We may describe bipolar disorder as a serious mental condition that is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression. It leads to dangerous behavior, destroys relationships, shatters careers, and worse can lead to suicidal actions if not dealt with. Bipolar disorder can be disastrous if the patient cannot control his situation.
This mental condition is a trauma to the person affected by it, and a burden to the family, a frightening event that sweeps off the balance and becomes uncertain of what lies in the days ahead. It is even difficult to diagnose due to the fact that it has no definitive test used like x-rays or blood samples that can tell, and not all people share the same symptoms.
The symptoms vary from person to person and can mimic other symptoms. What happens is that in bipolar disorder there is a dramatic mood swing that does not follow a certain pattern, and that mania is not being followed by depression immediately. A person may experience the same mood several times going on for days, weeks, months or even years before suddenly experiencing the opposite mood. Every person’s severity of moods phase can differ.
Manic phase is being extremely happy, and the feelings are very much energetic, which allows in the manic phase to contemplate more at one time, and process things at a faster state. Danger lies ahead in this phase since when this grows, a dramatic turn of events can happen like spending a lot of money for no reasons, or impulsive sex. If not satisfied during this phase, anger will take its toll and violence can explode at any moment.
Depressive phase tells a different story–sadness, loss of energy, uncontrollable crying, anxiety, and increased need of sleep, difficulty of making decisions, change of appetite causing weight loss or gain, and thoughts of death or suicide. During these phases the patient is holistically taken care of, self-injury will be a way of coping to overcome the emotions. It is usually repetitive, and not a one time action.
Bipolar disorder is not a condition that needs to be tackled alone. You will need the help and support of a lot of people–your friends, your healthcare provider, especially your family, because medication alone is not enough for you to feel better, though it is always prescribed and necessary if you have bipolar disorder. So the first step is to seek out a health care provider who has the expertise. In most cases, this would be the psychiatrist.
Finding someone whom you can rely and trust is important to have a good working relationship, because if you don’t feel comfortable around your doctor you might not open up about the symptoms or side effects of the medication. DON’T be passive, taking an active role helps in your recovery. Know about the bipolar disorder and its treatment. Go into questions.
Work on your relationship with your co-workers, friends, and family. Reduce stress, learn ways to talk to people about your bipolar disorder. Identify and avoid situations that can trigger mania or depression, see your situation on a different perspective and stick to your bipolar treatment and live a healthy lifestyle.
However, these may not be enough to control bipolar disorder especially during episodes of mania or depression. But along with the medications, life coaching may play a key role in the recovery and ongoing treatment.
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Bipolar disorder remains a highly recurrent, predominantly depressive illness, this is why despite of recovery, it is believed to be a lifelong condition. However, with the right and ongoing medication, proper lifestyle, and life designing, you can still have the chance to live normally.