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Living Life To The Fullest When Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

Updated on January 10, 2017

What exactly is bipolar disorder you may ask?

It is a mood disorder, a chemical imbalance in the brain, most often a severe mental illness. You shift from manic episodes to depressive episodes. Often moods occur together which are called a mixed state. It is difficult to pinpoint when a mood cycle will happen.

You are one of the fortunate ones, if the medications prescribed for bipolar disorder work well for your mental illness. It is not uncommon to cycle through a menagerie of medications to find the correct one that works specifically for you, often times two and even three may be prescribed if necessary. Your doctor will determine what you you need to stay balanced and stable, this is something you and your psychiatrist need to decide on together.

Often, as with many medications there are the unfortunate side affects that usually have to be tolerated so you can find out which medication is going to serve you best. A psychiatrist normally prefers you stick with a new medication for at least two-six weeks before calling it quits, and trying something else. Many times it takes several attempts to get the right cocktail of medication to stabilize your moods.

During the depressive side of bipolar, you may become intensely depressed with negative thoughts such as thinking of suicide. You don't want to get out of bed for days on end. You pay absolutely no attention to your hygiene habits. You bolt the door and lay in bed knowing the world has come to an end. That nothing matters because your brain tells you life is not worth living. You are not convinced if you just motivate yourself a little bit you can alleviate your depression. But you are so weighed down in worthlessness, and, you see no hope at all. No amount of talk drags you from that bed of sorrow.


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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      5 years ago from Washington MI

      You are welcome, I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub. And for sharing.

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      liswilliams 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      That is really interesting - I have epilepsy and I also take topomax, limictal plus one other. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you, i hope you are staying healthy and stabilized.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      I hope you find your way to great medicine and a stable lifestyle. It can be done. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      cherriquinn 

      6 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

      Great hub! I too was diagnosed with bi-polar so it was good to read your experiences.

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