Yet other individuals can feel both depressed and manic at the same time—simultaneously feeling very sad and energized. Holly A.
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Swartz, MD , associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine , says it is relatively rare for people to meet the DSM-IV criteria for a mixed state, which requires a major depressive episode and a manic episode nearly every day for at least one week. He says consumers often confuse mood lability [instability] with rapid-cycling.
Only about 15 to 20 percent of people with bipolar experience rapid-cycling, he adds.
Jennell A. I was running around nonstop, never stopped talking, and felt like I was running a marathon all day. I went golfing! Lack of sleep, work-related stress, and traumatic events can all be triggers. For T. It seems to have to do with breaking out of his work routine and structure. Even on weekends, he tends to be more symptomatic. Borchard, a mother of two, popular blogger Beyond Blue on beliefnet. Muriel H. I felt helpless and stupid. It is when we are in absolute despair that we most need the comfort of loved ones. The irony is this is also the time when we feel the most unlovable, are least able to return love, and tend to strain the devotion and patience of even the most steadfast caregiver.
As soon as she observes such symptoms, T.
I was in the middle of writing an email. He gave a big sigh, stomped up the stairs, and slammed the bedroom door. I went up and calmly asked what his problem was, and he snapped something about not kissing him goodnight … as if I could read his mind. I quickly realized this was an [irrational] conversation, told him so and to get some sleep, and we could have a rational conversation the next day, which we did.
I have ups n downs still.
More downs than ups. I have been diagnosed with bipolar depression for about a year. I have a severe compulsive eating disorder. I saw today a different view of myself in a mirror. I am totally repulsed to my appearance. Which is now put me into one of the depressive state which triggers my eating. I am in a cycle with difficulty busting out of. I just found out i have bi polar and thats why i destroyed my life for the last 20 years. Im learning about my triggers. Abilify and serequil have made a huge difference in my life so far.
Your all in my prayers. There is hope. Oh my goodness, this is me!!
It makes so much sense now! This article has opened my eyes about the different levels of bipolar disorder. Thank you so much for sharing this experience and insight to such a stigmatized condition. Not sure taking seriously or done. He gave me adhd focollin amd equival tremendous strain on family told to be quiet how do I spend my time been almost 4 weeks Not Sure if he is taking me seriously or annoyed I came into his office maybe been told to go to gym. While bipolar depression can make employment incredibly difficult, some simple tips can help you make it through every work day with success.
About a year ago, I got a new job, and I love it!
So if you can help your loved one shoulder the burden, it will alleviate some of their stress. Financial support does not have to include sharing your income. Your loved one may need help accessing their insurance or learning how to balance out a payment plan to cover medical expenses.
To support someone else you must be healthy. Take time for your needs and healthy activities, take breaks and indulge in positive events away from the stress of home and work. Making Fun of or Joke — when you are frustrated or irritated it may be tempting to make fun of a mood or behavior or even lighten the mood with a joke but these things can provoke an adverse reaction if your loved one is currently experiencing depression or mania. Pay attention to when your loved one welcomes humor and when humor makes a situation worse. If your loved one has made it clear that a particular moment is not a good time to talk, respect this boundary and find another time to connect.
Be gentle and ease into difficult conversations.
Give them the space they need to self-soothe and be there when they need you. It can be helpful to set up an advanced directive when your loved one is doing well, so that in times of distress you know what kind of supports they find helpful. Try to be understanding and have compassion rather than being angry and blaming.
While you may think you know what it is best for your loved one, offering choices or asking an open-ended question can set the stage for deeper conversations. Venting About Your Stress — people with bipolar disorder may be more attuned to the stress levels of others and, sensing your stress, their own stress levels may be heightened. Be careful when expressing your stress not to sound accusatory. Make sure you have support people in your life that you can vent with.
They might sense your reluctance and believe you are avoiding or ignoring them. A better solution is to talk openly about your feelings in a non-threatening, gentle way. Take time to reflect on what supports do and do not help you and your loved one. There are so many ways you can provide support, and one great way is to express you love and lend compassion as often as you can. Facebook Twitter. By Dawna Roberts, December 22, As a caregiver, being around someone who lives with bipolar disorder can be confusing, frustrating, and leave you feeling helpless and hopeless, not knowing where to turn.