From Bipolar on the Mighty, https://themighty.com/2017/07/surprising-physical-symptoms-bipolar-disorder/ Because bipolar disorder is considered a mental illness — most people focus on how mentally taxing the ups and downs of manic and depressive episodes can be. It may also be common for people to talk about the signs and symptoms, and not what it actually feels like to go through them. But the symptoms of bipolar disorder can be just as physical as they are mental. And sometimes, the different “categories” of symptoms intertwine.
The calendar officially flipped seasons this week with the arrival of the summer solstice—the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. But summer isn’t all fun and games for everyone. Maybe life is more complicated with the kids out of school. Maybe you hate the heat. Or maybe you’re prone to seasonal mania at this time of year. Research tracking hospital admissions for a mood episode has pretty consistently identified seasonal patterns that follow the sun in both […]
Ah, spring is just around the corner. It’s so close I can feel it! But for me, that feeling of springtime can often lead to the most difficult phase of bipolar — the dreaded mixed state. Don’t get me wrong or view me as ungrateful… theoretically, I love the blooming flowers, buds on the trees, longer days and abundance of fresh air. However, the change in time and fluctuating weather can often wreak havoc on my system. Chris Aiken, MD […]
Caring for someone with any condition is difficult. Caring for someone with a psychiatric condition is especially hard for many reasons.
I take medications for my bipolar disorder. These medications keep me emotionally and mentally regulated and grounded in my life. Every day, with breakfast, I take my pills for the day. I get up quite early for work, and I give myself just enough time to get ready and get out the door for the 45-minute drive. I grab my yogurt and fruit, throw my daily pillbox in my purse, and I am off to work. Once I get to work […]
I begin my week the same way. I am optimistic and positive. Monday has not reared its ugly head and I have no obligations. Cue Monday and my alarm clock. It’s still dark. I know my son will be awake soon and I have to make him breakfast, help him dress and drive him to preschool. I start off with a full emotional “fuel tank.” Carrying out this routine five consecutive mornings with no break easily uses one fourth of […]
Myth: People with bipolar disorder can’t get better or lead a normal life. Fact: Many people with bipolar disorder have successful careers, happy family lives, and satisfying relationships. Living with bipolar disorder is challenging, but with treatment, healthy coping skills, and a solid support system, you can live fully while managing your symptoms. Myth: People with bipolar disorder swing back and forth between mania and depression. Fact: Some people alternate between extreme episodes of mania and depression, but most are depressed more […]
Hints for carers living with Bipolar disorder: People with the Bipolar disorder are reluctant to admit there is a problem and are resistant to seeking help. As a caregiver you must understand the symptoms and the ramifications of the disorder. If it goes untreated you must HELP them find treatment for their illness. You must be prepared to deal with the extreme mood swings that your loved one demonstrates, and be understanding throughout the behavioral changes, and always expect the unexpected […]
Childhood Onset There have been many questions surrounding the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children because of the difference in symptoms they exhibit compared to that seen in adults with the disorder. This is mainly due to the differences in the manic state of bipolar children in contrast to adults. While adults have a manic state characterized by extremes in emotion and happiness, children show outbursts of aggression and irritability. This difference separates the symptoms of the disorder in children […]