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Old 08-04-2012, 12:26 AM   #1
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Bipolar Disorder

Hey guys, I was diagnosed with depression in 2006, and then type 1 bipolar disorder (with full on manic episodes) in December 2011. I've spent about 5 weeks in hospital over the last few months dealing with my bipolar, and had lots of ups and downs along the way. I've pretty much got things under control now, which feels really good.

I created this thread as place for people to share their experiences with bipolar, whether they have it themselves or know someone who has it. Or just for people to ask questions about it. Feel free to ask me anything, I will be totally open and honest about my experiences.

Since I've gone through a lot of crap with it, to make it worth while I figure the best thing I can do is try and help others, however I'm able to. I think this is one way, so even if I can just help one person I'll feel this has been worthwhile.


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I've written in an journal for the last 5 years or so. I find that I have really bad days, weeks, months certain times of the year, and it repeats every year. Like around october - december I'll be in a really happy mood every day, and february - april I'll be down a lot, and pissed off easily. I looked up S.A.D. but for me it's not like I'm happy in winter and fall and sad in summer and spring, for me it's like specific months, and specific weeks of those months. Is this bipolar?
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I've written in an journal for the last 5 years or so. I find that I have really bad days, weeks, months certain times of the year, and it repeats every year. Like around october - december I'll be in a really happy mood every day, and february - april I'll be down a lot, and pissed off easily. I looked up S.A.D. but for me it's not like I'm happy in winter and fall and sad in summer and spring, for me it's like specific months, and specific weeks of those months. Is this bipolar?
Best bet would be to speak to a doctor rather then some random peope on the internet give you google advice. It's honestly the best thing to do to make yourself feel better and to try to figure out whats going on.
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Is there a way to decipher between people who are bipolar and just moody? Sometimes I really wonder.
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From my understanding it's a very thin line. My cousin (hes in his mid 40's) has it and he stayed with us when I was a kid and my parents always wondered what was up because it was a secret. When we found out the way he acted really made sence but to answer your question it's very hard to tell sometimes thats why if you do feel like somethings up you are not doing yourself any good by brushing it off.

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Let's just say that "my friend" has this girlfriend who can be very nice and sweet at times and very sour and maybe violent at other times. Sometimes I'm not sure if it's because she is moody/easily agitated or PMSing or perhaps a mild bipolar disorder.

Also, (no offence intended to anyone) is it easier to detect bipolar disorder in a man in comparison to a woman?
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being sour could mean that shes a bitch but certain people go from being extremely nice to fucken crazy and being violent could be a sign but it's so hard to tell especially if it's not someone you see all the time.
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Let's just say that "my friend" has this girlfriend who can be very nice and sweet at times and very sour and maybe violent at other times. Sometimes I'm not sure if it's because she is moody/easily agitated or PMSing or perhaps a mild bipolar disorder.

Also, (no offence intended to anyone) is it easier to detect bipolar disorder in a man in comparison to a woman?
Your friend's girlfriend is more like having borderline personality disorder rather than bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a fluctuation between depression and manic episodes whereas borderline personality is a fluctuation between extreme personalities that impairs interpersonal relationships and stuff.

General rule of thumb to consider an individual having a psychological disorder:

1) social life impairments
2) impairments and abnormal behaviours are maintained 6 months or longer
3) the behaviours and actions are abnormal/deviant

There are many differences detecting any disorder between woman and men. One difference is that men tends to hide their feelings/emotions whereas woman like to express their emotions therefore detecting any disorder is easier in women than men. This does not necessary the prevalence of a disorder is dissimilar. Best bet is to see a psychologist because doctors tend to over-simplified psychological disorders.
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