I would like to take this opportunity to share more about bipolar disorder. This is a lifelong mental health condition with severe symptoms which can affect all areas of your life.
You may have heard of bipolar being about low or highs, happiness and sadness.
These periods are called mania and depression.
Symptoms of mania can be:
- feeling happy or excited without reason
- being full of new ideas
- racing thoughts,
- talking very quickly
- being more irritable than normal
- being easily distracted
- not being able to sleep, or feel that you don’t want to sleep
- thinking you can do much more than you actually can
- make unusual, or big decisions without thinking them through, and
- doing things you normally wouldn’t do which can cause problems. Such as:
- spending a lot of money
- being sexually disinhibited
- using drugs or alcohol
- gambling or
- making unwise decisions.
Symptoms of depression can be:
- low mood
- having less energy and feeling tired
- feeling hopeless or negative
- feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
- being less interested in things
- difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- feeling restless or irritable
- sleeping too much or not being able to sleep
- eating less or over eating
- losing or gaining weight, when you don’t mean to
- thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts.
(More information can be accessed at: https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/about-mental-illness/learn-more-about-conditions/bipolar-disorder/)
Some or all of these symptoms may seem strange and difficult to understand. However, these are things that millions of people with bipolar disorder struggle with in their day-to-day life.
Bipolar disorder can be managed with medication and therapy along with recognising triggers and learning coping strategies.
I hope this information helps you understand the condition better and support anyone you come across with it.
As with anything, the more openly we talk about it, the better. So if you have any questions at all, please do ask.