Unfortunately, education on mental illness is greatly lacking in today’s society. As a result, the issue doesn’t receive enough support. Scenes of people acting out or breaking the law due to mental illness often perpetuate stigmas. People who don’t know someone personally with a mental illness may find it hard to empathize with someone who has a mental illness because they simply don’t understand or can’t relate. Bipolar disorder is one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. By learning about what many people with bipolar disorder experience, we can help others understand what it really means to have this disorder and how it can affect daily life.
Two Main Aspects of Bipolar Disorder: Mania and Depression
Manic episodes often involve feelings of heightened positivity and high energy, as well as increased talking. People who have experienced mania often report feeling very energetic, awake, and optimistic. During a manic episode, individuals may have racing thoughts and difficulty sleeping, which perpetuates the mania. Often, productivity decreases due to the inability to focus. Additionally, impulsivity tends to increase, resulting in poor decision making and risk-taking. Some people view mania as very frightening due their inability to control themselves. Occasionally, psychosis and hallucinations can take place.
The depressive side of bipolar disorder can cause a person to feel the completely opposite of manic. Typically, feelings of sadness, extreme fatigue, difficulty making decisions, lack of interest in activities, and trouble sleeping are experienced. Often, individuals struggling with a depressive episode report exhaustion and inability to get out of bed and complete daily tasks. Proper support is crucial for those suffering from bipolar disorder, as depression can be extremely difficult to break free of alone. Additionally, proactive measures can be taken to decrease the frequency, intensity, and duration of depressive episodes.
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