I struggle with a chronic illness known as Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is reoccurring episodes of manic and depression that last from a day to months. This mental illness causes unusual and dramatic mood swings, energy and the ability to think straight. There is several different types of disorders. Bipolar disorder has a very negative impact on my life. This illness has caused me to ruin many friendships and have a downward spiral in my jobs and school. Ten billion people in the world have bipolar disorder but with the irregular pattern it is very hard to diagnose. Although the illness can occur any point in a person’s life, more than one-half of all cases begin between fifteen and twenty- five years of age. Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally. Bipolar has two different type of characteristic in high and low. When having an episode, I am living with two very different intense feelings! The road to recovery is a long and forever one. With counseling and acknowledging my problems, I am able to prevent any relapses for the most part. I have to take responsibility for my actions and prioritize them. There is also medicine I can take, but finding the right one can be a challenge. Electroconvulsive Therapy is also a option my doctor talked about for my bipolar disorder. It is much easier then seen on television. Also, if I decided to get pregnant later down the line, I can. I would have to be watched very well by doctors for a woman’s bipolar disorder can worse with pregnancy hormones. If I decided to keep taking my prescribed medicine there is a chance that there could be complications in the first trimester as well as birth defects.
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