7 Facts About Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder has become a prevalent and common disease but is still not talked about. Here are 7 Facts About Bipolar Disorder that you didn’t know about.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is all about mood swings. When a certain mood continues for a long time and induces anxiety, it becomes consistent. In Bipolar disorder, patients go through hysterical and depressive attacks or just manic episodes. Manic depression is another term for bipolar disorder.
What causes Bipolar Disorder?
The root cause of this disorder is not known, but in all likelihood, it is triggered because of specific factors such as a traumatic incident, shock, genes, a chemical imbalance in the brain, or a tweak in the brain. This illness is debilitating and drains out your strength and the capability to work normally.
Melancholic, distressed, depressed, sad, happy, manic, joyful or irritable are various types of moods a Bipolar patient may go through. When one specific mood continues for an extended period and brings distress to a person, it is said to be pathological. Research states that the neurocognitive function in patients points to a deficiency in deficits in the sections of concentration, function, and mental processes.
Signals and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
- Mood Swings
- Exhilarated mood
- Distracted and fatigue
- Acute feelings of despair and melancholy
- Binge Eating or Starving
- Distracted, nervous and lethargic
7 Facts About Bipolar Disorder
1. Biological differences
People with bipolar disorder appear to have physical changes in their brains. The significance of these changes is still uncertain but may eventually help pinpoint causes. Majorly neurotransmitters of serotonin and dopamine are involved in Bipolar disorder.
2. Heady Mix of Despair & Exhilaration
There are occasions when a patient suffering from Bipolar can be in a state of depression and exhilaration, simultaneously. This can have a strong effect on the psyche and aggravate the disorder.
3. Pregnancy & Bipolar Disorder
During pregnancy, a woman can go through repeated attacks of mania and depression. The hormonal changes during pregnancy aggravate the symptoms and episodes of bipolar disorder.
4. Genetic Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is more evident in patients whose parents or siblings are afflicted with this condition. Investigations are on to find the genes that may be the trigger of bipolar disorder.
Emotional, mental or traumatic events of death in the family, or addiction to alcohol, illogical behaviour or inactive in social or professional spaces.
5. Do children suffer from Bipolar Disorder?
It is a misconception that symptoms of Bipolar Disorder show up only in the twenties. Even children may suffer from seizures which strike due to sudden abnormal activity of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is usually quite difficult to identify bipolar in kids.
6. What are the 2 Types of Bipolar disorder-
The 2 different types are Dysthymia and Cyclopaedic Disorder. There can be a disparity in the symptoms of each type of disorder.
7. Difficult to diagnose
Bipolar disorder is misconstrued as depression. A diagnosis can be made only after perusing through substantial medical history and closely monitoring. The mood swings and the recurrence of the episodes need to be examined.
There is an urgent need for open dialogue and symposia that throws light on this debilitating disorder.
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