Bipolar disorder is characterised by extreme mood swings. The mood swings can range from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). Episodes of mania and depression can often last for several weeks or more.
If you have bipolar disorder, you may have episodes of depression more regularly than you have episodes of mania. Or you may have mania more often than depression.
Between episodes of depression and mania, you may sometimes have periods of “normal” mood. However, some people with bipolar disorder can repeatedly swing from a high to low phase quickly without having a “normal” period in between. This is known as rapid cycling.
Living with bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is a condition of extremes. A person with bipolar disorder may be unaware of being in the manic phase of the condition. After the episode is over, they may be shocked at their behavior. However, at the time, they may think that other people are being negative or unhelpful.
Some people with bipolar disorder have more frequent and severe episodes than others. The extreme nature of the condition means that staying in a job may be difficult and relationships may become strained. There is also an increased risk of suicide.
During episodes of mania and depression, someone with bipolar disorder may experience strange sensations, such as seeing, hearing or smelling things that are not there (hallucinations). They may also believe things that seem irrational to other people (delusions). These types of symptoms are known as psychosis or a psychotic episodes.
Bipolar can be eased with counselling sessions
Bipolar is not always active it can come and go. Sometimes the person is feeling on top of the world and then they come crashing down and may stay down for months They become so depressed and can be very short tempered and irrational towards their loved ones. In some severe cases they may feel suicidal As their emotions are everywhere, even when taking their medication, this can happen. It can then leave them as quickly as it came and it may be as long as a year before it strikes again.
At these times when the sufferer is experiencing a bad attack of mood swings it can be eased by talking to a counsellor, as the client can release some of the feelings and emotions and understand themselves more. When we have a bad day or are in a panic where we cannot think or we are over-reacting. It can be comforting knowing that there is someone who understands us and who will let us express ourselves in a private understanding environment where we know that the person is not going to judge us.
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