Just remember before reading the article below that we all suffer differently. There is no one way of suffering and being treated. My mania may be worse or less than yours. Some people get violent during mania and some of us may have occasional rage that doesn’t amount to the same thing.
Our depressions are different. My depressions put me to bed and then morph into suicidal thoughts the longer I dwell in the depressive state.
We all suffer different accompanying psychiatric disorders. NO ONE IS THE SAME and therefore doctors need to learn to listen to their patients and find out exactly what it is each one has and treat them appropriately. It is not one Bipolar fits all.
Also I disagree that Bipolar 2 doesn’t have mania. Hypomania can morph into mania at any time. Those of us who live with it daily and for a long time can tell you this. Mania is the most severe, but can accompany Bipolar 1 or 2. Doctors ought to listen to their patients more. I know there are time constraints, but even though they come up short on listening skills.
If you have just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you might feel frightened. The future may seem terribly uncertain. What will this mean for your life, your family, and your job?
But getting an accurate diagnosis is actually good news. It means you can finally get the treatment you need. People with bipolar disorder usually go about 10 years before being accurately diagnosed.
Treatment can make a huge difference. With a combination of things — good medical care, medication, talk therapy, lifestyle changes, and the support of friends and family — you can feel better. Bipolar disorder — or manic depression, as it used to be called — may not have a cure. But plenty of people with this condition do well; they have families and jobs and live normal lives.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
There are two major types of bipolar disorder.
- Type I causes periods of mania that often alternate with periods of depression. These periods might last for weeks or months.
- Type II causes periods of depression that alternate with a less severe form of mania called hypomania.
There are also other types of bipolar disorder. Cyclothymia is characterized by frequent but milder changes in your mood. Rapid cycling is a term used to describe cases of bipolar I or II disorder, in which mood episodes occur 4 or more times over a 1-year period. Women are more likely to have this type of illness course than men and it can come and go at any time in the course of bipolar disorder. Rapid cycling is driven largely by depression and carries an increased risk for suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
Whatever type of bipolar disorder you have, there is a still lot of variation from person to person. While some people are beset with frequent mood swings, others go years or even decades before having another. Everyone’s experience is different.
Bipolar disorder can make you feel utterly alone. But that really isn’t the case. More than 2 million adults in the U.S. are coping with bipolar disorder right now.
The important thing is to focus on the future. Living with bipolar disorder can be tough. But don’t let it hijack your life. Instead, take action and regain control of your health. With dedication and the help of your health care providers, you can feel better again.