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Somewhere along the way you probably learned about manic-depressive illness: episodes of mania, and episodes of severe depression. Not that you have these, as such; the lack of them is the main point here.
Hang on. As our understanding of bipolar disorder has grown, the naming system has changed as well. This website describes a different way of looking at depression, a mood spectrum approach. This approach has been endorsed by among many others :. Depression for sure. Depression far more than anything else. Another variation less severe than Bipolar 2 is the combination of hypomanic phases with separate phases of mild depression.
Bipolar disorder and sleep
Getting confused? I certainly was, until I began to think of these variations as points on a continuous spectrum. I hope the following discussion will impress you as simpler. There are many forms of depression, of course. But in between these extremes is a large area which some mood experts think might be the most common form of bipolar disorder: the green zone below. Point A on the continuum describes people who have a complex depression but who still respond well to antidepressant medication or psychotherapy.
That diagnosis means you have something that looks like bipolar disorder but does not meet the criteria for Bipolar 2 diagnosis, or BP I. This is controversial territory. Ironically, your diagnosis could be determined more by the professional whom you see than the symptoms you have. Read that again. This happens all the time.
But a lot of energy becomes focused here. The solution is to learn more. Read on. Some mood disorder experts consider depression that occurs repeatedly to have a high likelihood of having a manic phase at some point Fawcett , especially if the first depression occurred before age twenty. Depression with profound anxiety Many people live with anxiety so severe, their depression is not the main problem. They seem to handle the periods of low energy, as miserable as they are. Often they sleep for 10, 12, even 14 hours a day during those times.
Many say they feel as though they just have too much energy pent up inside their bodies. They pace. They will get some negative idea in their head and go around and around with it until it completely dominates their experience of the world. Thoughts about suicide are extremely common and the risk may be high.
Depressive episodes with irritable episodes Many people with depression go through phases in which even they can recognize that their anger is completely out of proportion to the circumstance that started it.
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Those close to them are very well aware of the problem, of course. As their mood problems become more severe, they find themselves having this kind of irritability during more and more of their cycle. Others can have this kind of cyclic irritability without any relationship to hormonal cycles. Many men with bipolar variations say they have problems with anger or rage.
Understanding the Spectrum of Bipolar Disorder | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
For others, no antidepressant ever seems to work. And others find that some antidepressants seem to make them feel terrible: not just mild side effects, but severe reactions, especially severe agitation. In , I was hospitalised for a severe manic episode and was very unwell. It took me the best part of a year and a half to recover from the affect. However, since recovery I have worked for mental health charities, started a blog Be Ur Own Light www.
Living with bipolar disorder means you have to be resilient.
You can live. Yes, you may have other mental health challenges I suffer from anxiety but you can still achieve what you want, however big or small. Live your dreams.
Dreams from a Bipolar Mind
When you are first diagnosed with bipolar disorder or suspect you may have it due to your moods and symptoms, you can feel incredibly out of control and overwhelmed. The most important thing to do is to take it day by day and get the right support. You don't have to live a miserable, reduced life, rather with the right help and combination of medication, therapy and support networks - including a good medical team- you can thrive. Things may feel bleak and scary. However, you can move forward into the light. Be kind to yourself.
Your illness is not your fault and you can recover again.
Bipolar disorder and sleep
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