According to a recent Archives of General Psychiatry report, a survey was conducted on more than 61,000 adults in 11 countries (the United States, Mexico, China, Japan, Brazil, Colombia, India, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Romania, and New Zealand) who were actually diagnosed and treated for the disorder. The bipolar patients who are diagnosed for treatment in the lower-income nations do not all get the proper medical treatment required; and in most cases, less than 25 percent actually receive help for their disorder.
Bipolar is a terrible disease to cope with when a person does not receive the proper medical attention for their disorder. I’ve been around several people who have had experience with this disease disorder; and it’s a sad and a difficult situation to deal with when the person goes into what is called a manic-depressive disorder state. Bipolar disorders does not act the same in every individual and with a manic-depressive disorder their illness comes on gradual when the person is not being treated. This disorder will shift into an extreme amount of highs (mania) and emotional lows (depression); they may even out some but they must receive their medications as directed.
Medical medications are necessary for any person suffering with a severe bipolar disorder, don’t fool yourself by thinking they’ll get better because they will not unless they have the appropriate medications. A person who is suffering from extreme bipolar disorder will benefit if the medical team can get across to them what is actually happening to them; and by getting them into a group therapy class to discuss their disorder with other people who’re also suffering from the disease.
I can attest from my past experience with people who are suffering from manic phases of bipolar they will appear to be on an extreme high, their thoughts are mixed-up, they’ll swing from one mood to another often; they have extreme symptoms that are tragic for a family to deal with and care for the patient too. They’re as follows:
1. Spending money wildly: When a bipolar person is on a manic high, do not allow them to go shopping for anything because they’ll go on a spending frenzy and buy exorbitant amounts of expensive clothing, jewelry, vehicles, etc. They do not know the value of money and they don’t understand by charging what they’re actually doing. They have a feeling of grandeur and money has “no” meaning to them. They’ll charge large amounts on their charge cards and will go as far as purchasing a new car. They’re reckless in their spending and they’ll tell salesclerks they’re a member of the rich and they’re loaded with money when they’re actually struggling to exist.
2. They have a high sexual drive: They’ll go off with anyone who they think is handsome or beautiful and they’ll not know the person. The person who they go with does not know they’re in a manic phase and they’ll accept their gifts and their sexual offers too. This is what is known as hyper-sexuality and they’ll also talk about sex and engage in different types of sexual encounters that they wouldn’t dream of. The person must be watched as though they’re a child, yes, it’s sad and we must look out for someone who we know is suffering through this type situation and get help for them.
3. Not sleeping for days: They’ll stay up all night; and if they’re a smoker, they’ll leave cigarettes burning throughout a house; they’ll sing and dance; drink alcohol to try and kill their manic phase and this will have an opposite effect on them bringing them down. They’ll talk without stopping, and yes, they’ll appear to be highly intelligent. There must be shifts worked out to keep a constant watch on them because if they get out by themselves they could end up dead. They actually lose track of the time, date, place, and anything normal in their daily life. If they have children, they are not ever thought about and they’ll leave them unattended and they’ll be unaware of what they’re doing.
According to an article in http://www.everydayhealth.com/bipolar-disorder/0309/surprising-signs-of-bipolar-disorder… “no” two bipolar disorders are alike and it varies in severity, many people do not experience the same types of symptoms. There are patients who experience hypomania, which is a lesser form on a severe manic phase. It’s wise to remember if you’re dealing with someone with a bipolar disorder, if they’re left without the proper treatment, they’ll only get worse and it’ll takes months for them to recover.
Some people who suffer from a bipolar disorder may be depressed for months before they’ll go into a manic phase. This manic phase is manifested when the severely depressed person tries to escape their depressive state and they’ll achieve a full-blown manic phase and their personality completely changes. Everything can appear funny to them or they may manifest feelings of greatness and think they’re a prince, princess, a movie star or someone in high authority.
The Archives study stated one important factor, people who have bipolar disorders do face a challenge in their everyday lives and they’re at risk of other health problems, i.e., panic attacks, substance abuse, and suicide. I’ve found that people who who suffers from a bipolar disorder cannot perform under high stress situations and they cannot work under demanding situations, this triggers an episode and they’ll start missing their medicines; and before they know it, they’re in a depressed state and then, a manic phase. Once the manic state begins the person is off and running in a world all their own.
I discovered people who suffer from bipolar disorders, and if it goes untreated, they’ll have problems in any relationship they’re in, with their friends and family, and if they’re in a manic phase, they’ll think people are making fun of them at their workplace or other places too. My experience with a close friend is they will require medications for their manic-depressive disorder the remainder of their life.
People who think they may be suffering from a bipolar disorder should seek a doctors opinion and be sent to an appropriate doctor for medical treatment because the longer the medical help is delayed, the sicker the person will become and their manic episodes will increase to the point until “no” one can control the person.
Article written by Barbara Ann Smith – Copyright 2012 – Much of this article is from past experiences I’ve had with bipolar patients.