Parents get most of the headaches when dealing with bipolar kids. They almost inevitably are the ones who have to pick up the pieces when their child has a meltdown, are often the ones who have to deal with a troubled child through the teens and twenties and thirties, and possibly later. And in all the... Continue Reading →
Wondering if you are depressed? Here are the signs to look for, sorted from the mild ones that appear early in a depression episode to the awful ones that signal a bad depression episode.
The diagram below shows at a glance the twenty eight symptoms of mania that I experience and also how they are interlinked. It's a quick reference, if you will. Click on the picture below to get a larger image. Use the back button on your browser to come back to this page. Alternatively, you can... Continue Reading →
The following are the official signs of what consists a manic or depressed episode and what Bipolar Disorder is. The information is taken from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, (DSM-IV), published by the American Psychiatric Association. Personally, I think this information is confusing or vague and is not quite as... Continue Reading →
I would suspect that it is nearly impossible to tell if a teenager has bipolar disorder. First off, there usually is no reason to suspect it. Which parent thinks to themselves "My son/daughter has been acting moody lately and their grades have been slipping and OMG, they must be manic depressive." What teenager thinks so.... Continue Reading →
When my life started to spiral out of my control in 1996, I didn't know the cause. All I knew was that everything I did, every bit of self-control and discipline I exerted made no difference. My close relationship with my family was disintegrating, I was seeing my friends less and less, and work was something I... Continue Reading →
You can fool yourself on a lot of things. Even unintentionally. For all the years since I was seventeen, I had mood swings that were damaging to me in every part of my life and it never occurred to me that there was a problem. Never. But that sort of luck does not last forever.... Continue Reading →