Whether you are living with it or live with someone who has it, you may be well aware of the issues associated with something that affects around 1 percent of people. That’s around 3 million people in the United States!
Even if no one in your family has been living with the condition, chances are that you know someone who has, and they are going through a difficult time because it is often misunderstood by so many.
As a result of being misunderstood, many people refuse to accept the label and fear to attend counseling- simply due to those misconceptions. Many people don't want to accept the idea that they may not only be living with it, but need treatment for it, even though it has been destroying the quality of their lives.
This invisible illness is a mood disorder commonly known as Bipolar Disorder. We all have moods–good ones, bad ones, and grumpy ones. However, living with bipolar disorder creates mood changes that are completely at odds with the current situation.
There are telling signs of bipolar disorder that can be recognized. You might feel miserable during a party or you may find yourself laughing or hyperactive at a funeral. These sorts of moods make life a bit challenging, which is why it’s called a disorder.
Moods are also classified by the way they make you feel. A high mood means you feel happy, hyperactive, ecstatic, and content–or even euphoric. A low mood means you feel sad and miserable–possibly angry.
Some mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder, means you only feel low moods. These are referred to as "uni-polar disorders", as there is only one mood. As you might guess, bipolar disorders involve two moods–the high and the low.
These uncontrollable moods are very scary for not only those experiencing them, but also to the person living with the condition, as the mood changes can happen at a whim and are not controllable by the person who has the condition. However, they ARE treatable.
Just because someone is LIVING WITH the condition, does NOT make them any less valuable.
Knowledge IS power and the more we know, the more we can help anyone living with Bipolar.
Smile at a stranger. You never know what kind of day they are having.
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