Bipolar disorder is when there are moments of depression that include overactivity. Some episodes are so debilitating that you may struggle to even do every day daily functions. Finding the joys in life whether it be children, animals, a hobby, or an activity, could be the first step towards pushing through a trying day. While many people with bipolar disorder have a therapist or are under medical attention, finding what works best for you is the most important tool.
Symptoms from bipolar disorder that people may experience includes:
- Mood swings, sadness, elevated mood, anger, anxiety, apathy, apprehension, euphoria, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, or loss of interest or pleasure in activities
- Irritability, risk taking behaviors, disorganized behavior, aggression, agitation, crying, excess desire for sex, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or self-harm
- Unwanted thoughts, delusion, lack of concentration, racing thoughts, slowness in activity, or false belief of superiority
- Depression, manic episode, agitated depression, or paranoia
- Difficulty falling asleep or excess sleepiness
- Fatigue or restlessness
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Rapid and frenzied speaking
Some may think that they do not have anyone to turn to but finding the right cliché is key. This disorder does not only affect the person who is diagnosed but also close family and friends as well. The right group of people can really help in making a difference in someone’s life who is living with bipolar disorder. People who can understand the episodes and develop knowledge on how they can help manage the situations can make these moments much easier. Things that are done or said in these moments of manic/depression may not be what that person would normally say or do.
As a person grows close with someone with bipolar disorder, it would be beneficial for that person to have a plan in place for when their friend or loved one is having that trying moment which leads to manic behavior.
Long-term, this can be managed with therapy, medication, and a lot of support! If you or a loved one are living with bipolar disorder, contact us about our bipolar depression clinical study.