Bipolar Disorder is not as uncommon as you might think. In fact, there are 5.7 million adult Americans who are 18 years and older in the United States that are affected according to the Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Alliance.
Bipolar Disorder causes extreme changes in a person’s behavior, thinking, energy, and mood. Unlike typical mood changes, the changes involved with this disorder are so strong that they get in the way of being able to function normally for days, weeks, or even months at a time.
It appears that certain people are genetically predisposed to Bipolar Disorder which is also known as having Manic Depression; and the first episode whether depressive or manic will usually manifest during the teen or early adult years. However, not everyone with a family history actually develops the illness, so this suggests that genes are not the only cause. Some brain imaging studies actually reveal physical changes in the brains of those who have the disorder. Other research points to discrepancies in the neurotransmitters of the brain, abnormal function of the thyroid gland, disturbances in the circadian rhythms, and high levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone in the body.
9 Signs That You May Be Bipolar:
Since the symptoms can be rather confusing and subtle, many people with the disorder are frequently misdiagnosed or the symptoms are often overlooked .However, there are still various signs that are often associated with having Bipolar Disorder including the following:
1. Extremely Cheerful Mood
If a person is unusually happy and experiences major changes in behavior such as feeling totally rested after sleeping for only two hours, then it may indicate that he or she is going through a manic phase.
2. Quickly Becomes Depressed Or Irritable
If an individual suddenly alternates between happiness and depression or becomes very agitated over the simplest things, then this may indicate that the person is suffering through a depression phase, which is often characterized by being too exhausted to get up, hopelessness, and excessive crying. It is important to note that depression in bipolar individuals is different from traditional depression. In addition, typical Antidepressants will not work for bipolar and can actually make it worse.
3. Substance Abuse
During the depression or manic phases, some people will turn to alcohol or drugs in order to cope.
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