Again, we’re not constantly at one of two extremes – there are also periods of feeling ‘normal’, which allow us to process things more sensibly, and think clearly.
The word ‘manic’ is incredibly daunting, and possibly not the best word to describe the actual symptoms.
The disorder is fundamentally characterized by dramatic mood swings and can lead to struggles in personal relationships.
The National Institute of Health estimates that nearly 2.6 million Americans are currently effected by the disorder.
Mania doesn’t mean we’re going crazy, that we’re going to do something absolutely absurd or that we’re going to get violent or be incredibly nasty to you.
Mania often means we’re thinking about things at a fast pace, having ‘great ideas’ every other second and thinking we can rule the world. For example, doing things like getting tattoos or piercings that we may not have thought about beforehand or spending a lot of money.
It may skulk away in its own good time; but while it's present, you have no choice but to honor it.
Telling a depressed person they're not depressed, or that they have no right to be, is simply illogical and rude.1) Don't try to argue a depressed person into cheerfulness.Depression is a powerful beast that demands its rightful due.“You're like, bipolar,” my ex-boyfriend once told me. My moods were extreme, and at the good old age of 20, he wasn't much help in the situation due to his lack of understanding.I would tell him to shut up and say he was rude for saying that. And although a lot of things began to make sense, it killed a part of my self-esteem. In the grand scheme of things, my ex and I both took part in the failure of our relationship.There are common misconceptions surrounding what to expect when you have a friend or partner with bipolar disorder.