Bipolar disorder is a condition suffered by many understood by few, it is important to understand this condition in general in order to know how to manage it if you have the disorder yourself or mange your relationship and understanding of people you love suffering from it. Often times people we only thought to have bad personalities are actually people who are suffering from Bipolar disorder, if undetected and left untreated it could lead to terrible consequences. We will discuss the different types of Bipolar disorder and the symptoms to look out for. This does not replace a medical diagnosis, if you feel that you or a loved one may have the condition consult a doctor as soon as you can.
The different types of the disorder ranges from mild to severe:
1.) Bipolar I
Those who suffer from Bipolar I normally experience a manic episode in their life, an elevated mood and energy, something like overconfidence but more disruptive to normal life which may be accompanied with abnormal behavior. After the Manic episode the person with the condition often returns back into a normal state, it will take time but the sufferer will also go to a state of Depression disruptive to normal life. Varying from person to person there can be a cycle of manic episodes and Depressed Episodes, with normal states in between.
2.) Bipolar II
Similar to Bipolar I, the person suffering from the condition will have episodes of UP and Down. The difference between the two is that in Bipolar II, rather than a full on Mania the patient has a less intense mood called Hypomania, and suffer from depression more often. People with the condition are able to live normally between episodes though.
3.) Rapid Cycling
This is a type of bipolar disorder where the cycle between the episodes are more rapid, the number of episode could be more the 5 a year.
4.) Mixed Bipolar
The person suffering from the condition will cycle the episodes more rapidly and might even experience Mania and depression at the same time.
This is a milder disorder compared to those with the full blown disorder, with milder symptoms that appears comparatively less.
Bipolar disorder may show symptoms as early as in the late teens to twenties, it is important to know the general symptoms and know if the diagnosis of a doctor is needed.
Here are some of the symptoms that may appear:
1.) Bipolar Mania could be characterized by the following:
- Euphoria or irritability
- Increased energy and activity
- Excessive talk
- Inflated self-esteem
- Unusual energy
2.) Bipolar Depression may be characterized by the following:
- Depressed mood and low self-esteem
- Low levels of energy
- Sadness, loneliness, helplessness, guilt
- Slow speech, Fatigue, and poor coordination
- Suicidal thoughts
- Poor concentration
- Lack of interest
The quality of life you or your love one has depends on you acting and determining if you truly have the condition and need treatment.