July 21, 2010
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that has been known to effect individuals at any age. This condition can actually begin when the person is in their teens but it can also start with the person is in their late 20’s and early 30’s. It has been discovered that this condition may actually be caused by heredity, changes in the neurotransmitter levels, or even by different psychosocial factors. It is also believed that this condition can effect someone for approximately 4% of their lifetime. This is a long time for someone to deal with severe emotional mood swings that may be experienced during bipolar disorder.
There are a few different categories that can be used in order to explain bipolar disorder. Each of the categories will be utilized depending on the different symptoms that are experienced and demonstrated by the individual. Therefore, it is very important to fully understand each category and what symptoms may be exhibited.
A.) Bipolar I – this is when the person has a full manic, or mixed episode that actually disrupts their daily activities. This cycle may also include a depressed episode as well.
B.) Bipolar II – the individual will have a major depressive episode but they will not have a full manic episode. Rather, the person will have a hypomanic episode in which they appear somewhat manic.
C.) Bipolar NOS – the person will have mixed symptoms from both of these disorders but they may not have enough in order to be diagnosed with one, or the other.
It is very easy to see that bipolar disorder can be very difficult to distinguish when
it comes to all of the different categories that can be selected from. That is why it is essential to speak with a mental health professional in order to determine what category the person may be in, as well as what treatment options may be available for the individual.
There are a few behaviors to keep in mind when it comes to someone who is dealing with a bipolar disorder. These behaviors related to the individual being manic, and the person being depressed. The following will break that down for the reader in just a little more detail.
The individual may seem to be very high maintenance and high strung when they are manic. It might be very difficult to sleep or the individual may talk excessively. Some individuals will spend a lot of money or stay awake for days at a time. There are a lot of different behaviors that can be exhibited when someone is manic.
An individual may have no appetite and they may suffer from a lack of energy to complete the necessary tasks and responsibilities in their lives. These individuals may also sleep for days at a time, or have a very difficult time taking care of their personal hygiene. Again, there are a lot of different behaviors that can be exhibited but they may change from person to person.