There are two parts to a bipolar disorder that include so much more than the manic mood swings, and learning to recognize the signs and feelings can help relieve your suffering and that of those around you. While one part of a bipolar disorder is the feelings you experience internally, how you express these emotions in your behavior is just as important when you are trying to get an accurate diagnosis. A skilled health care practitioner will be able to recognize certain behavior problems that commonly indicate the presence of a bipolar disorder, along with being able to identify the ones that can be a sign of another illness. Most importantly you will finally be able to start a treatment plan designed specifically for your problems, along with learning that not all behaviors associated with a bipolar disorder are necessarily bad. With the helpful information included in this article, you will soon be able to tell the difference between the up and downsides of your bipolar behavior.
There has been an ongoing debate and a lot of confusion regarding the similarities and differences between a bipolar and attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and it is important to state that these are different conditions and while it is possible to suffer from both it is almost impossible to diagnosis yourself without help and advice from a licensed health care professional. In this article you will find all of the information you need to help you keep ADHD and a bipolar disorder separate in your mind, even if you are constantly finding that you exhibit symptoms associated with both conditions. You will also find information that helps to explain how and why these disorders are often connected, and why the creativity that often results from the manic behavior is sometimes beneficial and at other times dangerous for your mental and physical health. The more you know about your disorder the easier it will be to find a treatment plan that works for you.
One of the biggest misconceptions concerning a bipolar illness is its tendency to be mistaken for a personality disorder, which leads to miss diagnosis and poor treatment plans. Confusing the manic mood swings with a personality disorder also shows a limited understanding of the illness, along with how society has latched onto the term "bipolar" to describe any number or weird or annoying personality traits. Learning that a borderline personality disorder is marked by a pattern of behaviors and emotional responses that have developed over an extended period of time while a bipolar illness usually begins to appear in adults after puberty, and is characterized by sudden mood swings is one of the first steps towards education and the right treatment plan. In the following article you will find all of the facts concerning the differences between a bipolar and personality disorder clearly explained so you can start experiencing life without the manic highs and lows.
If the thought of trying to keep all of the definitions associated with a bipolar spectrum disorder are almost enough to trigger a manic episode than you are definitely not alone, and it can get even more confusing when you are trying to decide if it is even a clinical diagnosis or simply the current fad at the moment. One of the easiest ways to explain this form of a bipolar disorder or "soft depression" is to visualize your moods and the severity on a graph and see if your emotions fall in at the beginning, middle, or end. If you are like many other fellow suffers of a bipolar disorder you are probably even more confused, and the information included in this article can help explain the bipolar spectrum and what it means for your diagnosis and illness. If you are still confused and feel like you haven't gotten the answers you need speaking to your health care provider can help clear up any misconceptions.
Even the term "psychosis" is frightening to some people, whether they are the ones being diagnosis or simply learning that someone they know might have this misunderstood condition. In this article not only will you learn that not all suffers of a bipolar disorder experience periods defined as a psychotic break, but that it also does not mean that a person is automatically hospitalized when it occurs. Not only will you learn the differences between schizophrenia and the delusions and hallucinations associated with a bipolar disorder, but also how to recognize the warning signs and the best ways to minimize the embarrassing and debilitating effects of a psychotic break. The more you are able to learn and understand how a bipolar psychosis can affect your life and that of those around you, the easier it will be for you to find the right medication and treatment plan to keep you safe.
It should be mentioned that type 1 bipolar disorders are the most extreme and are commonly categorized by manic episodes followed by deep depression, and even erratic behaviors can also be exhibited. In this article you will find a comprehensive explanation for the signs and symptoms associated with a type 1 bipolar disorders, along with explanations detailing the differences in treatments for the separate conditions and how it can affect your life and those around you. If you feel that you might be suffering from a bipolar disorder there are helpful links included in the article that can get you started on a screening that can help you narrower down your condition. As always it is impossible for you to diagnose yourself, and if your do test positive on the screening it is important to speak immediately with your health care adviser for a second opinion to ensure you start the right treatment plan.
One of the reasons that it can be so difficult to find a treatment that works for all of your bipolar symptoms is the simple fact that there are two types of this disorder and manic episodes and periods of depression can vary dramatically between them. The most common form is a type 2 disorder which is also referred to as "soft bipolar", though people that suffer from the less manic symptoms may not agree with this term. In this article you will find all of the information you need to distinguish between the different types of bipolar disorders, and it will also explain the need and importance of taking a test administered by a health care professional. Since the treatments can vary slightly for type 1 and type 2 it is important the you receive the right diagnosis to ensure that the therapy and medications are what you need to prevent and lessen your symptoms.
Some people may find the term "soft bipolar" offensive and inaccurate when it is used to describe their bipolar symptoms even though it is simply used to help differentiate between type 2 and 1 bipolar disorders. Used to describe a type 2 bipolar disorder the term simply refers to the feelings of depression that are not characterized by a manic episode commonly experienced by someone who is suffering from a type one disorder. In this article you will finally be able to start to understand the differences between type one and two bipolar disorders and the included lists will give you some added help in trying to decide which condition affects you. While it should be noted that it is difficult to diagnose the type of bipolar disorder you are suffering from and that it is imperative that you seek a second opinion from a health care professional there is nothing wrong with wanting to understand your illness.