Bipolar Mood Disorder Overview

Overview 

One of the leading mental disorders that has attached itself to millions of lives is bipolar disorder. Also known as manic depression, this disorder causes mood changes. Depression and mania are the two main sensations that one can feel. For example, one can be extremely happy one minute and the next minute they are upset. Bipolar mood disorder is an important illness that has serious effects. Unfortunately, people who suffer from bipolar mood disorder have taken their own life’s.  Mood swings are front and center for those with bipolar mood disorder. There are two main groups of bipolar disorders, which are bipolar I and II. Bipolar II is involves less episodes of depression and hypomania. Bipolar I involve more bouts of depression and mania.  

Symptoms 

People who suffer from bipolar mood disorder usually suffer from the following symptoms:  

  • Loss of memory 
  • Mood swings 
  • Exhaustion or fatigue 
  • Inability to sleep  
  • Suicidal thoughts  
  • Sadness 
  • Poor hygiene  
  • Loss of interest 
  • Indecisiveness 
  • Poor eating habits 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Delusions 
  • Impulsivity 
  • Paranoia 
  • Hostility  

Causes 

Different factors can contribute to the cause of bipolar disorder. Below is a list of possible causes of the development of bipolar disorder.  

  • Drugs: At times, things are out of our control and bipolar just develops. The neurotransmitter system of the brain is linked to mood disorders. Certain drugs such as serotonin and dopamine have been known to increase the risk of developing this disorder.  
  • Genetics: Everyone loves family, but sometimes they give you more than you bargain for. Genetics can cause a person to develop bipolar disorder.  
  • Increase in cortisol: Cortisol is associated with stress and anxiety. Stressful events such as death and other tragic events can increase the level of cortisol. In bipolar disorder patients, the level of cortisol is always elevated.  

Diagnosis 

There is no specific diagnostic test for bipolar disorder. Most doctors pay specific attention to the symptoms, length and frequency of a person with bipolar disorder. Often, doctors will request that people, who might be bipolar, to take notes of their symptoms and how often they occur. Doctors will review a person’s medical history, family history and their behavior to determine if they have bipolar disorder and which type.  

Treatment  

There is no cure for bipolar mood disorder but there are ways to help control the symptoms and prevent suicide. Medication is the biggest contributor in assisting with mood and energy changes. Electroconvulsive therapy, also known as ECT, is a form of shock therapy that can help “instantly” relieve bipolar disorder symptoms. Talking to a therapist or psychologist can help reduce symptoms from occurring or reoccurring. It is important to understand that those with this disorder can function normally but need a little extra help from medication or loved ones. Remission is bound to happen but it is how one picks up the pieces that matters.  

Famous Celebrities Who Have Bipolar Disorder  

People of all ages and walks of life can suffer from bipolar mood disorder. Unfortunately, this disorder can disrupt the daily lives of many people. Those who are unexempt of this disorder are celebrities or famous people. Here is a list of celebrities that you may not know have bipolar disorder.  

  • Carrie Fisher: This amazing actress was well-known for her role as Princess Leia. Unfortunately, for causes not related to her bipolar disorder, Fisher recently passed away.   
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones: Jones is a wonderful actress, mother and wife who suffers from bipolar mood disorder. This challenging disorder has never stopped this actress from moving forward with her life.  
  • Demi Lovato: This famous singer, actress and dancer has always been open about her struggle with anxiety, addiction and bipolar disorder.  
  • Ernest Hemingway: Although Hemingway was famous for his amazing novel, he suffered from obsession and paranoia. Even a Nobel Prize could not stop this famous author from committing suicide in 1961.  

Ask for Help 

It is never early or too late to ask from help with bipolar mood disorder. This disorder can be crippling to those who suffer from it and their loved ones. If you or someone you know has bipolar disorder and needs help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Suicidal tendencies are one of the leading symptoms of bipolar disorder. Call the local emergency helpline or center to prevent suicide from occurring. Who knows how many lives you could save?