Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder characterized by extreme and severe shifts in mood ranging from periods of depression to those of ecstasy or mania that may last for days, weeks, or months. Generally speaking, bipolar disorder affects everyone differently. Some may become maniac being in ecstasy; some become suicidal owing to the extreme depression. People return to the usual function between episodes. Some have frequent episodes of mood disruptions, while others experience only a few over a lifetime.
During a manic episode, you might go on a trip to your favorite destination, do a lot of shopping, or feel energetic throughout the day. During a depressive episode, you might feel too sluggish to even come out of your bed, might lament yourself over your impulsive decisions, or feel hopeless about a pressing issue.
Bipolar disorder results from one or a combination of genetic imbalances in neurotransmitters or hormones that affect the brain, and some abuse or mental stress.
Bipolar disorder also affects your memory, cognition, energy level, appetite, sleep patterns, and self-esteem. It can also cause health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, migraines, and high blood pressure.
Battling with shifts in moods is not an easy thing to tackle. It’s a suffering-a mental torment and a trauma, making you fluctuate like a pendulum or a roller coaster between the highs and lows of your mood. Yet there is nothing you cannot overcome. With proper treatment, resilience, and supportive family and friends, you can live a full and productive life. It’s not how hard you hit the nail; it’s about the angle you hit it from. So, as long as your angle is precise, you have a solution for every problem. Many found it on their own, and so can you!