Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder (and originally called manic-depressive illness), is a mental disorder characterized by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression The elevated mood is significant and is known asmania or hypomania depending on the severity or whether there is psychosis. During mania an individual feels or acts abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable. They often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced. During periods of depression there may be crying, poor eye contact with others, and a negative outlook on life. The risk of suicide among those with the disorder is high at greater than 6% over 20 years, while self harm occurs in 30–40%.Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorder and drug misuse are commonly associated.
- What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness?
- It is a mental disorder Characterized by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression.
- How many people are affected by your mental illness?
- There are many with the disease.
- How can someone tell if they have your mental illness?
- It shows in emotion one minute there happy the next there sad
- What treatments exist to treat your mental illness?
- successful treatment of bipolar disorder depends on a combination of factors. Medication alone is not enough. In order to get the most out of treatment, it's important to educate yourself about the illness, communicate with your doctors and therapists, have a strong support system, make healthy lifestyle choices, and stick to your treatment plan.
- How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness?
- Ask a doctor and use medicine
- What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness?
- Talk to your doctor.