Frequently asked questions

As I said on the home page, I am no professional.  But using my own firsthand knowledge and gathering information online, I will try my best to answer these questions that may be on your mind.  My mind is an open book, so feel free to fill in and submit the "Write a Message" form at the bottom of this page.  I will get back to you...promise!

What is bipolar disorder?

WebMD states, "Bipolar disorder, with its extreme mood swings from depression to mania, used to be called manic depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder is very serious and can cause risky behavior, even suicidal tendencies, and can be treated with therapy and medication."

In laymen's terms, it is a biological disorder that causes a chemical imbalance in the brain as a result of a shortage in the amount of the neurotransmitter, serotonin.  This disease can cause exhilirating, euphoric highs and debiliting, decimating lows.  It is an incurable illness but can be treated with therapy and medication as stated above.

I sometimes hear people refer to bipolar disorder as manic depression.  Why is that?

Apart from what I feel is a more stigmatizing term for Bipolar Disorder,  the phrase "manic depression" was discarded due to the fact that it ​​does not encompass all the symptoms a person who is manic depressive can experience.  "Bipolar" broadens the field to include both people with Bipolar Disorder I and II.  

"Today, the umbrella term of bipolar disorder covers two forms. [With] Bipolar Disorder One...the patient has suffered at least one manic episode — where they become highly excitable, barely sleep, talk rapidly and lose their inhibitions — [this can last] for longer than a week, followed by severe depression.  [With] Bipolar Disorder Two [...] there may be long periods of moderate depression punctuated by mild attacks of mania."

What is the difference between Bipolar I and II?

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What is a stigma?

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Is there a cure for Bipolar Disorder?

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What are the symptoms?

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I've been doing really well lately and my bipolar disorder has been under control.  Should I stop taking my medication?

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What is bipolar schizophrenia?

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