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What Type of Bipolar Disorder Is It?

Each bipolar disorder illness is unique!

Uniqueness of Bipolar DisorderWhen nearly anyone thinks about bipolar disorder, they think of the symptoms of “regular” bipolar disorder.  Not that any person with bipolar disorder is “regular” (and most would not want to be), but there are several different subtypes of bipolar disorder.

One big problem with bipolar disorder is that each illness is unique.  Psychiatrists may classify them into categories – but they don’t always fit.  Here are some case scenarios: (bipolar episodesbipolar groups)

•    Jennifer has episodes where she is extremely agitated and unhappy and never seems to sleep very much.  These periods seem to last for a long period of time – but can alternate with months where she is simply unhappy and doesn’t feel like doing anything.
•    Max has had periods of depression before.  A lot of times, they go away after a couple of months and then he seems normal but recently he “disappeared” for a couple of weeks after some really bizarre behavior.  His friends never knew that he was any kind of bipolar until he told them he had been at the hospital.
•    Ben has periods of depression that can last for several months but when he is not depressed, he is productive and seems quite outgoing.
•    Sandra’s mood state can switch erratically.  One day she is all about shopping and the next time you call her, she is still in bed at noon.   This is a constant issue – and you never know what you are going to get.

These are three examples of bipolar disorder that don’t seem to fit the “normal” pattern.  None of these patients seems to be “regular” bipolar.

Bipolar disorder is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as:

Bipolar Disorder TypeBipolar I Disorder: manic or mixed episodes that last at least 7 days – or if manic symptoms are severe enough to need hospitalization.  This, usually, includes periods of depression that last at least two weeks.
Jennifer and Max both fit into this category.  Even though Max never had a severe manic episode, having a bipolar episode that warrants medical attention, he qualifies for the Bipolar I category.  Jennifer has mixed episodes – rather than euphoria or traditional mania – she has periods of “dysphoria” where she is agitated, irritable and irrational but with an excess of energy.

Bipolar II Disorder: depressive and hypomanic episodes in a pattern – but manic episodes are not severe.
Ben has Bipolar II disorder.  He has periods of depression that are debilitating, but his non-depressed periods are quite productive, and he doesn’t exhibit manic behavior.

Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified: (Bipolar Disorder NOS) symptoms of illness don’t meet any other group, but the symptoms are clearly not within the standard range.
Sandra has BP-NOS.  She is what is commonly called a “rapid cycler,” meaning that she switches back and forth from mania to depression much faster than other people with bipolar disorder.

There is also a very mild form of bipolar disorder known as cyclothymia.  It is a cyclical pattern of hypomania alternating with periods of mild depression.  Many people would not even realize this is a problem.

Bipolar disorder is hard to classify.  It may be easy to determine that someone has a problem – but the uniqueness of each bipolar case makes it more difficult for even a patient to identify with the diagnosis.  Each type of bipolar disorder is, usually, treated the same medically. With an anti-manic agent (Lithium), anti-epileptic (Lamictal, Depakote) or atypical antipsychotic (Abilify, Zyprexa) – and sometimes with an antidepressant.

Melissa Lind

Anxiety and Headaches

Often a lot of people will find that anxiety and headaches can go hand-in-hand

Almost all people with serious anxiety have been able to see the warning signs of an attack with the start of a headache, and you will find that this not something that you must through alone.
You will want to make sure that you talk to your doctor about your anxiety and even the possible depression that you may have because this will help you to control your emotions and you will begin to feel better.

Mental DisorderMental disorders and headaches are extremely common. Most of the thing people who suffer from chronic headaches are people who also suffer from mental disorders like anxiety, OCD, PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, and major depression. People who suffer from these types of mental disorders, you will find suffer, almost 80% will have a headache daily.

Some of the things that you can do to help yourself out are by seeking medical attention. Keep in mind that modern medicine is often also mixed with traditional treatments like acupuncture in order to make a quick impact. You will want to keep in mind that there are a lot of people in the world who suffer from this, and there is no need to be ashamed.

You will need to consider your own state of mind and health in general so that you can take the best care of yourself and make the best decisions.

Keep in mind that there are many reasons why you may end up with a headache. It could be from all the pressure that you are feeling, and it simply could be because you have to deal with a lot of things at once. Not everyone can deal with multitasking; however, you will need to keep in mind that it is particularly necessary that you make yourself push thru it all so that you can come out a stronger person.

It is possible for you to have issues that overlap and that your headache could end up being more than you through it could be; however, it is particularly crucial that you get medical attention for chronic headaches. If you are getting them on a daily basis because of the stress that you are under, then you will need to do something in order to step down or relieve some of your stress.

It is extremely important that you think about the long-term side effects that you can get from anxiety and from headaches.

You will need to take your medical condition serious. And you need to do everything you can in order to handle the mental disorders and anxiety that you suffer from so that you can take control of your headaches and pain.

Anxiety and headaches can go hand-in-hand