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A Few Considerations About Bipolar Disorder

Updated on May 30, 2013

Bipolar disorder

Manic-depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, is considered one of the most serious forms of depression.

It is characterized by sudden and extreme changes in mood.
Manic-depressive (bipolar disorder) is called so because the term "mania" refers to a “up” state of mind while depression refers to a “down” state of mind.
Bipolarity designates both ends of the spectrum of emotions.

Many people suffer from irregular changes in their moods.
These changes may have a normal cause: stress, premenstrual syndrome, etc..

However, doctors have diagnosed mood swings as a common symptom of depression, when these mood swings are extreme.
For example, if someone gets upset because a store does not have his favorite candy, maybe it’s a sign of a spoiled childhood; but when that person begins to scream at the clerk, it is a sign of manic-depressive disorder.

In bipolar disorder, periods of "mania" or "up" is described as a period when the person suffers euphoric experience with joy and energy growth, along with increased aggression, both in thinking and action. “Up” periods can keep from 1-2 days to 7-10 days.

”Down” period is characterized by a wide range of states of depression - lack of purpose, feelings of worthlessness, feeling that he is not loved by anyone, anxiety, irrational guilt,
exaggerated sadness.

According to doctors, a person may be diagnosed with manic-depressive disorder if he experience depression for more than 7 days.

Although it is considered one of the most severe type of depressive disorder, bipolar disorder can be treated successfully.
There are medications your doctor may prescribe them to overcome bipolar disorder. If you're a person suffering from this disorder do not hesitate to introduce yourself to the doctor and take the treatment prescribed. This can save your life, because one component of the manic-depressive disorder is suicidal tendencies.

It is also necessary to present regular doctor, who can help you "download" negative emotions, such that you become a healthier person.

Although there are various treatments (some traditional medicines, herbal others) is still preferable to go to a psychiatrist for behavioral therapy; behavioral therapy is considered to have the best results.


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      Peter S K Lynch 7 years ago

      Please check out my semi-autobiographical account of a young man's struggles with bipolar disorder and his descent into madness. The story is located here: