Poor mental health can swallow a healthy person. Actually, avoiding mental health can be very dangerous. No one can see anger, joy, frustration or other emotions but they exist. Similarly, we can’t see disorders or diseases like OCD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, etc. but they do exist. The stigma around therapy, psychological counselling, etc. must be shunned. Mental health should be given utmost importance just like other diseases. One should not feel ashamed to talk about it. Bipolar disorder is one such taboo that people don’t discuss. Living a life with bipolar disorder is quite tedious. Because of the hush-hush nature surrounding Bipolar disorder, this blog is dedicated to living a life with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar Disorder – What is it?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, Bipolar disorders are brain disorders that cause changes in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. Bipolar disorder is a category that includes three different conditions — bipolar I, bipolar II and cyclothymic disorder.
People with bipolar disorders have extreme and intense emotional states that occur at distinct times, called mood episodes. These mood episodes are categorized as manic, hypomanic or depressive. People with bipolar disorders generally have periods of normal mood as well. Bipolar disorders can be treated, and people with these illnesses can lead full and productive lives. – American Psychiatric Association
Thus, bipolar disorder is a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings that could be very low depression to very high emotional phase. Life with bipolar disorder is difficult as people lose control with sudden mood swings. People who suffer from problems like unemployment, loneliness and family disputes can easily become the prey of bipolar disorder. Especially in teenage, the chances of getting affected with Teen Depression and bipolar disorder is high. Today, 60% of youth suffer from depression. Sadly, Bipolar disorder has no specific cure. Still, living a life with bipolar disorder can be made easy with some therapy, medication or advice from doctors.
The Symptoms and Treatments
The symptoms of bipolar disorder always vary. If a person suddenly starts feeling happy or excited without any reason and behaves abnormally then they must get medical advice, as early as possible.
Some recommended that therapy, medicines, lots of love and care can also help bipolar disorder. Moreover, spending quality time with them, sharing their sorrow and showing love can also speed up the healing process.
The Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
- Feeling of guilt
- Dull mood
- Memory loss
- Being defensive
- Being in an excessively good mood
- Loss of power of concentration
- Being easily distracted
- Having a proactive attitude
- Aggressive behaviour
- The anxiety that affects Cardiovascular system which leads to rapid heart rate, increased pulse rate.
- Hormonal changes
- Weight gain/weight loss
- Low confidence level
- Lack of interest
Meditation is a great help against Bipolar depression. It helps a person to feel relaxed, not just physically but mentally too. Mental stability can also be possible if a person starts believing in oneself as meditation teaches us how to interact with the inner self.
Yoga has great benefits too. Medications can heal the pain for a few minutes or hours. However, meditation and yoga heal a person’s soul. The benefits of yoga and meditation are as follows:
- It brings positivity
- Helps to feel relaxed and alive
- Makes body hale and hearty
- Reduces mental stress
- Generates the hope of living
- Helps to feel optimistic
- Brings peace and stability
- Increase the concentration power
The Role of Family and Friends in Living A Life with Bipolar Disorder
People who do not get love and attention from their loved ones get lonely. Thus, they are more likely to suffer from poor mental health. Gradually their loneliness makes them empty from inside. Eventually, they start separating themselves from others. At this point of time, family and friends can act as a key to bring them out from this hell. A person with bipolar disorder needs true and caring family and friends.
- The family should always stand with the victim.
- If a person is behaving strangely, one should try to find out the cause of such behaviour.
- True friends can be the backup.
- Family and friends should treat them with love.
- Always support them in their work and treatment.
- Make them feel indispensable.
- Encourage proper treatment.
- Help them in their fight against Bipolar disorder.
Nowadays, it has become necessary to talk about mental health and psychological disorders. This can help people in living a life with bipolar disorder. Many patients and families hesitate to share their mental state with others. We should support our near and dear ones in their struggles. It does not take a lot of efforts, just some awareness and empathy.
“A GOOD STATE OF MIND IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT AGAINST ANY THING”
Stay positive, stay happy. Do not hesitate to take medical help. Also, visit our blog on 5 Personality Disorders (Explained)