Bipolar disorder can be so painful and almost impossible to live with. Not just for the one suffering from bipolar but for any family members who are around them. There are three kinds of bipolar disorders. Bipolar 1, Bipolar 2 and Cyclothymia. Symptoms vary depending on the type of disorder and the individual person.
Recognizing bipolar can be tricky unless the more common symptoms are displayed by the person suffering from it. The various symptoms may seem contradictory and frankly, they are. Depending on whether the person is in a manic phase or depressive phase the general characteristics will be different. These may include but are not limited to:
People who suffer from bipolar disorder are often extremely sensitive to their surroundings. Noise, motion and smells can bring on increased irritation and agitation which may result in a manic episode or violence. The high level of sensitivity to noise often leads many bipolar sufferers to avoid crowds and public places.
During a manic episode you may notice a lack of sleepiness, speaking more quickly, agitation, have more energy, stronger sexual desires, spending too much money, feeling more appetite, want to sleep all the time, cry frequently, lose interest in things that you enjoy and have an inability to concentrate. Symptoms that are associated with normal depression.
SAD also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder can work hand and hand with bipolar. You may notice that you become extremely sad during the winter months and completely euphoric during the summertime. Or vice verse.
Bipolar sufferers are sometimes classified as “rapid cycle” What this means is that their mood switches from one extreme to the other four or more times a year. Of course, some people do cycle more rapidly, having mood changes weekly or even daily.
The most extreme cases may result in psychosis. This is when the individual has a break from reality. Delusions and hallucinations may occur. Bizarre anti-social behavior becomes not only noticeable but makes it impossible and even dangerous for them to function in social settings.
If you suspect bipolar disorder in someone encourage them to go to a professional health clinic. Tests can be done to find out if it is a bipolar disorder or something else. There are medicines and certain types of therapy that have been successful in treating bipolar disorder. Left untreated it could get worse and may potentially be life threatening for the individual.