Signs of bipolar disorder 2018 and what is hypomania?
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I’m Dr. Frita. Did you hear that Mariah Carey recently revealed that she has bipolar disorder? Did you know that Demi Lovato and Jennifer Lewis of Blackish and many other brilliant, talented people also have bipolar disorder? What is a bipolar disorder?
There are two types of bipolar disorder. There’s bipolar 1, where you experience manic episodes, and you almost always experience major depression and hypomanic episodes. And then, there’s also bipolar 2, which Mariah Carey has. And, in that case, you have at least one episode of hypomania, which is very similar to mania only less severe, and you also experience at least one major depression, but you do not experience the full-blown manic episodes.
So what causes bipolar disorder? Well, we believe that it’s caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain although we have not pinpointed the exact cause. We do know that one to three percent of the world’s population has bipolar disorder, and most patients are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30.
So what are the symptoms of mania? If you have mania, you may experience excessive happiness, euphoria, lots of energy. You may have rapid speech, “flight of speech”, a stress to keep on talking, where you may get annoyed if people interrupt you. You may also have an inflated self-esteem, delusions of grandeur, where you feel like you can do anything, you can take on the world.
If you have mania, you may set unrealistic goals. You may start project, after project, after project, that goal, after goal, after goal but then you don’t accomplish any of them.
So what is hypomania? Again, hypomania is very similar to mania only less severe.
Depression. If you are depressed, you may have symptoms of low energy, excessive fatigue. You may not be interested in the things that you used to like. If you’re a person who loves to shop, you’re not interested in shopping anymore.
Many patients with bipolar disorder, have a hard time maintaining interpersonal relationships, they have a tough time keeping jobs, they can often go into financial ruin, and over 60% of patients with bipolar disorder abuse drugs or abuse alcohol when they’re not managed properly.
I truly applaud people like Mariah Carey who are brave enough to come out and to share that very personal diagnosis of bipolar disorder. In doing that, I hope that she gives the strength, the courage to other people to also come out and to get help and to be managed if they have bipolar disorder. There are so many brilliant, beautiful, wonderful people with bipolar but, if you don’t get managed, if you don’t seek treatment, then you won’t do well long term.
Well, that ends my general overview of bipolar disorder. If you have any questions or comments, please put them down below. Also, please like my video, please share my video, please subscribe to my channel, Dr. Frita. As always, do your best to have your happiest, healthiest life.
I hoped this helped you with signs of bipolar disorder and I hope it helped you get a better understanding of what is hypomania?