March 30, 2018: Mood Swing? Not! (Part 2) Bipolar Disorders

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Good Afternoon, All!  How are you on this fine Friday?  Things could be worse I guess, that’s if it were Monday, right?  

I thought I would continue where I left off yesterday pertaining to mood disorders, namely which, Bipolar.  Roughly 2.6% of American adults (6 million people) have bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), but… this particular disorder is still misunderstood.  I thought I would use the same illustration from yesterday because of it truly shows what a person with a mood disorder faces daily, weekly, or monthly-depending upon had bad the cycles change.

For people that don’t suffer mood disorders, it is like your mind has betrayed you.  You could be stable one moment, and the very next… “Swoosh”, tears start streaming out of your face, and anxiety levels race like it’s the Grand Prix.  The worse part about it…  Is that you have no idea why the sudden change and that change can stick with you for days, weeks and/or months.  

Signs Of Bipolar

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Before I was diagnosed with Bipolar, I use to say to co-workers, friends even my family,  jokingly mind you…  “You try living inside my head for one day, It’s not a fun place to be!”  Had I known I was mentally ill, I probably wouldn’t have joked about it, but it was exactly how I felt most of my adult life.  

Bipolar disorder is vastly different from the normal ups and downs of everyday life, but many have co-opted the term to refer to (any old change in thoughts or feelings), in other words…” If you don’t suffer from mental illnesses and mood disorders personally, stop referring to yourself as being bipolar!”   The mood swings in someone with bipolar disorder, sometimes also called as Manic Depression and can destroy relationships and job or school performance.  It has been estimated that 25-50% of people with bipolar disorder attempt suicide at least once in their lifetime.  I did.  I hated living inside my own mind so very much, I thought that that was the only route out.  I was wrong of course.

Tomorrow, I will continue to cover the types of bipolar disorders  I and II, as well as the differences between the two.

Thank you, in advance for reading.

Take Care & God Bless,

Beckie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

via Daily Prompt: Betrayed

 

 

16 comments

  1. Thanks for enlightening all of us. I worked with an attorney who was bipolar. She eventually left that job and is now working as a stock clerk at Sam’s Club. She was not happy as an attorney, found it too stressful, went off her meds to make things better – it did not. One day she went into a rage and threw an office chair at her secretary so she was fired. Her secretary knocked on the door multiple times, was worried about her and went in – the chair went airborne. She is much happier now as less stress.

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      • I sat near her … I must admit the mood swings before she was off the meds was a little daunting to me. This happened in 2002. My boss and I left the Firm on 02/01/03. My boss was hard to get along with. Gayle was hard to get along with – he used her as his “associate” for all his matters he needed litigation help on. I got in early and she was always there. I My desk was in her eyesight when her door was open – 90% of the time the door was closed. Some morning I went in and she was in a chipper mood (for lack of any other description) and said “good morning Linda” and we talked about current events, while I unpacked my bag, got settled in at my desk. Sometimes, the door was open and she saw me come in, I’d say “good morning” and she said nothing, but got up and slammed (and I mean SLAMMED the office door shut). I always stopped at Starbucks in the morning … in the afternoon she’d go downstairs for coffee and said “I’ll get you a coffee – anything, tell me.” I always said I never drank it in the afternoon as I had a tall dark roast in the a.m., but thanked her. Nearly every afternoon we had this conversation. She decided to go off her meds in the 90s. My boss said “no, don’t do that” … she was very depressed and tried to harm herself. Was institutionalized for a month and took a leave of absence. My boss went to visit her (he was not my boss at that time … he relayed the story to me later). She was in a straitjacket and heavily sedated. When she returned to work, she was okay – had therapist visits three times a week. Then she felt well and decided to go off her meds again – Robb (my boss and I was working for him at that time) said “no, don’t do this Gayle!” She did it anyway, and then had the incident with the chair. I am friends with her on Facebook. She “friended” me, but we rarely interact. I just sent her a message this week, as she wanted some info about the Family Medical Leave Act – a coworker had a death in the family. Labor law is my boss’ specialty and the coworker had a question, Gayle wanted Robb’s advice. Left her number on his answering machine – it was not her cell, and the message was garbled. She is doing well now. Has a cat and a dog who she cherishes and are the center of her world. You can delete this message if you want as it is something that may worry some people. This is not every instance when people go off their meds.

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      • Well that’s good – are there not pharmaceutical companies that help you out? My mom was on expensive eye drops and was on a program as she was low income, so she got samples once a quarter, but she still had to buy her own drops to supplement what they gave her.

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