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4 Things You Need To Understand About The Bipolar Brain By Thoughts with N

Hi, thanks for coming to my little space on the internet! If you’re new here HI HI! I’m Enn, and I live with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety. If you want to educate yourself surrounding Bipolar Disorder before you proceed further here are a few posts I recommend:

Understanding Bipolar Disorder And Focus

5 Things You Need To Know About Sertraline

Bipolar 2 – What It Is And What Makes It Different

In this post, I’m sharing some differences between a bipolar brain and a “healthy” brain.

Healthy in this case is referring to a brain without bipolar disorder or any other mental illness.

Bipolar disorder affects lives in more ways than I could even write about. My entire life is centred around the disorder. I work at home because working out of the home took everything out of me and basically left me a ghost. So I went on a rampage wanting to know what is the difference. Why is my brain like this, as is every person living with this disorder?

Cycling through moods – mania and depression – has a clear impact on cognitive function.

Cognitive function refers to things like problem-solving skills, learning, thinking, reasoning, remembering, attention and more. It’s not difficult to imagine how difficult it is to function through life with less cognitive function. This affects me in so many ways. It is frustrating and leaves me slightly hopeless sometimes. What I find peace in is remembering that Bipolar Disorder is exactly that. A disorder. It is an illness that affects the brain. It isn’t something that I can control, nor can any other person suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

A few significant findings in a bipolar brain: Bipolar Disorder | Understand the Symptoms & How to Get Treated

  • people respond differently to stimuli depending on what mood they are in.
  • The visual cortex is less active during a hypomanic episode.
  • Reduced grey matter in the brain. (Associated with inhibition and emotion)
  • smaller or shrunken hippocampus (responsible for processing long-term memories)
  • Noradrenaline is affected. This increases reaction time and affects the ability to concentrate.
  • change in the number of neurotransmitters

How bipolar disorder can affect someone’s life:

  • Bipolar disorder greatly affects the central nervous system. Some of the associated effects of this are irritability, aggressiveness, hopelessness, feelings of guilt, severe sadness and much more.
  • During a depressive episode, there can be severe concentration difficulties.
  • Bipolar disorder can affect the cardiovascular system of the body. It does this with heart palpitations and increased heart rate.
  • High blood pressure
  • Changes in libido
  • Depressive episodes can lead to severe aches and pains in the body.

How to support someone with bipolar disorder:

  • Learn about the disorder. Have a clear understanding of what your loved one is handling.
  • Advocate for the person to get help if they haven’t already.
  • Communicate openly and free of judgement.
  • Show patience.
  • Accept your loved one’s limits.
  • Listen
  • Play an active role in their treatment plan.

Some resources related to bipolar disorder:

Mayo Clinic – Bipolar Disorder

Living with Bipolar Disorder

Health Link BC

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out. Treatment is possible and life is worth fighting for.

Love Always, Enn

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15 Comments

  • jacob suarez

    I loved the brief summary and explanation of the different facets of Bipolar disorder. I have some family members with the mental illness. I am challenged with schizophrenia myself. IMO, being normal is overated. lol. People with mental illness are the most intelligent. Great to think of huh? I’ll bet you are wonderful fiction wirter! Thanks for the article! God bless!

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  • Emma

    I’m always fascinated by your posts. I learn so much from the information you share. As a mentla health educator I’m always reading up on different aspects of mental health. And I like to include people’s personal experiences and how they relate to their diagnosis as well as the more medical information. I think it’s vital that people’s voices are heard and we highlight tthe variety of people’s experiences.

  • Nitu Howlader

    Great post. It’s no joke going through a chronical disease. I know the pain cause I’m going through 2 of them. No one can relate. Learning more the disease and self care is really necessary

  • Molly @ Transatlantic Notes

    This was a really great breakdown of a usually complex subject. I know very little about the bipolar brain but can see how impactful it is to have some level of understanding so we can support anyone we know who is living with this. Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences — this is a valuable resource.

  • The Healthcare Hustle

    This is such an important topic Enn, thank you for sharing! the more people are educated about bipolar disorder the better we can empathize and support those with it

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