Being bipolar may be an experience that is unique to you. There may be people you know who have this disorder or there may be families who are supportive of you, but no one truly knows exactly what this disorder is.

Being bipolar means talking a mile a minute. Some people may have the patience to listen to you; others may walk away as they can’t comprehend what you’re saying. Being bipolar is feeling on top of the world one minute and hitting rock bottom the next minute. Being bipolar is getting very little sleep and yet having all the energy despite lack of sleep. It does not make you less smart or less creative or less capable than anyone else. If you choose to deal with this disorder, know you have a problem, educate yourself about the problem and get help. You can beat it!

People with bipolar disorders have an almost unearthly energy radiating from them during the manic phase. They feel they can do anything and everything. However, 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. They feel that life is just so ‘empty’ and there is nothing significant to live for.

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 is generally during young adulthood, this disorder has also been seen in children. Affliction of this disorder after the age of fifty may 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 with this disorder are often reluctant to seek help due to various reasons. One is maybe because they don’t understand what is happening to their body system. Second is maybe they enjoy the initial phase of mania which gives them a sense of euphoria and power.

However, the manic episodes may prove to be quite difficult to deal with once they get severe. Hallucinations and delusions can greatly impair the individual’s day to day life activities. The side effects of medication may 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 convenient to the patient, this disorder could easily be treated.