What is bipolar stress disorder? The term bipolar disorder does not refer to any single disorder, but a whole category of various mood disorders. What characterizes a bipolar personality? The most common symptoms are abnormally elevated moods also referred to as mania. People who experience
these highs usually also experience depressive episodes. It’s not necessarily true that there in no in-between; some bipolar individuals do have states of “normalcy” when it comes to their temperament. However, the manic highs and deep lows fluctuate rapidly. Bipolar disorder has been divided into three categories: bipolar I, bipolar II and a third category of cyclothymia. Bipolar disorder and stress are closely linked, as depressive lows are brought on by feelings of distress. Bipolar disorder should not be ignored, as the disorder may bring on a relatively high risk of suicide or attempted suicide. What causes this condition? While there is evidence that the first symptoms of the disorder appear in childhood, and there have been many cases of bipolar disorder resulting from child abuse, this is by no means a rule. Studies have shown that bipolar disorder can be passed on by genetics as well as traumatic events occurring in the developing child’s environment. Even social attitudes and processes can influence a child to develop this kind of mood disorder.
Treatment for bipolar disorder is often treated with medication, though many doctors offer counseling without the use of drugs. Drugs have proven useful as chemical mood stabilizers and in some cases can enhance the effectiveness of therapy. Some people have successfully lived with bipolar disorder and have benefited from having a medium of self-expression, such as in the arts. In fact, studies have shown that there can be a correlation between transcendent creativity and bipolar disorder. There is no rule when it comes to treating this condition. Therapy may be needed depending on the severity of the symptoms. If a person is feeling suicidal or has frequent depressive states that render them immobile, then professional treatment may be very helpful.
And if you feel that you might be bi-polar don’t feel ashamed to speak with your family care provider.