People with bipolar disorder don’t always have severe mood swings.
Most people with bipolar disorder have more episodes of depression than mania. Less dramatic manic states, called hypomanic episodes, can be subtle and go unnoticed by others.
People with bipolar disorder can recover. They may go on to hold jobs in many areas, including holding positions in jobs of authority such as law enforcement or government.
People with bipolar disorder can and do hold positions of authority everywhere. When properly diagnosed and treated, people with bipolar disorder can have highly successful careers.
Everyone has highs and lows, so it isn’t anything to worry about.
Most people do have good and bad days, but when these seriously interfere with your ability to function, you should seek professional help.
There are a variety of causes of bipolar disorder including both genetic and environmental factors.
While bipolar disorder does run in families, environmental factors such as extreme stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may trigger bipolar disorder.
Once a person has their bipolar disorder under control, they don’t need their medication.
While bipolar disorder is highly manageable, the treatment of bipolar disorder is usually life-long.
Medications are all you need to treat bipolar disorder.
Medications are certainly important; however, a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, exercise and sleep; effective coping skills; a support network; psychotherapy; and religious/spiritual practice can all contribute to the successful management of bipolar disorder.
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SYMPTOMS OF MANIA
Excessively "high," euphoric mood
Unrealistic beliefs in one's abilities and powers, such as feeling able to control world events
Decreased need for sleep without feeling tired
Racing thoughts or fast speech
Distractibility or difficulty concentrating
Increased energy, activity, and restlessness
Lasting period of behavior that is different than usual
Increased sexual drive
Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior
Denial that anything is wrong
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
Persistently sad, anxious, irritable or empty mood
Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, including sex
Withdrawal from friends and family
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Feeling tired or rundown
Significant change in appetite and/or weight
Anger and rage
Overreaction to criticism
Feeling unable to meet expectations
Difficulty thinking, concentrating, remembering or making decisions
Feeling restless or agitated
Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt
Persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems or chronic pain that do not respond to routine treatment
Substance abuse problems
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
If you feel like your emotions are out of control, it is OK to reach out for help.
A friend who seems closed off might be going through something bigger.
A friend who’s struggling might be sending signals.
Bipolar disorder is a medical condition in which a person experiences extreme highs (mania) and extreme lows (depression).
Bipolar disorder is most commonly diagnosed in people of college age.
70% or more of people with bipolar disorder respond well to medication that helps reduce the frequency and intensity of manic episodes. A combination of professional counseling and medication helps most people return to productive and fulfilling lives.
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