I came across a new to me blog today, mymentalstateblog,that was quite informative. You would think as someone who has been suffering with the symptoms I have and watching my sister go through this for many years that I would be an expert by now. Truth is, I’m not. I’m still learning about myself and how to deal with my negative symptoms. What I can say with certainty is, the more I learn…the better I am able to handle certain situations. I may fail many times but eventually, with patience…I usually can get there. Usually. The key word there is patience and sometimes people don’t always have patience with me. I can understand that because sometimes I don’t have patience with myself. The below is an excerpt from mymentalstateblog that lists why treatment for Bipolar Disorder is challenging (for those of you who may not be familiar):
Bipolar depression treatment may be complicated by intense anxiety symptoms:
• Racing, worried thoughts
• Trouble breathing, physical agitation
• Fear of going out in public
• Feeling like something is going to go wrong or cause harm
• Feeling like life is spinning out of control
• Obsessive worries over having done something wrong or needing to repeatedly check on something
Psychosis symptoms are more common during bipolar mania but they may still complicate, or appear with, bipolar depression. Examples include:
• Hearing voices
• Seeing things that aren’t there
• Belief that objects such as radios or billboards are sending special messages
• Intense physical agitation,
• Seeing yourself getting killed
• Feeling that someone is following you or talking about you (paranoia)
Impact of Mania on Bipolar Depression Treatment
Bipolar depression often comes after a manic episode. The bipolar depression that comes after a serious mania can be very intense and often create suicidal thoughts and yet, unless the person understands mania and what happened, they will get help for the depression only. It’s critical, though, that bipolar depression treatment take mania into account in order to select effective treatment and not make the manic symptoms worse.
Vigilant monitoring for mania or hypomania is essential with any bipolar depression treatment plan, especially by family members and healthcare professionals. A mixed episode (the presence of depressive and manic symptoms simultaneously; can include psychosis) can create intense treatment difficulties as well. When a mixed episode includes aggression, treatment is even more complicated.
I have experienced every single one of the symptoms listed above.