WHAT IS BIPOLAR DEPRESSION
Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). Moods affect sleep, energy, judgment, behavior and the ability to think clearly.
Having a close family member with bipolar disorder.
Going through a period of high stress such as the death of a loved one.
Drug or alcohol use and abuse.
Biological: Physical changes in the brain
Genetics: Having a close family member with bipolar disorder
Feeling sad or hopeless
Feeling abnormally upbeat, jumpy or wired
Having increased activity, energy or agitation
Having euphoria – extreme feelings of joy and self-confidence
Decreased need for sleep
Poor decision making
Taking sexual risks
Going on spending sprees
Making foolish investments
Feeling sad, empty or hopeless
Teens and children: irritability
Significant weight loss or gain
Sleeping too much
Fatigue and loss of energy
Feelings of worthlessness
Decreased ability to think, concentrate or make decisions
Thinking about, planning or attempting suicide
(I found the information above at http://www.mayoclinic.org )
DIAGNOSIS: Must be made by a psychiatrist.
The only one qualified to make a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is a psychiatrist. If you think you have bipolar disorder your first step is to call a psychiatrist or a mental health clinic and make an appointment for a psychiatric evaluation.
You will speak with the psychiatrist who may prescribe medicine for you. There is nothing wrong with needing medicine. Bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance in the brain. If you were diabetic you would take insulin and it would save your life.If you have bipolar disorder, you may need to take medicine and it could also save your life. Or it could just give you a better quality of life. You will also need to speak regularly to a therapist. This is a nonjudgmental person who is kind and caring. They will listen to you and a good therapist will give you feedback. Most of mine have been very good. My suggestion is to see a therapist for a minimum of six times. If your therapist is not helping you, ask for a new therapist.
I was totally out of control. I was a wonderful mother – very loving and attentive and playful one minute and then screaming at or beating my children the next minute. I could not manage my overwhelming and powerful emotions. I lost custody of my children and permanently damaged them for life. They were taken away from me and three of them grew up in numerous foster homes- separated from me and from each other. They grew up feeling unwanted and unloved because I was so out of control and abusive. Not everybody who has bipolar disorder is violent like I was. That is my story.
I am on medication and I see a therapist regularly. I am not the person I was 30 years ago. Medication and if you have bipolar disorder, you may need to take medicine and it could also save your life. Or it could just give you a better quality of life. You will need to speak to a therapist. I am on medication and I see a therapist regularly. I thank God that I am not the person I was 30 years ago. Medication, counseling, JESUS, and a lot of supportive people have saved my life.
You cannot imagine the difference medication and therapy can make in your life. I was totally out of control in years past and now I am pretty stable most of the time. When I stop taking my medication, I become unstable. It is important to note that many people take the medication, they feel better because of the medication, and they start taking the medication because they feel better. If you are feeling better it is because the medication is working. Do not stop taking your medication.
I hope this blog is a help to you or someone you love.