Whether you are someone who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or know someone that has been diagnosed you are going to have questions. This is normal and it is important that you ask them so that you better understand what this disease is or how it might affect your life in the big picture.
That is why we have compiled a list of common questions that people will ask and that are often misled on. We touch base on how this is going to affect your life, what type of symptoms you have to deal with, and what treatments you have available that will help to control the problem.
Can I lead a normal life?
When people first learn that they have bipolar disorder they go into freak out mode and they assume the worst. They become afraid that they will ruin every relationship and that their normal lives will be over and done with. This is not true.
While it is true that your life will change, it only has to be in a small way. There are a number of people who have been diagnosed and gone on to lead very happy lives. In fact most people that they meet along the way would never know that they suffer from this condition. To do this you need the right treatment, a support system you can rely on, and a positive attitude on your end.
Will I bounce back and forth between mania and depression?
There are some people who will alternate between episodes of mania and depression and that it can be very extreme. However, these people are often very depressed more than they are manic. For the majority of people the mania is mild and the people around you might not pick up on it. Also it is possible to go months without any episodes.
Does this condition affect my mood only?
Most people believe that this condition only affects the mood that the person is in. However, it can go much deeper than this. It will affect your judgment, concentration, memory, sleep patterns, energy levels, sex drive, appetite, and your self esteem. That is why people with this condition will also suffer from anxiety, high blood pressure, and migraines
Is medication the only treatment available?
The most common treatment to use for controlling the episodes of bipolar disorder is medication that works well with your body. However, this is not the only option that you have. Many people will see out counseling with a therapy or in a group. You will also find that eating healthy, exercising, reducing stress, and recognizing your triggers will go a long way at keeping the episodes to a minimum.