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Bipolar. - February 25th 2010, 08:44 PM

Does anybody know anything about Bipolar disorder? If you have it, I'd really like for you to share. Thank you.

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Re: Bipolar. - February 25th 2010, 08:56 PM

I do not have it but myself and others who are in psychology, pharmacology, neuroscience, etc... do know about it. What exactly do you wish to know? If it's whether you or someone else may or may not have it, then go to a doctor as amateur diagnoses are no good since we lack the experience as well as only have a very, very partial and limited knowledge base about the person who is questioning whether they have it.
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Re: Bipolar. - February 25th 2010, 09:02 PM

Like Nick said, if you're looking to receive any kind of diagnosis, a trained specialist is your best bet. We can advise you with common knowledge but that's about it.

Just know that there are strict criteria for a diagnosis, so don't go in expecting it to be exactly what you think it is.
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Re: Bipolar. - February 25th 2010, 09:17 PM

It is not commonly diagnosed in people under the age of 20. So there aren’t necessarily going to be a whole lot of people on the site with an official diagnose. Generally psychologists and psychiatrists wait until a person is in their early twenties to diagnose someone with a lot of the mood disorders.
If you feel like something might not be quite right you can always speak to a medical professional or even get the advice of a school counselor. If you feel a friend might need some extra help you can encourage them to do the same.
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Lightbulb Re: Bipolar. - February 25th 2010, 10:06 PM

Bipolar means for you switching from a mood to another constantly or even depressed and manic at the same time; it can be called "Mood Swings" but these "Mood Swings" can happen often or all the time. Other signs of bipolar can be panic attacks, mania, and depression. Also, this disorder can last for a long period. I didn't take a class on this yet, but I've researched it quite often, mostly because I am bipolar.

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Re: Bipolar. - February 25th 2010, 11:21 PM


I was diagnosed with bipolar in late 2007 when I was 19. It is uncommon for a diagnosis to be made before a person is 18. With many disorders people prefer to wait until even older - think 20 - 25, because your brain does some serious growing during that period before reaching its final stage of maturity.

For me, I managed to get on top of it without medication in the last year. I was taking medication for a couple of years prior to that. Many people diagnosed with bipolar are not able to cope with day to day life without the aid of medication at least some of the time.

It is characterised by mood swings. Typical Bipolar mood swings last 3 days or more - shorter than this can be caused by hormones, environmental factors, and other disorders.
A person who has bipolar is not necessarily up and down all the time. They may have very long "normal" periods where their emotions and emotional responses are exactly like those of a person without a mood disorder. Mood swings may be triggered by something or may be a part of that individual's mood cycle.
An individual with bipolar may swing from depressed to normal to depressed to normal to high. It is not a constant high-low-high or low-high-low cycle.
However with that said some individuals experience intense cycling that is faster than normal and inhibits their ability to function. These individuals often benefit from a period of time hospitalised.

That's the basics of what I know about the disorder.
I have not been hospitalised but in the past I have spent a week in respite care.

If you feel you have any issues or anything like that, please do not try and diagnose yourself using the internet, or even hear-say. See a doctor or some other professional - even a school counselor - in real life.
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