Bipolar Mood Disorder
Bipolar Affective Mood Disorder, or commonly known as Bipolar Mood Disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed, yet most difficult to treat as well as cure. In fact it can be safely said there is no permanent or long-lasting cure to this mental disorder, or more accurately put, chemical imbalance in the brain, mainly due to imbalance in levels of the chemical Ceratonin.
Bipolarity is characterized as having two phases of extreme mood swings. In fact, the word in itself gives the meaning to the disorder. ‘Bi’ meaning two and ‘polar’ suggesting extremities. Bipolar patients suffer from either severe depression, or a severe state of excitement, grandiosity, in general an extreme level of excitement or euphoria.
Depression, also known as Uni-polar Disorder is very common, caused by either trauma, abuse or a history of neglect. It can also come as a package with pregnant women who suffer either from depression and mood swings throughout pregnancy, or can suffer Postpartum depression. Unfortunately, bipolar victims need not have any of these incidents to occur for them to have a phase of depression.
During this phase, they develop very low self-esteem, withdraw from society in general, including family, have suicidal ideations, and may even attempt suicide as was reported in several findings. Sadly, some succeed in their attempts to end their lives.
The next more troubling phase is the Manic Phase, merely meaning exactly what it suggests- Mania or madness. What is more disturbing about this phase is, instead of the phase where they suffer depression and withdraw into themselves, shying away from society, they just turn into the exact opposite character, almost like a Jekyll and Hyde transformation. They often become violent and abusive to people, especially family, and in some cases, the Public. They transform from reticent to vicious and start thinking of themselves as people having special powers or having genius.
Mania turns these victims into a menace to society and they often need rehabilitation in Psychiatric Hospitals. Bipolarity is most commonly seen with people having above average IQ, and in some cases, Brilliant people who have written great works of poetry and prose unluckily suffered from it. One such example is Sylvia Plath, a renowned Poet, who, diagnosed with this Disorder to the effect she committed suicide at a young age. What a sad end to a brilliant woman!
However, though there is no permanent remedy to cure bipolar disorder, it can however be treated with psychiatric drugs prescribed by registered practitioners. The right combination of drugs like Lithium, a common mood stabilizer, Sodium Valporate, Quitipin, and a variety of combination drugs well known to Psychiatric Researchers and Doctors, can if taken at regular time and in correct dosage, work to the extent of controlling mood swings to great extent. But Patients who are living in denial fail to recognize the need for medication and often become a threat to others as well as themselves.
Being Bipolar is not because of personal choices, it is mainly a genetic disorder. The greatest way to recovery is acceptance and then proper medication, and yes, That goes a long way!
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