Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings. You go from feeling overly “high” or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again. Usually with periods of a normal mood in between.
1% of Canadians aged 15 years and over reported symptoms that met the criteria for a bipolar disorder in the previous 12 months.
Famous people like Demi Lovato, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Fisher, Mel Gibson, Marilyn Monroe, and Jean-Claude Van Damme all have bipolar disorder.
What it looks like: feelings of anger and irritability, impulsive/ high-risk behavior, drug & alcohol abuse, and sexual promiscuity. they also have aggressive behavior, increased energy & rapid speech. As well as decreased sleep & appetite, delusions & hallucinations.
What its like being bipolar: "I had times when I felt terrific, better than I ever had. I felt like I could do anything I set my mind to. My productivity at work soars and I work late into the night. Then all of a sudden, I'm drowning in depression. I can't get up in the morning to go to work and I feel like my life isn't worth living. Treatment has greatly helped me to manage my bipolar disorder. Now I have an agreement with my wife--When I start showing sings of either mania or depression, my wife knows to make me an appointment with our family doctor."
Treatment: You'll typically need mood-stabilizing medication (to control the episodes) & psychotherapy.
Where to find help: Your doctor, a therapist, and anyone involved with mental health. Helpful resources: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.healthlinkbc.ca, BC Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
According to today's thinking, if you have bipolar disorder, you were likely born with this disorder. Bipolar disorder is frequently inherited, with genetic factors accounting for about 80% of the cause of the condition. If one parent has bipolar disorder, there is a 10% chance that his or her child will develop the illness.