What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder completely puts a person’s life off the tracks. Some suffer from frequent mood swings while some major. Major can be violent as well.
The need for sleep reduces and the person loses touch with reality. Depressive swings or episodes (as called in bipolar disorder) include symptoms like loss of interest in life, low energy, and low motivation.
These mood episodes can last from anywhere between a few days to months at a go and are sometimes associated with suicidal thoughts as well.
There is no full cure for it but with appropriate treatment and support from family and friends, anyone living with this condition can live a full, productive, and happy life.
On average, by the age of 25 years, you will receive the diagnosis, but symptoms can begin surfacing during the teen years or later on as well with males and females being affected equally.
Electroconvulsive Therapy May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts in Bipolar Patients
For most, the condition can be controlled by using prescription drugs, but approximately a third of bipolar patients are resistant to treatment.
These patients fall in the category of untreatable cases and certain research shows ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) can help reduce suicidal thoughts by 84 percent and gives a chance of effective treatment to 72 percent of bipolar patients.
ECT is used in bipolar patients who have severe major depression swings or are not responding to any treatment.
ECT is a medical treatment involving electric stimulation of the brain. During the procedure, the patient is under anesthesia.
The results were far better than expected with a remission rate of 60 percent who had symptoms characteristic of bipolar mixed states such as aggression, hyperactivity, over-reaction, and others.
Most importantly, 77 of the bipolar patients were classified as being high in suicidal attempts.
After treatment, 65 showed no suicidal risk with only two remaining at severe risk, but those two are also under observation to find how to cure them.
So, that’s an 84 percent drop in suicidal thoughts and attempts after ECT treatment.
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Celebrities Who Battled Bipolar Disorder
Anyone living with this condition feels like he is the only one. But, you’ll be amazed to know you’re not alone. Rather, there are others who not only suffered pain but came out of it in flying colors.
A while back everyone thought Honey Singh had disappeared but the reality was he was battling bipolar disorder and he even accepted he became an alcoholic and couldn’t sleep and began overworking.
During an interview given to Pinkvilla Honey Singh spoke about his ‘dark phase’.
He further adds, even though it was a dark phase there’s no need to hide it. That’s what I want to tell all my sisters and brothers out there; don’t hide it, there’s nothing wrong with having bipolar disorder. He also assured his fans he was not well before but is much better now.
He told, how people around him became jealous of how such a young boy achieved so much. Which made him an alcoholic and slowly it turned worse.
He recalls it took him four months to even realize there was anything wrong with him.
Another celebrity who opened up on battling bipolar disorder is Shama Sikander. She was also suffering from depression and says that time was like waking up with a pandemic every time.
She struggled for five years and now is totally fine. Since then she has been vocal about her battle with both the issues. She says, she doesn’t have any word to describe what went through her mind and how painful the time was.
After recovering, she calls it her new birth and feels that maybe she didn’t know how strong she was and how her attitude brought her back to life and gave her a new purpose to live.
She says to always remember — after every dark moment comes a moment with immense light. Recalling the time, she says she felt like she was going to die every day and there is no future.
Today after winning her battle with the disorder she wants to tell everyone who’s living with this condition, you might feel vulnerable today, you might feel helpless and lost, but you will find your light, just hang in there!
People Often Ask
Q – What causes bipolar disorder?
A – Bipolar disorder is not viral or flu. Actually certain factors lineup or act as a trigger for the first mood swing. These include having a first-degree relative (a parent or sibling with bipolar disorder), high-stress periods, death of a loved one, or a traumatic experience. Drug and alcohol abuse are also key factors for triggering bipolar mood swings.
Q – What is a Person with a Bipolar Like?
A – Overall, people with the bipolar condition are normal people who just frequently display intense, extreme, and disturbing emotional states known as mood swings or episodes.
Typical mood episodes can be when they are extremely happy or excited or they can become depressed for no reason at all.
Bipolar disorder patients can have normal mood swings as well and this time they will be like nothing ever happened.
Q – Does Bipolar worsen with age?
A – Age has nothing to do with the condition. It only gets worse if not treated or the person is left without care, treatment, support, and love.
Bipolar disorder may not be curable, but it’s not the end of the world for the sufferer or their family. Bipolar disorder causes mood swings.
Even normal people have mood swings but they are controllable. You are sad when something is not right and happy when something good happens.
But, for a bipolar person, they become sad, angry or happy for no reason. Not 100% but they can keep it in control and live a productive life with the help and support of their loved ones.
I know most reading will say easier said than done. Trust me, I know it’s possible. I was diagnosed with epilepsy at 13 (Google up, it will come non-curable) and battled it for 8 years and stopped medication on Dr’s treatment. Today 11 years later I’m going strong without treatment. During and after treatment no one ever (only family) knew not even close friends. The only thing I did was follow the treatment, understood what the ‘issue’ is. How it can affect my life and most importantly, understand your body. Enhance your senses so you know when something is wrong with your body. Find what relaxes you, for me it is songs, whenever I’m stressed out or feel my body is giving up on me I just play my favorite songs, if can’t play sing in my head and lock every problem out of my head, Viola no fit!