The signs of bipolar may be varied and not everyone who is diagnosed with bipolar will exhibit the same signs of bipolar. Also people who in fact have bipolar disorder may not even be diagnosed with it. They may be misdiagnosed as having something else or they may not seek treatment at all because they do not realize they may even have a problem. Their family and friends may believe something is wrong or abnormal and that the person is showing signs of bipolar but unless the person believes that they have signs of bipolar or recognizes it themselves they may just think they are no different from all other people. Even people dating someone with bipolar issues may not realize the severity of the bipolar.
Some Behavior Considered To Be Bipolar
Bipolar is also called manic depressive but bipolar disorder is the more current name for the disorder. It is a psychiatric disorder or one of the psychological disorders and considered a form of disorder of the brain which is called a mood disorder. The person who actually may have this form of psychological disorders may at times feel like they want to commit suicide. They may also have some form of paranoia. Sometimes a person who is actually bipolar and doesn’t exhibit many signs of bipolar may never be diagnosed as bipolar and may not even have a severe manic episode or even a severe depression. And they may never entertain any thoughts of suicide. The signs of bipolar may only occur a few times a year.
Manic And Depression Stages In Children
The onset of the signs of bipolar generally appears in older children into the period of young adulthood. This is when it may be considered to be full blown. A child may be more prone to bipolar if the have a bipolar mother or other bipolar blood relative. Generally the first episodes of bipolar are the signs of bipolar which is the stage of depression. Because of this some young patients may be misdiagnosed as having major depression. After the initial depression stage comes the manic episode. The severity of the manic stage will dictate the classification of the bipolar. The signs of bipolar in children may exhibit different patterns than in adults as they tend to have very rapid and erratic mood changes and you may not notice something like paranoia.
Some Possible Causes Of Bipolar Disorder
Genetics is considered to be a cause of bipolar. If other family members are diagnosed as bipolar then family members have a greater chance of also being diagnosed as bipolar. Physical changes in the brain may cause bipolar disorder. An imbalance in the Neurotransmitters which are normal brain chemicals may cause a bipolar condition. Environmental issues may also trigger a bipolar disorder such as loosing a child or a close family member. If a child was abused or had a traumatic and disruptive life it may trigger bipolar disorder. Extreme street drug and alcohol abuse might trigger the condition. Periods of extreme stress also may trigger a bipolar disorder. Not all causes are clear cut but the many studies performed lead one to believe there are various reasons for this disease many which can’t be defined.
Life Style Changes
When you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder there are some lifestyle changes you can take which may help the disorder and perhaps even the severity of it. One of these is to stop drinking or using street drugs. If your best friends are negative and always down on you then staying away from that type of person may result in you having more uplifted spirits. Also some form of daily exercise is good for you. Exercising creates endorphins which are a brain chemical that makes a person feel better so get some exercise daily. Learning about the bipolar disease is another way to help understand what you are experiencing which may lead you to think more positively during a period of depression.
Seeking Treatment For Bipolar Disorder
If you exhibit signs of bipolar yourself or consider suicide you should schedule an appointment with a doctor. If you are embarrassed that you may be bipolar or experience suicidal thoughts you should consider speaking to someone you trust like a minister or close friend. Left untreated bipolar cannot heal. However you can receive prescription medications that may help control the bipolar periods or perhaps prevent successive periods of mania or depression. There are some medications called anticonvulsants which may also be called mood stabilizers however some mood stabilizing drugs may not be anticonvulsants. But recognizing that you may be bipolar even if you don’t understand the signs of bipolar is a positive initial step in seeking treatment.
Depression may be the first indicator of a bipolar disorder. The elevated moods of mania may be countered with periods of depression. These changes can be rapid during a day or appear a few times a year. The depression pole of bipolar may be that you have periods of feeling very sad. You may experience anxiety and perhaps guilt and anger at just about everything. There may be no underlying reason for these feelings just that is how you feel. You also may feel isolated and very alone in the world. You also may be experiencing some form of constant pain that may not have an underlying cause other than you hurt or ache. Your concentration may be very poor or nonexistent along with a lack of motivation to do anything.
What Is Mania?
Experiencing elevated moods is a basic definition of mania or the manic portion of manic-depression. With extreme mania you may experience delusions or see or hear things that are not there to be seen or heard which can be considered to be hallucinating just as it would if you were on a street drug high. You may also consider suicide or even attempt it to get attention but not severely damage yourself enough to actually kill yourself. This is one of the signs of bipolar and you need to seek some form of help.