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Acting a Bit Bipolar Are You?

Apr 3, 2008
Bipolar disorder is all about highs and lows. Sometimes, you feel like you're the king of the world. Other times, you feel like you're the grime on the boots of the king of the world. The way that a bipolar person behaves varies between the disorders various stages.

Bipolar behavior is usually characterized with emotional inconsistency not seen since PMS. In any case, two particular stages of bipolar disorder happen the longest, and they're called mania and depression. Hypomania (either a burst of pure excitement and elation or, more rarer, a blunted feeling of apathy), also occurs, but is usually short-lived. During this time, the bipolar person is in his best behavior.

Now, onto the main stages of this disorder. The behavior of a bipolar person during the stage of mania is just as the name suggests. The person is manic. The person is jittery and seems to feel no fatigue. A bipolar person in this state keeps constantly active, burning up the hours with countless activities, and taking no time to rest.

After this string of manic activity, the person burns out. Afterwards, the state of depression rears its ugly head. Signs and symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder include loneliness, self-loathing, apathy or indifference and depersonalization.

In the depressed state, the reclusive individual expresses loss of interest in sexual activity, shyness or social anxiety, irritability, anger, isolation and/or hopelessness, disturbances in sleep and appetite, fatigue and loss of interest in usually enjoyed activities; a gray rainbow of depressive emotions.

Once this down state ends, the person goes back to either the hypomanic state or the more dangerous manic state. This self-destructive cycle usually repeats itself until the person couldn't take it anymore, often leading to suicide. This type of disorder should be acknowledged and treated as soon as possible, because without treatment there's only one other way for a bipolar person to escape his see-saw of emotions.
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