Too Much Bipolar?
- June 1, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: Home Health Aide Training
Bipolar disorder is actually receiving much attention from the media in addition to is actually more frequently diagnosed today by many mental health specialists than ever before. that will has in fact almost become as commonplace as the flu or common cold. Toddlers who do not sleep well are Bipolar, young children with temper tantrums are Bipolar, husbands who get angry are Bipolar, wives with incredible stress in their lives are Bipolar in addition to the individual who spends too much money is actually also Bipolar. that will pretty much covers 70% of the human race. is actually that will possible that will This kind of number of the population can be chronically mentally ill? Prior to This kind of increase in Bipolar diagnosis over the past 10 or 15 years, the National Institute of Mental Health reported Bipolar to exist in approximately 1% of the population, similar to the statistics held for Schizophrenia. Bipolar Disorder is actually a serious mental illness typically accompanied by lifelong struggles for those who truly suffer through that will in addition to not a diagnosis to be taken lightly.
A diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder can follow you for life in addition to alter your opportunities. As a serious mental disorder, you will not be allowed from the military, certain job opportunities will be closed to you, health insurance may be denied in addition to you will most certainly be placed on medications that will can take a toll on your system over time. Although unfortunate, there is actually still a social stigma associated with mental illness. An incorrect diagnosis, especially for a child, can in addition to will alter a life path, even in how the person views themselves in addition to the expectations they then set for themselves.
So where is actually all the Bipolar coming through? In addition to the normal rise we see in any illness as the general population increases, that will may also be a product of a combination of factors such as a general misunderstanding by the public of the terms in addition to criteria used to diagnose the disorder, too little time spent by professionals delving into the client’s self reported symptoms in addition to background situations to ensure understanding, the trend of public acceptance that will our behaviors are a product of disease rather than choice, in addition to finally, in Pediatric Bipolar, a lack of parenting information in addition to appropriate expectations for children.
The first issue appears to be that will our understanding of the criteria in addition to terminology for diagnosing Bipolar Disorder is actually a bit too simplistic. The symptoms are not as straightforward as they sound. For example, not being able to sleep because you are worried about something is actually not the same as not sleeping or a decreased need for sleep due to Bipolar episode. Drifting in in addition to out of sleep is actually also not the same. Waking up too early in addition to not getting back to sleep, ditto. These can be associated with depression in addition to/or anxiety disorders as well as some other disturbances in addition to should be fully examined for patterns in addition to from the context or your current life circumstances. Dwelling on your daily activities or worrying about the future while trying to get to sleep are also not the same. These occurrences can be part of normal existence in a very busy in addition to demanding world.
The terms “racing thoughts”, “feeling manic”, in addition to “mood swings” have become commonplace. When questioned closely, clients report their “racing thoughts” to be anything through their thoughts jumping through topic to topic in addition to being products of feeling overwhelmed to thoughts of constant worry about a particular topic. These are not examples of the type of racing thoughts characteristic of Bipolar Disorder. “Manic” in addition to “Hyper” are not interchangeable terms meaning that will someone features a lot of extra energy or stress related energy. “Manic “is actually a state where an individual exhibits extra or excessive energy that will is actually often goal directed in addition to an irritable, inflated or expansive mood that will is actually different through the individual’s normal self. They may lose touch with reality in addition to believe they are capable of great feats such as lifting a sofa with their mind or that will they are receiving direct messages through a higher power. Once that will starts to happen you don’t have to look closely to see if something is actually very wrong.
Everyone experiences mood swings to a degree, particularly as events occur that will do not please us. One major difference between a “normal” mood swing in addition to one occurring due to an episode of Bipolar Disorder is actually that will a mood swing related to Bipolar is actually not always in relation to an external event, that will can happen randomly as brain chemicals shift (sometimes excessive stress can trigger a Bipolar episode). We have probably all experienced the “mood swing” that will comes when we receive bad news from the form of a bill from the mail, a friend says something hurtful, our job becomes more stressful, etc… We then go through being OK one minute to angry, elated or sad the next due to the occurrence in addition to our emotional response to that will. Individuals with difficulty regulating their emotions may exhibit considerable swings although that will is actually not necessarily Bipolar Disorder.
As humans, we like that will when things are relatively easy. When our behavior is actually out of control such as with chronic spending or substance abuse, that will is actually often easier to believe that will is actually a product of mental illness beyond our control in addition to to medicate that will or allow others to care for us. This kind of pretty much takes that will out of our hands. This kind of is actually not to say we are all lazy, although sometimes we are overwhelmed with emotions that will lead us to these behaviors in addition to controlling them feels impossible. We hang on to the little bits of pleasure we derive through our newly purchased item or getting inebriated, causing us to repeat these patterns until corrected. This kind of does not mean we are Bipolar. These can simply be poor coping strategies that will we have developed or learned. Maybe we grew up in dysfunctional families in addition to saw that will This kind of is actually the way they coped so we do the same. There are a multitude of reasons why we do these things in addition to exploring our actual motives helps our doctors make the correct diagnosis. Understanding why we engage in these behaviors also empowers us to “fix” ourselves.
One very common misdiagnosis that will I see is actually confusing Bipolar Disorder with Borderline Personality Disorder. Those suffering through Borderline Personality Disorder actually exhibit more rapid mood shifts in addition to can do so all day long, one minute angry, the next happy in addition to smiling, back to throwing something across the room if they are crossed or something upsets them. These individuals typically engage in multiple poor coping strategies such as over spending, driving recklessly, substance abuse in addition to many shallow relationships. Typically This kind of is actually seen more often in women than men in addition to that will cannot be diagnosed with children or those under the age of 18. Usually the symptoms will begin to appear in adolescence. Taking the time to fully understand the client’s history in addition to level of disturbance is actually the key to correct treatment.
Physical problems, inconsistent or inappropriate parenting, in addition to unreasonable expectations for children often lead to symptoms or perceived symptoms in children that will mimic Bipolar. There is actually still a school of thought with some mental health professionals that will Bipolar cannot in addition to should not be diagnosed until mid to late adolescence at the earliest. There are, however, those who believe that will can be diagnosed very early in life, even in toddlers. Temper tantrums, mood swings, irritability in addition to inability to sleep properly should be studied very carefully in children to ensure they are not a product of parenting patterns or that will they may be normal childhood occurrences. that will is actually often difficult for a parent to accept that will they may be causing their children’s difficulties inadvertently in addition to their children’s responses are developmentally normal, predictable in addition to expected given whatever is actually occurring. The literature on inconsistent parenting alone is actually vast in addition to every parent contemplating seeking psychiatric help for their child should read up prior to doing so. Parenting is actually difficult although there are many resources available for learning in addition to generating life easier as a parent. Great parenting is actually actually easier from the long run.
In conclusion, these types of misunderstandings can be easily clarified to make sure you or your child have received a correct diagnosis. Be sure to fully explain what you mean when you report symptoms to your professional in addition to if they are not listening or do not have time, you may be better off with another professional. Bipolar disorder is actually a serious diagnosis with lasting effects on your life.