***I am not a medical professional!!*** Please consult your Doctor if you have any concerns about your mental health!!
Bipolar disorder is a debilitating mental health disorder. I am going to go through today and give you a rundown of what it is and how it affects my life, since this is my mental health diagnosis.
Here is some information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health!
There are 4 types of bipolar disorder: bipolar type 1, bipolar type 2, Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and related disorders, and cyclothymic disorder (also called cyclothymia). Any one of these mental health issues can leave a person defeated, and/or feeling broken.
Bipolar Type 1: Bipolar type 1 is characterized by having manic episodes lasting at least 7 days, or in some instances where it is so severe that the individual needs hospitalization. Depressive episodes also occur, lasting a minimum of two weeks. Also there have been instances where both (manic and depressive incidents) have occurred at the same time.
Bipolar Type 2: Bipolar type 2 is defined by a pattern of hypomanic (not like the full blown mania described above) and depressive episodes.
Cyclothymic Disorder (also called cyclothymia): Cyclothymia is described as several instances of depressive and hypomanic symptoms, which don’t meet the criteria for a diagnosis described above.
Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders– this is defined as a disorder not meeting any of the criteria described above.
Here is a great infographic from Mental Health America on Bipolar Disorder!
So how does Bipolar affect my life? Well bipolar is my main diagnosis, but the other diagnoses do affect me too. Anxiety is no joke either!! PTSD is also a game-changer, causing flashbacks and stuff.
For me though, bipolar makes some days hard. Hard for me to get out of bed, and yet other days I never make it to bed. I have periods of time where I am so depressed I go days without showering. I have periods of time where I can clean and clean and clean. Other days it is a chore to wash the dishes and/or the laundry. But thanks to my medications, I am usually a functioning person. That’s not to say I don’t have my bad days, trust me they do come. But that also means that I have my good days to counterbalance the bad days. It affects how I think, what I do, and how I do it. I am so self conscious because of my mental illness that it causes me to go and do normal, everyday things very late at night. I go to the gym at midnight, have been known to go to Wal-Mart really late at night too. I feel like either people are staring/talking about me or judging me somehow. I have no desire to go out into crowded places, restaurants and things of that nature because of my severe anxiety.
If you are worried about or needing professional help, please don’t hesitate to contact your doctor!!! They are not there to make you feel worse, they are there to provide assistance and help you!
Finally, here is an infographic on getting help and taking charge of your life from NAMI!!
Have a mental illness? If so, how does it affect your life? Feel free to say as little or as much as you’d like to share!
If you don’t have a mental illnesses, does a friend or family member?
How do you help them?