Being bipolar can be an experience that is unique to you. There may-be people you know who have it or there may-be family who are supportive of you, but no one truly knows what it is exactly. Being bipolar is talking a mile a minute and having people try to hear you out or sometimes walk away. Being bipolar is feeling on top of the world one minute and hitting rock bottom the next and having to know and deal with it on your own. Being bipolar is sleeping very little and having all the energy in the world. It does not make you less smart or less creative or less capable than anyone else. If you choose to deal with it, know you have a problem, educate yourself about the problem and get help, you can beat it.
People with bipolar disorder have an almost unearthly energy radiating from them during the manic phase. They feel they can do anything and everything but they just can’t seem to hold onto any single thought or idea. It’s like your mind is on a trampoline and just doesn’t hit the ground long enough to be seen or heard. When they plummet to the bottom in the depressive phase however, they feel like life just doesn’t seem worth living or going on with. They feel that life is just so ‘empty’ and they just don’t want to be alive anymore.
Being bipolar essentially means being characterized by varying or alternating mood swings that oscillate between mania and depression. Mood swings can be mild to severe or of varying durations followed by changes in thinking and behavior. The episodes can last between a week or a month or more. While the onset generally occurs during young adulthood, this condition has also been seen in children. Occurrences after the age of fifty can be due to drugs, alcohol, steroids or some form of mental illness. Manic depressive illness affects males and females equally as well as people belonging to both high and low social classes.
People are often reluctant to seek help due to various reasons. It may be because they don’t understand what is happening to their system, or due to the fact that they enjoy the initial phase of mania which gives them a sense of euphoria and power. However, the manic episodes can prove to be quite difficult to deal with once they get severe. Hallucinations and delusions can greatly impair the individuals functioning in their day to day life. The side effects of medication can also be devastating and could be another reason why it is difficult for people to ask for help. However, with a supportive family, friends, group therapy and medication that is comfortable to you, you can beat this disease hands down! Being bipolar is no curse --, get help, get yourself diagnosed and walk towards a healthy life today!