We all experience mood changes in response to our life events, somedays are brighter than yesterday while some are the darkest. It’s an experience we all must fight through and survive to make us learn. But what if you start feeling these opposites of emotions together at the same time, where you go through extreme mood changes from euphoric to being severely depressed? Such is a condition with an individual who goes through bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition with strong changes in mood energy. Such mood elevations are on such a basis, that it hinders a person’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, thus, causing distress to the individual. It can be difficult to make a proper diagnosis for several reasons. That is because the experiences are usually misidentified as unipolar or depression first. The hypomanic mood states are often missed. It can be difficult to figure out what normal behavior is and therefore hard to determine what hypomania would look like for that person.
Also, other things can present themselves with bipolar disorder but aren’t the real cause behind the symptoms. For example, it could be a head injury, trauma, a tumor, diabetes, thyroid problems, among others. Many times, alcohol or drug abuse masks bipolar disorder as people will self-medicate. Therefore, it is difficult to determine the underlying cause. (Clark, 2018)
In daily life, people generally use terms like “bipolar” and “manic” to identify someone who’s very irritated and restless. However, that’s not the case. Bipolar may sound very easy to identify, and one may attribute it to themselves or to the other person easily but that’s not the case. Bipolarity is a serious issue and can vary. A person might think not through before her/his actions, they may feel it's justifiable until someone acknowledges them and points out their mood change.
It is thus, necessary for an individual to just not read and identify themselves with different mental health issue disorders, and/or self-diagnose, and get help from a professional. If the assessment is
done correctly and the person is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then that is just the beginning of a long road the person and their psychiatrist will endure to figure out ways to help them.
- Clark, M. (2018, April 4). Bipolar Bandit. Retrieved from: https://bipolarbandit.wordpress.com/