The Highs & Lows of Bipolar Disorders. Nothing new, just a new name for Manic Depressive. Then 5,000 number of years ago that manic-depressive disorder was documented. Now 5.7M adult Americans affected by bipolar disorder (or 2.6% of population) today. 25 average age for beginning of bipolar disorder. 50/50 men and women get bipolar equally, but women are three times more likely to experience rapid cycling with B.D. Bipolar disorder is 6th leading cause of disability in the world. 9.2 number of years subtracted from your lifespan if you have B.D. 8 in 10 number of those with B.D. who think about suicide at least once in their life. 1 in 12 number of those in general who will think about suicide in their life. A Worldwide Condition. Number of people with bipolar disorder in: Australia = 238,957. UK = 723,248. Germany = 989,095. Canada = 390,094. Iran = 810,038. India and China each have 12 to 15 million people who are bipolar. Cause Unknown (Mayo Clinic). Theories: biological differences in their brains. Neurotransmitter imbalance. An inherited trait. Diagnosis Facts: 70% people with bipolar who receive at least 1 misdiagnosis. 25% people who receive correct diagnosis within 3 years. 23% chance that a child will be bipolar if 1 parent is. 66% chance when both parents are bipolar. Signs and Symptoms: Mania: inflated self-esteem or grandiosity, unusual talkativeness, racing thoughts, distractibility, agitation, unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions or foolish business investments, unusual behavior with high potential for painful consequences. Depression: depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, such as feeling sad, empty, hopeless or tearful, can appear as irritability, markedly reduced interest or feeling no pleasure, feeling worthless, decreased ability to concentrate or indecisiveness, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide planning or attempt, significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite, either insomnia or sleeping excessively, fatigue. Fact: 25% of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder commit suicide. Getting help: If you think you may hurt yourself call 911. Call a suicide hotline number – in the US call (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK Use same number, press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. Other options: Reach out to a close friend or loved one. Contact a minister or spiritual leader. Make an appointment with your doctor, mental health provider or other health care provider. Treatment Options: Medication (mood stabilizers, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds), Psychological counseling (psychotherapy), Light and Dark therapy (focus on sleep-wake cycle), Education (managing symptoms) Lifestyle management (avoid alcohol & drugs, minimize stress), Mindfulness meditation, Acupuncture, Electroconvulsive therapy (in the most severe cases), Support (from trained groups, plus family and friends). Famous Celebs with Bipolar Disorder: Demi Lovato – actress, pop singer. Carrie Fisher – actress, Princess Leia, Jean-Claude Van Damme – rugged action star, Linda Hamilton – actress, Terminator 2, Sinead O-Connor – Irish rock star, Vincent Van Gogh – according to Doctor Who, the best artist in the history of the Universe. Brought to you by Sources:,,,
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