Can Bipolar also include a 'normal' feeling between the happy and depressive epsiodes?
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Yes it can because people with bipolar disorder experience periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. These distinct periods are called “mood episodes.” Mood episodes are drastically different from the moods and behaviors that are typical for the person.
Yes I think so. It is easy to think that inbetween feeling (which may just be healthy, happy, calm and confidence) ...to think that thst invetween feeling is too "flat" or not exciting enough (when "mania" can feel so awesome and productive and "on"); and/or to feel that that inbetween space is "false" or that "the shoe hasn't dropped yet" (whem depression feels like acknowledging the "truly difficult and horrible state "of the world &/or ourselves. So what I am saying with this, is twofold: 1) yes an inbetween stare can and does occur; AND 2) It may be an easy tendency to pull away from or not trust that state because either end of the spectrum (depression/mania) feels much more intense and even more "real"; something to "handle" or a crisis to deal with. ....Sooo we could even tend to pull away from that middle place because we are more used to the intensity; we might evrn feel we are not doing enough or "being" enough ...in that middle space. It's there though.
Yes it can. person with bipolar disorder will alternate between periods of mania and periods of deppression. In between these teo extremes person may have periods when she will be on normal mood.
There are plenty of times that we function on what society regards as normal standards. For the most part we excel and are leaders at anything we do.
I think so. Having only learned this year that bi-polar meds work for me to stabilize my anxiety & depression, I don't have a lot of experience to go on. I know there are different types of BiPolar. My normal periods are short-lived, and my happy isn't like ecstatic.
Yes! For me personally, the normal times were sadly not long lived. But they were there, and then later were often accompanied by a total freak out/manic episode.
Sometimes it can. My friend has bipolar and she sometimes has a "neutral" state, but it is always like really quick
I believe so. They're like reprieves but deep down you know it will come back, it's just a matter of time. Depression and Bipolar come in waves. You can have days, weeks, months, or even years between each episode
Most definitely you can! It's just mood swings that get to us. We can most definitely have mood middles. For me, i really actually find myself not having those middles, but that's because my bipolar is actually a pretty severe case. I normally get changes in sleep patterns and mood levels, but i'm normally just very happy or very sad, and it sucks, but there is a normal feeling. I am still trying to achieve that goal with my therapist and it's pretty hard, but I'm getting better at managing it! I long to get that normal feeling soon though:)
Yes; bipolarity does not have only two sides to it, despite its name. Bipolarity has many faces, between manic depression, manic joy, apathy, and more "normal" emotions outside of the extreme/manic. People with bipolar disorder often experience "normal" feelings outside of plain contentedness, and there is nothing wrong with feeling things that are outliers to typical BPD feelings. They do not invalidate other BPD feelings just because they are more normal, and vice versa. The thing about the normal feelings is with BPD, they are also just as unpredictable as the manic episodes. Going from feeling fine, to apathetic, and then something manic within the space of a few moments or days or weeks.
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