Bipolar disorder is a disorder with one of the most inaccurate perceptions by the general community. Many people think that being bipolar means that a person is “moody.” I mean, you’re not wrong, but you are also not right. Bipolar disorder is a very debilitating disorder especially for those young adults trying to get through college.
Bipolar disorder has two different phases. These phases include manic episodes followed by a depressive episode. Now these episodes are not just quick little 20 minute episodes that are done and over with, they go over the course of a long period of time, even months. A manic episode is identified as a period of time where the person is in “fast forward” mode. A person in in a manic episode can look like someone who just drank 5 red bulls in a row, except they do not crash. They do not need sleep and are always on the move, and their minds are taken over by grandiose ideas of themselves and what they are capable of. I know, being manic does not sound half bad does it? But in the contrary a manic episode can drive a person insane. The following is a quote from David Lovelace, a writer about manic depression:
“Depression is a painfully slow, crashing death. Mania is the other extreme, a wild roller coaster run off its tracks, an eight ball of coke cut with speed. It’s fun and it’s frightening as hell”
The other side of bipolar disorder is the depressive episode, which is on the other side of the manic extreme. A depressive episode following a manic episode can be absolutely debilitating for the person struggling with this disorder. To go from this sort of high to this sort of extreme low is unhealthy and can lead to horrific results. For a student dealing with these sort of emotional struggles plus the stress that comes along with college, college is not by any means easy for them. So the next time you think someone is “moody” and you want to call the bipolar I hope that you think again and realize what it really means to be bipolar. The video below is a great representation of bipolar disorder in young adults and is an amazing watch.
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