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What does being bipolar feel like?

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Last Updated: 01/27/2022 at 6:35pm
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September 21st, 2016 6:48pm
Tough question to answer. I'll just simply say that there's one moment when you feel like nothing can get you down even if it tried, then the next moment where you feel like nothing matters anymore.....
October 19th, 2016 2:14pm
I have been diagnosed with manic depression (bipolar disorder). Manic depression is the rapid change of highs and lows in your life, some days I wake up being one of the most cheery people in the world, I get things done and I get things done efficiently. Other days, I am barely able to get out of bed. I have school because of manic depression, when I am in my depressed (low) stage, I tend to cut people off and isolate myself and it can escalate quickly. If you think you have manic depression, I suggest to consult a therapist. Manic depression isn't easy to live with.
October 20th, 2016 3:45pm
I have good days and bad days. The bad days are worst I feel like te world can swallow me. The good daysvare fun I get lots of energy
November 8th, 2016 3:53am
I think I'm bipolar, but I don't know, sometime I'm on top of the world and sometimes I feel like I am a worthless human being... I just want to be normal.
January 18th, 2017 9:42am
There are several forms of bi-polar disorder. The most severe of these are the types that make a person sometimes feel they can do superhuman things and often act out in extreme ways. This is a 'high' they don't want to come down from, but in time, what follows is a severe low where they can't even leave their bed. The length of time and extremity of severe highs and lows vary with everyone, but most have difficulty managing medicines because balancing emotions isn't as fun as the 'highs'. What is important is to realize that the 'highs' are often dangerous and cause bad choices to be made that cause 'lows' to become more unbearable. It's important to control the emotions and do whatever helps to equalize thoughts, feelings and actions.
April 8th, 2017 4:02am
Bipolar is characterised be mania, and depressive and sometimes mixed episodes! Mania feels as if you are on top of the world, other things that happen is not needing as much sleep and risky behaviours! Sometimes if someone is manic for too long they can deal with psychosis. And depressive episodes are what depression is basically, so things like loss of appetite, sadness and loss of interest. Mixed episodes and either be both at once or rapidly changing between the two
April 19th, 2017 10:30pm
To me, being bipolar feels like your emotions are constantly on a rollercoaster that either goes really up in the sky, or falls really fast to the ground. You have no control over it and you either feel like you can own the world and accomplish anything, or like nothing ever goes the right way or makes any sense. And when you're aware that you have that problem, you can identify it. However, your mind tells you to snap out of it, but your heart does whatever it wants.
September 14th, 2017 9:30am
Being bipolar is fairly frustrating. For example, you could be in a argument and be very angry, and then find yourself not feeling the need to argue anymore because you're no longer mad.
November 9th, 2017 3:37pm
bipolar is like not knowing how your mood is going to be from one day or one minute sometimes to the next sometimes yo can be positive and make goals somedays acheive them have energy and motivation. other days feeling you have no energy dont want to get dressed get out of bed wash go out do anything. sometimes you cry and feel in a rut unable to cope everything feels on top of you.
November 23rd, 2017 6:25am
Being bipolar often feels like you are a walking paradox. It's hard to find a happy medium, and things are always black or white..there is no in between.
December 8th, 2017 8:23am
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that is defined by extreme emotional highs and lows. This could include periods of deep depression, low activity, thoughts of death, a change in eating. As well as periods of extreme joys and feeling manic, during these times you may need less sleep, become very talkative, feel invincible or euphoric.
January 24th, 2018 9:39am
Your mood becomes periodically mercurial, ranging from a state of extreme excitement and energy (among other things) to a state of lethargic depression (among other things).
February 3rd, 2018 6:52pm
It can feels like we are having difficulty in regulating mood. We experienced mania, which includes racing thoughts, irritability, increased energy, decrease need for sleep; and depression, which include lost of interests, appetite, energy, concentration and even suicidal thoughts.
February 21st, 2018 7:22am
It feels scary at times, I feel alone and sad, but after say a week or two of that, I'm really magic, hyper sexual, risk taking and hyper. It can be hard to handle but, as long as I listen to the right people I'll be able to get though it
March 7th, 2018 4:04am
Bipolar comes with mania and mania can make you feel out of control sometimes. It makes you feel alone and weird.
March 28th, 2018 2:35am
Sometimes a low level bout of Mania can feel good. You are happy, chatty, and enjoy a productive time. Mania can be frightening when you barely sleep for weeks on end. Now you are sleep deprived and you don't feel tired. The chattiness rolls into inappropriate talk at times, causing others to withdraw from you. Racing and often erratic thoughts exacerbate this. One physical symptom is the inability to sit or sit for any length of time. Blood will pool in the lower extremities imbalance and pain in the bottoms of the feet will occur. On the opposite swing of the mood path is depression this is the more common mood experienced with the Bipolar person. This too can be experienced in various levels and for different lengths of time. The extreme symptom some may experience is suicide ideation and even attempts to deliver themselves from their mental sufferings. Attempts can lead to death. (These phases will occur in spite of the medication, however medication needs to be monitored and adjusted to achieve level or at least a less extreme variance in moods)
March 31st, 2018 5:12pm
Feel like you can be crazy at anytime... you seems like a weirdo because of the sudden mood swing. And only a little people can understand it
April 3rd, 2018 7:20am
It feels like something is inside you and taring you down.then it slowly feels like your starting to become it yourself. It will feel like a part of you that is like a filter that makes everything bad.
April 15th, 2018 5:13am
It is a consistent switch off. Depending on the type, whether you cycle rapidly or more slowly, your life seems like a death sentence, or a mad party. Mania is an exciting thing and will learn you very little. Depression is... well it's depressing, you know? The thing is, when you are bipolar, it's not really your choice. It's one or the other often enough. And when you're lucky (or medicated) neither one.
April 18th, 2018 12:06am
It’s hard, it’s like your never happy. Everything sucks, When it actually dosent, being bipolar is confusing And hard.
April 22nd, 2018 11:00pm
Being bipolar feels like an emotional rollercoaster. You are consumed by sadness, guilt, suicidal ideation, hatred, anger, worthlessness. However, there are highs which are euphoric and dangerous. It effects everyone differently. Not everyone gets highs.
April 29th, 2018 8:55am
Bipolar Disorder is a spectrum disorder that's why for every person who have it, they experience different symptoms and traits. I have a Mixed Bipolar Disorder. Wherein my high and lows can change in a matter of days and sometimes may even occur at the same time. It had been really hard for me to cope up with it especially with the hectic school schedule. My lows (depression) ranges from moderate to really bad. It can be one of those that feels like the world is a really dark and gloomy place where everything is full of negativity to feeling like life is purposeless, getting panic attacks thrice a day and planning my death. While my highs (mania and hypomania) are sometimes a blessing while a curse at some. It's one of those moments that you just suddenly feel so energetic, so full of life, so full of motivation. You suddenly need to make a to-do list, go to the gym, do the general cleaning of your house, do the laundry, go grocery shopping and do more productive things. And you actually do it all in a span of hours. But the bad part is I never get any sleep, not even a wink. I stay wide awake for 3 days straight and do stuff to perfection. I get hallucinations and delusions. I'm really really irritable and speaks and does thing in fast forward. I get so mad when people can't keep up with me and end up quarreling with people a lot. And after the high wears off, depression always follows suit. It's like a cycle, a cycle you want to break but can never accomplish. Having Bipolar Disorder is horrible, but it's something you got to live with all your life. So I just see the good things it bring instead of the bad and well, I'm pulling through my life slowly. :)
June 17th, 2018 5:08pm
An emotional roller coaster. One minute you are as happy as can be then the next you are a crying mess or angry. It would be best to speak to a professional if you have concerns on this matter
June 22nd, 2018 9:25pm
The main effect of bipolarity comes in the form of the way people interpret the world. If, for example, you give someone a gift, they may dislike or like it; what happens with bipolarity is that, depending on a wide set of circunstances, they may both like and dislike it, even at the same time.
June 24th, 2018 12:46pm
There have been times I have felt powerless to my mood swings. It took many years and much practice to recognise symptoms for my manic and depressive episodes. I believe family and professionally support has helped me find coping strategies. I believe this will be a part of me for the rest of my life. Acceptance, for me, is a big part of recovery. xx
June 26th, 2018 9:39am
its like extreme changing of moods or emotions in a mini seconds and bipolar can do anything even without thinking the things would harm themselves or others and it be in hyper happy or sad crying just like a roller coaster
August 2nd, 2018 10:34am
Being bipolar feels different to each individual and maybe it is not even a feeling maybe it is more like the weather somedays a tornado comes around turns into a hurricane. The next day it becomes sunny and birds are singing and life is good then the sun becomes too bright and over heats the earth. These cycles last for days or years at a time.
August 10th, 2018 7:43am
Bipolar Disorder feels like riding on a roller coaster that jumps of its tracks and crashes. You are zipping along faster and faster through loops and spirals, ups and downs, going to the highest of’s just pure energy...and then suddenly, you are plummeting down down down and BOOM! You hit the bottom and your brain is in a daze...all energy is gone...the ride is over....and the world around you is shattered.
August 11th, 2018 11:07pm
I often explain living with Bi-Polar like this: I’m the Army we had PT every morning at 5AM. You knew you were going to get a dose of push-ups, sit-ups, circuit grinders and usually an 8 mile squad or group run. That’s par the course...”Good Morning!” Now, what I had to do and keep to myself: Since I lived off post and had no vehicle I had to wake up at 3am, wash,dress and run 10 miles to get to post, make PT formation and successfully participate and complete unit pt with no signs of prior fatigue! That’s a sense of what the daily grind living with Bi Polar is to me!
August 15th, 2018 6:09am
It's like riding a rollercoaster of mood. You can be so happy like you are a rocket unleash to the outer space but then you can fall to the ground and it crush you so bad.