The Life of Being Bipolar
Introduction: My Life and How I Deal With It
I’ve always wondered, what is it like to be normal? To be like everyone else? To have no abnormalities. One abnormality I have is the condition known as bipolar disorder. Whenever I let the cat out of the bag and tell someone this news, the world is ending. A large percentage of people do not understand or even want to comprehend what bipolar is; they just assume you’re an automatic psycho.
Being a bipolar individual is a difficult life to live. Here’s what it’s like in my eyes: Getting a job is not the easiest thing to do. Most employers will deem you not worthy of being hired if they know you have this or any other mental illness. It’s constant lying about yourself. That’s not the most vexing part about it, however. As a bipolar, it is required that medications be taken, otherwise, you’re an untreated bipolar. According to: shorturl.at/jsDQZ an estimated 51% of people with bipolar disorder are untreated each year. I was an untreated bipolar up until age eleven. Numerous hospitalizations throughout my lifetime; trying to find the perfect combination of medications. To this day, it is still a struggle. How do I deal with these issues, you may ask? As a bipolar, a set routine/schedule is a necessity to be healthy and have a sound mind. Also, taking meds at the proper time every day. Skipping a dose can lead to mania.
What Is Mania?
“Mania” is what bipolar is known for, especially those with Bipolar I (see next paragraph, Bipolar I v. Bipolar II- The Difference Between the Two). A synonym for mania is essentially hyperactivity. What is it like to go through a manic episode? It’s like the whole world is shaking. You can either be so happy, you’re bouncing and jumping around erratically, or you’re so irritable and angry, everything in the house is thrown around like a tornado. Being manic tends to scare or throw others off. Mania can be so severe, that it can require hospitalization. Manic episodes consist of feeling like you’re on top of the world or that you’re invincible, having hyperactivity; being full of energy and can’t sit still, dangerous/risky behavior; foolish or risky actions, such as spending huge amounts of money, impulsive sexual behavior, or reckless driving. Feeling the need to not rest. Racing thoughts and rapid speech. Lastly, irritability or rage; feeling like you’re mad at the world and everyone else, according to shorturl.at/gjnx2 .
Bipolar I v. Bipolar II- The Difference Between the Two
Bipolar I is what my psychiatrist diagnosed me with many years ago. This is the type of disorder that has severe mania, but less depression; yet there’s still a combination of both. Bipolar II consists of hypomanic episodes, which is not as severe as a full manic episode that Bipolar I experiences. Bipolar II has major depression outbreaks the site shorturl.at/rxNTZ states. Bipolar I deals with severe cases of mania & Bipolar II deals with a severe case of depression, but both still share common characteristics.
Is There a Cure?
As much as me and billions of others wish there was, unfortunately, there is no cure for bipolar disorder; it can only be treated. Medications and psychotherapy are the best options, along with support from family and good friends who care. Nobody knows what the true cause of bipolar is, but it is hereditary according to, shorturl.at/knxIR .
It’s Okay to Be “Different”
To all my bipolar people out there, you may feel like a freak, or even ashamed of your disorder; don’t be. It’s actually something to embrace. It’s beautiful to be different. In the past, I got too embarrassed and wanted to hide who I was. Now, I am proud to have bipolar disorder, and hope to help others with a mental illness because I know what it’s like to feel like a “freak.” There are actually many well-known people with bipolar in the industry, such as: Demi Lovato (pop-artist), Mariah Carey (music artist), Maurice Benard (soap-opera actor), in fact, this actor owned who he was and the bipolar disorder, to the point where it was scripted in the show he was acting in, “General Hospital”, Vincent Van Gogh (who was rumored to also have borderline personality disorder), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia from Star Wars), Ernest Hemingway, and many more in this world.
Why Did I Write This Article?
The sole purpose of this article was to express to the world that I’m not ashamed of who I am anymore. Yes, I’m bipolar. No, I’m not going to murder you in your sleep just because there’s stereotypes about my disorder. People with bipolar are human beings just like anyone else. I hope my beloved readers can relate or at least now understand that a bipolar person isn’t as crazy or terrifying as you may think. This was my first non-fiction article, so I hope y’all enjoy my read. I also have so much more to learn regarding my disorder, but that’s what life’s about, right? Learning something new everyday is invigorating. Hope you all have a blessed day!
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