My mother suffered from maniac depression. This title has been updated to bi-polar. There were times in my childhood I do not recall my mother being there. My grand-parents did the best that they could to take care of us. My dads parents hired in a set of sisters Sally and Ann to clean the house and take care of us. One of them would spend the day playing games with me and my brothers and sisters and the other would take care of the house and yard. My mother would spend the day in her bed away from all of us.
The National Institute of Mental Health defines bi-polar having three major types. The first sees the individual having manic episodes that last at least 7 days or manic symptoms so severe that the individual needs immediate hospital care. Depressive episodes are present as well and last at least 2 weeks. Having both depression and manic together can happen as well. The second type of bi-polar has a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, the full blown manic episodes are missing. The third type o Bipolar known as Cyclothymia sees the individual suffering from hypomanic symptoms as well as numerous periods of depressive symptoms lasting at least 2 years or 1 year if the individual is a child or adolescent. The symptoms of hypomanic episode and depressive episode is missing.
My mother is not alone in her illness as there is an average of 2 out of every 100 adults who suffer with bipolar. More than 1/2 of these cases started during their adolescence. About 75% of people with bipolar disorder also met the criteria for another mental health disorder. There is no reason to be afraid to let others know. If you suffer with bipolar you are not alone and should look for help
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