Bipolar Disorder and How to Cope With It

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Makayla Parker, Health Editor

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Bipolar Disorder, a.k.a Manic Depression, is a brain disorder that causes shifts in mood, makes you feel unmotivated, and causes you to have a low self-esteem.

One minute you’re happy and the next minute you’re not. That’s just how being bipolar works.

There will be times where you can feel happy and do anything in the world, then a minute later you can just feel useless and unmotivated to do anything, and that even includes self care.

Therapy is highly recommended with disorders such as this. Usually people with a bipolar disorder tend not to talk much when they’re in a depressive state. Therapy helps people by being able to vent and talk about their thoughts.

Ways you’re at risk of developing this disorder is having other mental issues, such as depression, genetics, and family history. You’re more at risk if you have a parent who has this disorder. People who don’t have a family history of Bipolar can still get the disease, it’s just a lower risk.

There are medications for this disease, but therapy is more recommended than medications, due to side effects and the tendency of patients to not follow their prescriptions when they are suddenly “feeling better.” More than likely, the person just needs someone to vent to rather than taking medication and continuing to think bad thoughts.

To help cope with Bipolar Disorder, you can do the things you like, such as,

  • Exercising
  • Walking
  • Spending time with family
  • Playing video games
  • Playing sports
  • Go to a Park
  • And more

Please be aware that people who are dealing with bipolar symptoms are at an increased risk of suicide. If you know someone who is possibly suicidal, there are 2 main things to do. One being, asking the question. You just have to go straight out and ask them, be there for them. Second thing being, telling a trusted adult. If you know somebody who is great with advice with these certain topics then ask them, and you could save a life.

For more information, see the National Institute for Mental Health:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml