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Three Million People In The US Are Dealing With This

 

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. 


Thanks for reading!! 


Tiffany  


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