Mental Health is a major and serious challenge in our society and at large, it is very much obvious that it exists within a substantial demographic especially within teenagers and adults but still a lot of individuals find it difficult being open about and even wanting to discuss about it. Why is this the case!? well for one it may be because of the stereotype always attached to ones admission of suffering from some sort of mental health issue: and by this I mean the ‘oh he’s one of the crazy people’ kind of statement that goes around in hush tones.
Over the years while having personal open minded discussions with some of my friends who were very honest and sincere with their psychological state, I have been privileged to have first hand knowledge about the issue. Ever since then,the topic has been of massive interest to me personally because of its scope and severity especially in my country Nigeria where as much as 1.5million individuals are thought to be affected by some mental illness or the other every year, the most common being Bipolar also called manic depression.
According to Wikipedia bipolar disorder is a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. The symptoms requires a medical diagnosi manic episodes may include symptoms such as high energy, reduced need for sleep and loss of touch with reality. Depressive episodes may include symptoms such as low energy, low motivation and loss of interest in daily activities. Mood episodes last days to months at a time and mayInterfere with one’s daily normal activities.
Individuals Affected with bipolar disorder may experience the following emotions
1.MOOD:- mood swings, sadness, elevated mood, anger, anxiety, apathy, apprehension, euphoria, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, or loss of interest or pleasure in activities.
2.BEHAVIORAL:- irritability, risk-taking behaviours, disorganised behaviour, aggression, agitation, crying, excess desire for sex, hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness, or self-harm.
3.COGNITIVE:- unwanted thoughts, delusion, lack of concentration, racing thoughts, slowness in activity, or false belief of superiority.
4.PSYCHOLOGICAL:- depression, manic episode, agitated depression, or paranoia
5.SLEEP:- difficulty falling asleep or excess sleepiness.
6.WEIGHT:- weight gain or weight loss
Also common: fatigue or rapid and frenzied speaking.
Thank you Dear reader for stopping by and reading today’s blog post,next week I will be writing fully on the treatments & medications for bipolar depression. Feel Free to share your own thought’s and opinions below and let’s get interactive on the topic of discussion. .Please be so kind and Link up to www.odeebaba.com for the best there is in Lifestyle gist, updates & more on a wide range of exciting topics