Living with Bipolar disorder can affect a person’s physical and mental state. Those experiencing bipolar disorder are likely to increase their isolation from others due to the constant feeling of alienation. Unfortunately, bipolar disorder is usually diagnosed until it causes a major riff in someone’s life and already at that point their friends and family have usually been affected by it without knowing the individual is suffering from a mental disorder. Once diagnosed some feel relieved and hopeful while others feel devastated and even further isolated.
Bipolar disorder causes a change in the chemical messages between the nerve cells and the brain. This causes change in mood creating a manic or depressive situation. People suffering from Bipolar disorder tend to feel hopeless, decreased amount of low self-esteem and energy, concentration and focus and ability to make decisions takes over, eventually suicidal thoughts tend to overtake a person’s mind.
Medicating bipolar disorder is different for everyone. Everyone’s brain responds differently to certain medications. Lithium is one of the most frequently prescribed medications for bipolar disorder, working as a ‘mood stabilizer’. Side effects of this medications can include confusion, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, vision impairment, tremoring, and excessive thirst. It is also common for doctors to prescribe anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medication to combat the common mental health related issues that go along with bipolar disorder. If your medication has been prescribed to you and you see it has been working, don’t skip taking medication on days where you ‘feel fine’ because this will cause a relapse in mood swings.
Psychotherapy is fundamental for dealing with most mental health disorders. By working with a therapist, you learn how to cope with your feelings and regulate your moods. Many work with a therapist to be more aware of triggers, such as stress, social anxiety, and sleep deprivation, that can cause feelings of panic.
Individuals can work on their own to improve their mental health status. Many people who suffer from mental health disorders speak openly about their issues, this allows them to seek support from family and friends, or support groups. Making goals for yourself including lifestyle, sleep schedule, and healthy eating, will put you on the track to recovery. Last of all make sure to find the treatment right for you. There is nothing wrong with realizing that what you have been trying is not working and you need to go in a different direction. Doctors aren’t in your head and cannot know if a certain medication is working or not unless you communicate it with them.
Eric Silver has been helping a close family member learn to cope with depression for nearly twenty years. Over the years, he’s developed a passion for mental health awareness. Mr. Silver has researched and written extensively within the mental health area, specifically in regard to bi-polar, depression, stress, and anxiety issues.