February 17, 2013

Bipolar Disorder

There are two main types of Bipolar; Bipolar I and Bipolar II. Bipolar type 1 is manic, which means more frequent episodes of mood swings and irritability that are extreme. Bipolar type 2 is hypomania ,meaning that the person does not experience full mania; they will get high energy levels and impulsiveness.

Mood swings can be brought on by subjects or just out of nowhere. But when it happens you need to recognize that you are having a mood swing and learn how to control it. Once you learn how to control your moods a little better, you and others around can handle it better.

Living with Bipolar is going to take some time to getting used to. There are ways to help you manage your disorder besides medication and therapy. You have to keep your hopes up, even though you feel like your life will never get better. It is all about perspective, how you want to see your life; good, bad, worthless, or improvement.

You can learn more about your disorder; it helps you keep yourself educated about your life and what is happening with you. Last, but not least, get some support. It is better knowing that you are not alone in this. A lot of people have this disorder. There are support groups like in counseling (individual, family, and group), twitter groups, tumblr groups, and more.

Know what your triggers and warning signs; stress, financial matters, not enough sleep, problems with friends and loved ones. The more you know, the better you are prepared. Plus, it is handy when the ones you live with know these so there are not any problems. You can write them down on a piece of paper and put it on the fridge door and or talk to your family about it. This can be a project you can also do.

Don’t give up yet, you can do it.

Maybe your friend or loved one has a Bipolar Disorder; try to help them out. You may not understand much about this disorder, or why they have it, but being there for them lets them know you are not going to leave and that you are willing to understand them. The worst thing for anybody with depression and any disorder is the thought of being alone.

Encourage them to keep up with treatments, especially if they are going to counseling, therapy, or seeing a psychiatrist. Have them take their medications as prescribed. It will take time for it to get in their system.  They may have to try several medications to see what works for them.

Ask them to do something with you, like a walk outside or to go to dinner. If they say no, do not force them as this will only make matters worse. Plus, you can always ask another day. It is good to keep them going and active, it also helps keep their mind off subjects for a little bit. Ask them if they need help or want to talk.

Stay Strong <3

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