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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.
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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,