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Are some of us Bi-Polar?

It's like I can be happy for a while but then it's like everything flips and I'm sad. It mostly has to do with looks. I want to look certains ways that other people look. I want to look older and more mature. I want to be tall. I don't know but I know that I can be happy one second then the complete opposite the next. Is Bi-Polar even real? Do you guys ever get this way?

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sometimes i feel like that. some days i'm happy with myself, other days i hate the way i look. i think as you get older, you learn to accept yourself more. i have found this out at least in my case :)

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It's like I can be happy for a while but then it's like everything flips and I'm sad. It mostly has to do with looks. I want to look certains ways that other people look. I want to look older and more mature. I want to be tall. I don't know but I know that I can be happy one second then the complete opposite the next. Is Bi-Polar even real? Do you guys ever get this way?

Yes it's real. I used to have it.

However keep in mind that there is a difference between being bipolar and just having normal mood swings. If you're not sure you have it, either you most likely don't or you're just confused. If the latter is the case, maybe see a specialist about it.

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It mostly has to do with looks. I want to look certains ways that other people look.

Ya.

I want to be tall

Me too!

Is Bi-Polar even real? Do you guys ever get this way?

Ya too!

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The only way you'll know is if a mental health specialist diagnoses you. I was diagnosed when I was younger, and over the years it has gotten better aside from a few bad days, but overall I can live productively. There are mild cases and severe cases. A lot of Bi-Polar cases categorically fall into the list of other disorders, such as Mania and just regular Depression. Each are synonymous, but, have different symptoms, so the criteria for a doctor to diagnose can sometimes be difficult. Some do not need medication, and others do. It can take years to amend a dosage to work properly. It sometimes discourages people because of the stigma that goes along with the condition. People don't want to admit they might have it, and others that don't have it tout it as something taboo and choose not to discuss it. At least there is a place, such as this, where people can openly discuss a topic without being attacked, but where they can be supported and given helpful advice to better their situation. It's not always easy for me to open up to perfect strangers, but being here for 3 months now, I can honestly say that most of you aren't strangers to me, nor do I feel like a stranger.

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Just having mood swings doesn't make someone Bi-Polar. It's not that uncommon to feel both happy and sad in the same day, hour or even minute. That doesn't mean your have bi-polar disorder. My little sister is Bi-Polar. As a child she was a nightmare......she'd throw insane temper tanturms that didn't stop until she was about 17 years old. She was destructive and violent, and would often break things in the house like TV's, dishes, etc. She'd slap my mother across the face........at 17 she became depressed and attempted suicide. She had bouts of depression for a few years until she was 20 and her behavior became really strange. She started spending massive amounts of money (she bought a car on a whim). She stopped sleeping, and stopped eating. Her speech became rapid. She'd call me at all hours of the night....when beforehand she'd never call me at all........then she becam paranoid, and though she could talk to dead people and see peoples "auras".........

That was the first of three episodes she's had since them.....each time she has been hospitalized.

Bi-Polar disorder isn't just little moodswings.......someone in a manic state acts a certain way. Usually they become more socially outgoing, act recklessly, spend money excessively, feel euphoric......this usually happens after a period of depression...........

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Bi-polar is caused by a chemical-imbalance in the brain so basically you either have it or you dont, its not caused by circumstances or situations, you have no choice in it. Sure those things can make it a whole lot worse or better but its not going to be caused by your acne or just because you having a shit day or low self-esteem. If your going from wanting to kill yourself one day/week to thinking you could do anything and having a stupid amount of self-confidence then possibly you are bi-polar. It doesnt go away unless your medicated so people who say they "use to have it" havent ever because it doesnt vanish you live with it forever.

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I wish people wouldn't self diagnose so much....thank you LabGirl for defining Bi Polar.......it's a really serious condition.

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It doesnt go away unless your medicated so people who say they "use to have it" havent ever because it doesnt vanish you live with it forever.

That isn't necessarily true, but that common viewpoint is the reason some never overcome it. Even some who are mis-diagnosed never "get over it" because they don't think it is possible.

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I wish people wouldn't self diagnose so much....thank you LabGirl for defining Bi Polar.......it's a really serious condition.

Damn straight, self diagnosis blows

Theres a reason we have trained professional for this sort of thing. We're way too self biased to make such assumtions about our mental health.

And its especially stupid considering theres about 192 different mental disorders one could be suffering, and all of which are mostly variations/combinations of the same sorts of symptoms...

I know personally, ive gone through periods where ive thought of myself as bi-polar, possibly schizophrenic, schizo typal, having aspergers disorder, neurosis, anxiety disorder, etc etc.

I learned that reading about this sort of stuff only makes it worse coz it leads you to think you have something seriously wrong with u, when in reality, you're just over reacting.

My self diagnosis is: Im me. What i do and how i act is all me. Take it or leave it.

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At one point earlier this year I thought I might be Bi-polar myself. The year before was really crazy. Some wacko developed this psycho obsession with me, and terrorized me for almost all of 2005. He slashed my tires, sent me my cat's head in the mail, threateded to slit my thoat....etc. I didn't become depressed during that time because my mind and body were just too busy concentrating on staying alive. My hair started to fall out and I did get really skinny and my acne got really bad form all the stress but the depression didn't hit until it was over. It was really bad, but I pulled myself out after a few months.....Then in the spring of this year I started acting like my sister......

I couldn't focus on anything. It once took me three hours to make a peanut and butter sandwich because I was so distracted. I started spending way more money than usual on stuff that I never usually buy like Coach bags. I started getting my nails done (which I ever never do). I was more talkative, and more socially outgoing. I started drinking more and taking vacations (again I never take vacations). I'd strike up conversations with total strangers.....I started to scare myself......so I made an appointment.

Turns out I wasn't in a manic state. I have ADD (which I've always had). It was really flairing up. I don't take medication for it anymore and haven't in years.....the doctor didn't give me a Rx. He told me what was happening to me was normal, and had more to do with the way I recovered from last year's events than any mental illness......(he also suggested I get a new job....as bordome at work can make ADD worse).......

I was sure I was in a manic state then. I was acting just like my sister......and the more I thought about it, and the more symptoms I looked up the worse it seemed to get.

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At one point earlier this year I thought I might be Bi-polar myself. The year before was really crazy. Some wacko developed this psycho obsession with me, and terrorized me for almost all of 2005. He slashed my tires, sent me my cat's head in the mail, threateded to slit my thoat....etc.

All those things are awful and I am sure would be very difficult for anyone to go through, but omg your cat... :cry: If someone did that to my pet, that would send me off a cliff. I would want to cut his head off, and I am not so sure I would be above it. I am so sorry; it is unbelievable that there are people who do things like this.

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At one point earlier this year I thought I might be Bi-polar myself. The year before was really crazy. Some wacko developed this psycho obsession with me, and terrorized me for almost all of 2005. He slashed my tires, sent me my cat's head in the mail, threateded to slit my thoat....etc. I didn't become depressed during that time because my mind and body were just too busy concentrating on staying alive. My hair started to fall out and I did get really skinny and my acne got really bad form all the stress but the depression didn't hit until it was over. It was really bad, but I pulled myself out after a few months.....Then in the spring of this year I started acting like my sister......

I couldn't focus on anything. It once took me three hours to make a peanut and butter sandwich because I was so distracted. I started spending way more money than usual on stuff that I never usually buy like Coach bags. I started getting my nails done (which I ever never do). I was more talkative, and more socially outgoing. I started drinking more and taking vacations (again I never take vacations). I'd strike up conversations with total strangers.....I started to scare myself......so I made an appointment.

Turns out I wasn't in a manic state. I have ADD (which I've always had). It was really flairing up. I don't take medication for it anymore and haven't in years.....the doctor didn't give me a Rx. He told me what was happening to me was normal, and had more to do with the way I recovered from last year's events than any mental illness......(he also suggested I get a new job....as bordome at work can make ADD worse).......

I was sure I was in a manic state then. I was acting just like my sister......and the more I thought about it, and the more symptoms I looked up the worse it seemed to get.

Wow thats terrible. If someone sent me my dogs head in a mail, I would hunt them down and maybe honestly kill them.

Judging from your sisters description, I don't think I have bipolar disorder. But your sister seems like a particularly bad case. Though I do have periods of euphoria where I feel like dancing and singing for no reason, then periods of depression where I can't get out of bed and feel suicidal.

But I always took that as due to random upsurges and withdrawals of seratonin due to the pills that I'm taking. :think:

Could your sister perchance be schizophrenic? There was a possibility that I was experiencing something minor like that because of the voices and paranoia I would sometimes experience.

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