A Day in the Life: Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder, sometimes referred to as a manic-depressive disorder, is best described as an illness that results in drastic and unpredictable mood swings, energy levels and one’s ability to complete daily tasks. Not to be confused with simply being tired or in a bad mood, the symptoms associated with bipolar disorders are drastic, severe and frightening for many. It can easily annihilate relationships, jeopardize careers and in some cases, those with diagnosed bipolar can attempt and succeed in committing suicide. This paper will take a look at how this illness can affect one’s daily life and what that might mean to an outsider looking in.
A Day in the Life: Bipolar…show more content… Hope is renewed and the patient often feels as though he’s lived to tell the tale, so to speak. He will find hope, optimisms and euphoria early on; before long, however, those natural and normal emotions will exhibit as rapid speech, bad judgment calls (including increased sex drive that may or may not include proper protection), inflated “sense of self”, agitation and aggressiveness.
Just as the depression can result in lost time at work, the stages of euphoria can also cause one to miss work. He may or may not realize this too is temporary. It’s simply the nature of the disorder, complete with its unpredictable turns. Many will seek therapy, medication and support groups as it’s proven to provide a realistic and positive hope for the future. Many say it also changes their outlook and their ability to cope with it (Hirschfeld, Lewis and Vornik, 2003). It can be an overwhelming discovery. The human mind panics when introduced to fear and it’s that fear of the unknown that is so disturbing.
Because drug and alcohol abuse, along with criminal and violent behavior, is often associated with bipolar disorder, it can quickly get lost in a series of bad choices, legal proceedings and stints in rehab to deal with the various addictions. On the other hand, one research study insists some people with this disorder enjoy “an increased sense of