have bipolar disorder.
Treatment usually always involves a combination of medication and therapy.
People with bipolar disorder can lead healthy lives.
Bipolar Disorder can affect pregnancy.
Both mania/hypomania and depression are dangerous moods and can put the person in harm’s way.
Bipolar Disorder won’t go away. There isn’t a cure.
There isn’t a single test that will show a diagnosis.
What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder?
Like other illnesses, symptoms can look and feel different between people. Below are some common symptoms of bipolar disorder. If you, or someone you know is struggling then please, please reach out. You are not alone and you don’t have to walk this journey alone.
feeling unusually high or on fast-forward
little need for sleep
unable to concentrate
delusions or hallucinations
loss of energy
physically and mentally sluggish
Do you have any questions about bipolar disorder? Did you learn anything from this article? Feel free to reach out or comment below to connect.