Understanding Someone with Bipolar Disorder
You know those masks used to represent drama artistically? One is laughing and the other crying? It’s basically how I’ve always found myself understanding someone with bipolar disorder. Don’t get me wrong, it is a serious mental condition and by no means I see a person living with it as melodramatic or anything similar, it is though, hard to deal with the sudden mood swings from this balancing act.
The bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression. Serious mood shifts that go from one extreme of high peaks of mania to the other of severe depression which is presented in the most serious cases, however there are the mood levels in between that are more commonly seen in bipolar patients. These mood changes can go for days, weeks or even months. What differentiates them from normal feeling is the intensity they are presented in the person.
According to the HelpGuide.org, while presenting a manic episode, someone with bipolar disordercould do impulsive things like quitting their job, spend all their credit cards and sleep very little as two or three hours and still feel rested. On the other hand, during a depressive state, that same someone could be feeling hopeless and full of self-loathing because he or she is unemployed, in debt and too tired to get out of bed. The causes are not quite clear, but it is often related to hereditary causes. The first episodes could occur in teenage year or early adulthood.
While it is hard for someone with bipolar disorder to stay balanced, it is also hard for his or her family, friends and colleagues. No one likes to be mistreated during one of those manic depressive episodes and not see that it might only be the disease talking. In fact there are many guides and tips on the internet to help you care and understand someone with bipolar disorder.
For example, WedMD provides detailed tips and steps to help out the bipolar patient, among them are:
- Encourage your loved one to stick with treatment.
- Keep track of symptoms.
- Make an explicit plan.
- Learn and listen.
The bipolar disorder can be treated with mood stabilizing medications specially created for the disease, not the generic antidepressants since they could make the condition even worse. Psychiatric treatments are recommended to be taken as soon as possible. It is a long term treatment and should not be dropped once the patient starts seeing the positive results.
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