From happiness to bitter tears, or to extreme outbursts of utter impatience, bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by extreme swings.
Actually, it consists of two parts: the manic period, euphoric eruptions, excessive self-esteem, increased libido, the need for sleep and the ability to gather is reduced, and the depressive period, in which the person is sad. in daily activities, fatigue, weight, loss, gain, difficulty sleeping, even having thoughts of suicide or death.
Both courses can coexist at the same time, they arise in a mixed period, the reactions in which are more significant.
The country’s Ministry of Health estimates that between 1 and 3 percent of the population suffer from bipolar disorder, which means that nearly three million Mexicans are bipolar.
The exact causes of bipolar disorder are not clear, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic, biological and environmental factors. Diagnosis is made through a psychiatric and medical evaluation, which includes interviews, physical examinations, and laboratory tests.
Its treatment requires a multidisciplinary team whose objective is the first identification of this disorder, because it can lead to an important situation in the life of each one, causing financial problems, legal, interpersonal problems, substance abuse, working, physical and mental health. .
The purpose of the drugs prescribed in this disorder is to stabilize the condition that has been manifested in acute periods and prevent recurrence.
Some celebrities who have spoken openly about their condition include Demi Lovato, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jim Carrey, Mel Gibson, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. In Mexico, Ari Telch, Ximena Sariñana and Lupita D’Alessio represent those who suffer from this disorder.
World Bipolar Disorder Day (March 30) is observed with the aim of raising awareness about this condition and removing the social stigma. This day was established because Vincent van Gogh gave birth today to a child who was diagnosed with this mental illness.
Regarding the profession of each person with bipolar disorder, there is no doubt that their performance should not be reduced, nor should this diagnosis be used prematurely to judge each individual’s competence.
It is important that if you think you or someone you know may be experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, they recommend that they go to a mental health professional (psychiatrist) to begin assertive treatment.