Welcome to earth…. the globe of confusion, dispair, and monotony.
Most people do not suffer from bipolar conditions, however there are those select that have disorders of this nature that live among us. There tends to be a misunderstanding though when it comes to bipolar people. They are NOT crazy. They are known for many things which include attitude and incomprehensible ways of dealing with real life issues. Most avoid situations and tend to try to put blame on others instead of owning up to their own mistakes.
According to study by the National Institude of Mental Health:
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.
Bipolar disorder often develops in a person’s late teens or early adult years. At least half of all cases start before age 25.1 Some people have their first symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.
Bipolar disorder is not easy to spot when it starts. The symptoms may seem like separate problems, not recognized as parts of a larger problem. Some people suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person’s life.
So I have been put in question as well on whether or not I know about bipolar disorder and how to cope with it. Let me explain something very clear to you… bipolar disorder affects people in different ways. To tell me that I need to “study up on bipolar disorder” and know what I am up against… I lived that life where I have seen it. So do to patronize me or tell me that I need to study up.
There are alot of medical problems out there that people become the so-called “expert” about the subject. However, different strokes for different folks. So here is my take on the whole bipolar disorder as I have lived with someone that has had this.
A bipolar person will definitely have mood swings. They will be nice to you when it comes to something that is interesting for them to get what they want. Yet if you ask them to step outside of their box and do something for you, you will get a downfall attitude that will result in an arguement if you are not careful. The bipolar person becomes angry at the world, tends to lie consistently, manipulates things to their advantage, and destroys friendships with those who are close to them. Excuses will migrate on the reason why they can’t conform to today’s society. Stealing becomes a habit. Sometimes falling into a slump to the point where they use alternative methods to cope with their disorder becomes secondhand nature to them. Instead of facing their issues head on, they avoid situations and avoid confrontation about how they can improve their own life with the disorder that they have. Sometimes they join up with others with the same problem in hopes that they will have someone else completely understand. They will play the pity game and spread maliciousness just so that other people will adhere to his/her problem. They tend to portray to others that they are ok and can make it through life, but they hurt the very ones who are closest to them. They tend to use people for what they can get out of them. When they don’t get what they want, they tend to pitch a fit and say that their relationship with their loved ones are distant and decide to not repair relationships. Sometimes, they even resort to illegal drugs as a way out. The most dangerous part about all of it happens when they feel that they have lost everything in the world and that nobody loves them… and then they have suicidal tendences.
I am saying this right now… if you have a loved one that suffers from bipolar disorder, get them help immediately. If the person is 18 or older, state laws become effective and it becomes unmanageable until the person who has bipolar disorder recognizes their problem and asks for help. One thing about it… until the bipolar person gets mental health help… the ones who are closest to him/her will always be wrong so expect that. Until the person is on medication and stays on it, the person will be out of control.
This world is a cruel world, yet can be manageable if you choose to let God take control of your life. I truly believe that even bipolar disorder can be treated IF the person who has it seeks appropriate help. The question arises sometimes though on who is the victim… the person with bipolar disorder or the family? Realize that the mindset of the bipolar victim is always in different directions. You will not be able to know what is going on in the mind of the bipolar person. A person that is bipolar will never be able to understand what another bipolar person’s mind is like. It affects people differently. Understand that a bipolar person will engage people in different manners. Taking advantage of situations to better themselves is just one thing that happens.
Now I am not a medical doctor nor claim to be an expert on bipolar disorder. I am merely stating symptoms that you will find when dealing with a bipolar person. This is not to slam anyone… but it is a serious condition that effects families in different ways. If you are a person that wants to help a bipolar person, do not step forward and make the family of the bipolar person feel stupid. For you have not lived with the person and do not understand fully of what has gone on through the years. Just remember this… you will be manipulated. You will be lied to. You will be stolen from. And when you are used to the capacity, the bipolar person will retaliate on you as well. Take heed….
Until next time…