Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Symptoms

  • Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty.
  • Irritability.
  • Inability to experience pleasure.
  • Fatigue or loss of energy.
  • Physical and mental sluggishness.

Treatment
Treatment entails a combination of at least one mood-stabilizing drug and/or a typical antipsychotic, plus psychotherapy.

Self-Care

  • Monitor your mood
  • Develop a schedule
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Limit stress
  • Take your time in making decisions
  • Build a good support network
  • Join a support group
  • Exercise
  • Take time to relax
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Take medications only as prescribed
  • Make a wellbeing plan
  • Make a suicide safety plan

Meet peer educator Antonio, talks about his ecperience on Bipolar Disorder

My name is Antonio Rumere- Talahatu, I am 31 years of age.  I was misdiagnosed with Bipolar disorder at 22.  I’ve only recently discovered that I have BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder).  I’m still learning more about the disorder and myself. I noticed changes within myself as I grew older and I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. I’ve always struggled with keeping a job as my emotions get in the way of my better judgment. On my good days I enjoy relaxing at home, cooking, reading and writing poetry.  I have extensive knowledge of the things that trigger me, therefore I try my hardest to avoid situations in which a manic episode can occur as I cannot control my actions when my emotions are running high.