I read Julia’s post yesterday, and learned a lot about Manic Depressive Disorder. I hope sharing her story will open more eyes to the plight of others with this diagnosis. They need love, just like the rest of us. Thanks for taking the time to read.
But, don’t worry. You can’t catch it.
Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder (also called Manic Depressive Disorder), that causes my moods to swing between really high and really low, to a degree that interferes with my daily functioning and quality of life.
You might be thinking, “But everyone has their ups and downs.” For you, a high mood might entail a lot of laughter at a party, island hopping while on a vacation, or even the rush of winning at the slot machines.
My high is manic. It is actually like being high and can feel quite wonderful. Euphoric even. It includes the aforementioned ups, but it goes way beyond that to obsessive-compulsive behaviors – like racing thoughts, the inability to stop thinking or to control the images in my mind, and irresponsibly impulsive spending, promiscuity, rapid rambling speech, little to no sleep, and illusions of grandeur.
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