Have you ever had the experience that you wake up one day and feel energized and in an incredibly good mood and then you feel incredibly sad or depressed on other days?
Do these mood swings start becoming a barrier to the performance of daily activities?
Don’t get ahead of yourself. If this does happen, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a mental illness. However, some people who do experience this have a mental illness known as bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder isn’t an illness that should be taken lightly. This mental illness also known as “manic-depressive illness” or “manic depression” goes through an intense set of mood changes. Through this, their mood can either be incredibly happy, energetic, or active than accustomed to which is known as the “manic episode.” The contrary episode where the individual suffers from intense depression is known as the “depressive episode.”
Bipolar disorder isn’t merely the same as having the regular ups and downs that everyone goes through. Experience with this disorder accompanies many other factors as well and affects a person’s well-being. These intense mood swings are far more extreme than the conventional mood and can be accompanied by factors such as:
- Altering sleep patterns.
- The level of energy of the person.
- The ability for the individual to think clearly.
The symptoms of the manic episode could include:
- Feeling unusually “high” or incredibly energetic.
- Feeling very jumpy.
- Face troubles with being able to fall asleep.
- Talking incredibly fast about multiple different things at once.
- Becoming very agitated.
- Having a feeling where thoughts are moving through the mind very fast.
- The feeling of being able to do multiple things at once.
- Performing risky activities such as spending money unnecessarily.
Whereas, for the depressive episode, the individual may be faced with symptoms including:
- Feeling very “down” and/or sad.
- Sleeping more than usual or becoming sleep deprived.
- A feeling of anxiety.
- The trouble of being able to concentrate.
- Not being able to remember everything.
- Eating either a lot or very little.
- Feeling lethargic all the time.
- Having suicidal thoughts or thinking about death.
The symptoms of this disorder are so severe that they can ruin relationships and make it hard for individuals to keep a job or perform daily activities. The severity of this disorder could even result in self-harm or even suicide.
But who develops bipolar disorder?
Pretty much anyone can develop bipolar disorder. It often begins in a person’s late teenage years or the starting years of the adult age.
It is not completely clear as to why individuals develop this disorder, but there could be several factors that would contribute to the development of it, such as genetics or the structure or function of the brain.
If the feeling of getting help ever arises and you’re faced with the worry of wondering where or who to go to, finding the right person who offers a sense of comfort and expertise to evaluate and diagnose this issue should be the first option.
Silver Lining Psychiatry is a Psychiatrist organization based in Orlando, Florida. Here at SLP, we work towards capturing an individual’s energy to achieve personal goals in a balanced way. We understand that each patient is a unique individual that requires personalized and effective treatment which is beneficial towards the health of him/her and personal goals.