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What does being bipolar feel like?

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BeyondTheInvisible
November 8th, 2018 1:55pm
Bipolar disorder is an illness that produces dramatic swings in mood (amongst other symptoms). A person with bipolar disorder will alternate between periods of mania (elevated mood) and periods of depression (feelings of intense sadness). In between these two extremes, a person will have periods of normal mood. When someone is in the middle of a manic episode for the first time they usually do not realise that there is anything wrong. It is often friends, family or colleagues who first notice that there is a problem. Unfortunately the person may object if anyone tries to point this out as they may not believe they need help. This is quite understandable because people experiencing a manic mood swing often feel better than they ever have done before. The trouble is that this wonderful sense of happiness leads you to become increasingly detached from day-to-day reality. Many people report that when they have recovered from one of these episodes they regret the things that they said and did while they were manic. Doctors use the word 'hypomania' to describe less severe manic episodes. Hypomania needs to be watched, as it can escalate into mania. Then for someone with bipolar disorder, a depressive episode can be much more severe.
easy123
November 14th, 2018 5:44am
When you’re taking the right medication it doesn’t feel like anything to have bipolar. Unless...unless you are under heavy heavy stress. At that point there is a good possibility that your symptoms may resurface. Your life may be a bit more of a roller coaster ride than most, but if you take care of yourself and try to minimize stress, your life should go along as normal with very few hiccups. The only problem is you may start to feel so normal that you think you don’t need the medication or you go into denial and then it will make life very difficult for you. You’ll have to start the process of finding the right medication and becoming stable all over again.
Oisin3
November 17th, 2018 9:36pm
Bipolar is having your body racing a million miles when your Spirit is buried a million miles below and then after a while you go so far down into a black hole which you know all too well, it’s a dark time and it’s back again you don’t know how long or why it came but it’s here and it’s so real, it kills , literally and so you have no energy and all those plans you made and events you entered are gone to pieces and when you don’t turn up people don’t worry for you they just give out and add stress into your life spiraling you worse before all the healthy things you had going are gone and your back on square one before you get so dangerously high that’s you can do anything you decide to buy a new car have a party, have the drugs because you only live once but that brings your once chance at life so dangerously close to death and you’re all too aware of this as it’s happening the atonal voice lost between the extremes is constantly screaming warning you but it’s never heard, you only hear that when you’ve made the mistake and then it guilt's you into thinking your terrible and have no purpose and can’t do anything right and you’re down again, low on money sobriety compromised people you’ve annoyed you can’t even explain how it happened you’ve lost those who are important to you and you’re feeling worse than ever and the only sure thing is that this will continue uncertainty you and indefinitely until it claims you for good
Anonymous
February 10th, 2019 4:44pm
Being bipolar feels like the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs. For every person it's different, but for me at least it's like being in a state of change that remains pretty constant. When I'm depressed I stay depressed for a long time, months even. It doesn't get better for anything and the only way to get through it is to push and wait it out. When I get manic, it's not for as long but boy oh boy it's destructive. I ruin everything I touch when I'm manic, it feels like. I'm at the top of my game, I have so much energy, I have the motivation to do everything. I feel like I'm invincible and nothing is going to stop me, except for me. I stop making sense after a while, I start getting more and more delusional and my hallucinations get worse. It's not a nice feeling once everything starts going south.
Anonymous
February 14th, 2019 11:33am
Being bipolar feels like one minute you could be on top of the world where others can feel happy and then something goes wrong and instead of dampening the day, it ruins it entirely. Your emotions are always to the extreme but people who don't have bipolar may not understand this so when they see us reacting in a way due to our bipolar - many think we are overreacting or being dramatic... But these feelings are real to us. It is difficult but more and more people are being educated on mental health and so the stigma and misunderstandings around bipolar are definitely improving
Iamhereforyouanditwillbeokay
July 3rd, 2019 3:54pm
Being bipolar has not always been easy. It’s like for one second I am doing algebra then I am thinking about what will I eat. It’s like all of my emotions are heightened. It has its pros and cons. When you are happy you are on cloud nine but when you are sad you feel like you can’t breathe when everyone else can. The attacks are the worst part. In my worst one I cut my hair and dyed it but how you deal with it is indeed your choice. For example it was my choice to make bipolar my strength not my weakness!
ArtemisMeow
September 14th, 2019 5:09pm
Originally, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder back in 2008 and it was very hard for me to adjust to the fact that I needed medication. Bipolar Disorder, for me, is a feeling of deep pain in my gut. A deep depression for weeks on end that didn't seem like it would ever let up, followed by a week or so of being so extremely peaked that I am talkative and ramble. Sometimes my head goes so fast I would get anxious and agitated. I also go through periods of extreme anger. Seeing as I am now diagnosed with Schizo-affective disorder due to paranoia and hallucinations on top of mood swings, I still suffer quite a bit from the effects of cycling moods, but am on medication that really helps me. A lot of times I don't feel like I need or like the medication, like I don't need counseling, but then I have a really bad few weeks and I know I definitely do. It may be hard to live with a mood disorder like Bipolar, but it is manageable and there is hope so never give up!
compassionatePainting4999
October 2nd, 2019 2:24pm
It is like being on a roller coaster- one minute you are up soaring the skies with the wind in your hair and life pulsing through your being, and the next minute you are down in the very pits of hell, staring into a bottomless abyss. The switch between happy and depressed is unpredictable. Sometimes the high's last weeks and the low's last a few minutes, sometimes it is the other way around. The kicker is that it mostly feels like what's happening inside is so removed from what is happening in real life. There is no causation. Strap yourself in and just ride it through.
Anonymous
October 10th, 2019 2:03pm
Being bi polar feels wonderful and heartbreaking. It's strange that I say that right? Let me explain. The issue with bi polar disorder comes from the fact that we feel a certain emotion too much. Bi polar episodes are categorized by mania and severe depression episodes. One minute you are completely fine. You are so happy and joyful and you feel like you can do anything... You feel so powerful! Then the next minute comes and you're crying... a lot! It hurts even more when we get depressed because just a second ago, everything was great. We feel TOO much. We don't just experience happiness, we experience an overwhelming sense of joy and the same goes for depression. A person without bi polar disorder will feel a little sad but someone with bi polar disorder we feel absolute despair and we have no idea why. Being bi polar is like being on a never ending roller coaster. The ups and downs can get so exhausting but I am here to tell you now, I am proof that we can get better. I am proof and so many other people out there are proof that we can fight this disorder! Bi polar disorder sucks and it so awesome!
Anonymous
November 10th, 2019 6:26am
Being bipolar is hard, at first. Nobody “gets it”. It is the sensation of a wood chipper being run with no logs. There is an appetite for “content”, but none to feed through, so my mind just gobbles itself up, instead. I love college work. I love difficult learning . Mostly, because it occupies the wood chipper so I can use valuable time and energy to enjoy the day and my relationships. It’s a battle, but most things are. It involves lots of creativity, which I dig, so that part is kind of fun. Directing it all can be a challenge, but that’s half the fun.
Anonymous
January 2nd, 2020 2:08am
Basically, sometimes you're overwhelmingly sad. You have no energy, you sleep all day. Everyone says you're being lazy, and even when you try your hardest to do things you just can't. Then other times you're invincible. Everyone thinks you're charming and funny, and doing seems natural. Suddenly you're convinced you can do anything, and you have the kind of energy that makes others believe it to. Then it's back to being depressed again and all you want is to die, and you hate yourself and everyone else don't understand why you suddenly "stopped trying" and why you have a bad attitude. Typically the depressed periods last for months and the manic one only a couple of weeks. That's my experience at least. I'm sure others have different.
considerateCupcake33
February 23rd, 2020 5:48am
Being bipolar means one minute you can be happy and healthy and in a good spot and then all of the sudden everything just flips. You could have thoughts of starting over or moving or something spontaneous that normally wouldn't happen. Being Bipolar is a hard thing to deal with because it often means you are stable mentally or emotionally. Bipolar is a disorder where one day your happy and the next you feel down and depressed and cant get out of bed. It is something that can normally be helped with a licensed therapist or a psychiatrist!
PaintedSunshine
March 12th, 2020 2:01am
It feels like one week, you don't need to sleep or eat, you do everything that crosses your mind for even a second, you can do anything. You're on top of the world, nothing can take you down. You don't need reasons to do things, you just do them. Full steam ahead. You are amazing. You are phenomenal. Then the next week, you could not be more depressed. Life hasn't changed between those two weeks, but you have. You feel like a different person. You are worthless, you cannot accomplish anything, you barely have the energy to get out of bed. Having bipolar disorder is like having two different faces that just cover who you really are without your consent. There's you, and there's the song that takes over you. It can be the siren song of triumph, or the swan song of despair. And you're never, ever in control, even when you feel like you are. Every once in a while you have moments where you feel like yourself, and those are precious. It's so hard to figure out who you really are. But in the end, you have to work hard and heal and get help and eventually, if you're lucky, you find yourself.
Anonymous
March 15th, 2020 12:47am
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annagabi
April 10th, 2020 6:14am
It feels like one day or moment you’re on cloud nine and the next you’re in the deepest crevice of the earth. you can feel the happiest and all of a sudden it’s just gone, and you’ll experience feeling hyper and then have a major mood crash, and it genuinely sucks. you can want to run a marathon, but then the next second want to cry and shrivel up into a ball. it gets tiring having a roller coaster of emotions, but as soon as the feelings become manageable, it will in fact get so much better. i promise.
Anonymous
April 17th, 2020 3:33pm
It feels like this feeling of instability that you cope with for the rest of your life. It's feeling on top of the world and then crashing with no parachute. I try to appreciate the good aspects; my creative mind, my ability to feel empathy, my intelligence, and the fact that I can help others who feel its debilitating at times. The days when you are in the depressive phase of your cycle are the darkest and you never know how long it will last. It can be scary and cause other emotions like anxiety or stress from feeling like you can't please anyone or even do your job, be a parent, or finish the simplest tasks. It is a process and an ongoing education of knowing triggers, patters in when you cycle, and having self-awareness while being brave enough to seek help with you need it.
Selkiex8
April 19th, 2020 5:15am
I have bipolar 1, and it feels like I have uncontrollable emotions at completely random, but triggered times. Sometimes I’m so elated I’m irresponsible, and others I’m so depressed it feels like nothing will ever be okay. These emotions can happen at anytime of my day, on any day. Bipolar makes me who I am, but It is not the only piece of me. You may see cartoons that represent bipolar with a mood swing that moves rapidly between highs and lows, but it’s more like a Merry-go-round of emotions that stops and goes occasionally, but never rapidly swings. I can be depressive for weeks or manic for weeks. But I rarely switch from high to low immediately! Although it does happen.
daisybaby204
June 10th, 2020 4:12pm
It feels normal until it suddenly doesn't. Bipolar is unique in that it's really a combination of feelings that happen in a cycle. I'm someone that's far more at home with cycling manic, until it gets out of hand. I like to think of it like I'm water tubing on a lake. Sometimes, you have to lean into the wake so you don't get knocked off. I find that when I'm manic it's easier to lean into and just let myself feel. I feel elevated, like I need to go run for 5 miles just get my head back in order. Sometimes I feel restless, like my spirit is too big for my body and I'm bursting out. It can be scary! When I'm swinging down, I struggle with memory loss and general apathy. I don't become depressed per say but I feel like a massive weight is on my chest, holding me down and stopping me from ever catching my breath.
Anonymous
June 25th, 2020 11:13pm
In the manic phase of bipolar disorder, it's common to experience feelings of heightened energy, creativity, and euphoria. If you're experiencing a manic episode, you may talk a mile a minute, sleep very little, and be hyperactive. You may also feel like you're all-powerful, invincible, or destined for greatness. Bipolar disorder is included in the Social Security Listings of Impairments, which means that if your illness has been diagnosed by a qualified medical practitioner and is severe enough to keep you from working, you are eligible to receive disability benefits. n summary, these data provide evidence that, in adult bipolar illness, depressive symptoms become more persistent over decades in younger adults while manic and hypomanic symptoms do not.
ShelbyN
August 20th, 2020 9:14pm
For me, being bipolar feels like a bungee cord. One minute you're having a great time, full of adrenaline, weightless, and on top of the world- and the next, you're plunging at the speed of light and hoping the cord doesn't snap on the way down. The feeling of the depressive half is so bad for me. I'm bipolar 1 with psychotic features, and I handle my mania really well- however, when it comes time to be depressed, it is so overwhelming that it physically hurts, it feels like my body is on fire, and it is hard so to do anything in that misery, even just move. Other symptoms I struggle with are the paranoia and delusions when manic, the sleep cycle changes, and the absolute loudness of my brain. After taking medicine, I realized my internal thoughts were so loud they affected my processing ability- for example, I didn't know the clock on my wall audibly tick-tocked. But to be honest- The hardest part is the isolation you feel, in a world where not many people feel emotions as strongly as you do, it is hard for them to empathise with how it feels to be in the middle of it constantly. I wouldn't say medicine would fix everyone, but what I realize is that my support system is great until my emotions veer too strongly one way or another- it didn't help me cope better, but it helped my support system empathise more. So when I'm in a crisis, and I'm back into that realm of "too far gone", it's still as bad as ever. It can feed into my paranoia and delusions that people don't really care for me at all, when I realize not everyone has the scope or experience to help people with my illness. It is still very isolating feeling, though, and somewhat aimless, like pushing a boulder up a hill to have it roll back on me again.
CognitiveACE
September 17th, 2020 1:50am
That depends as there are different kinds of bipolar disorder. But the main symptoms have to do with rapid changes in moods. People with Bipolar disorders are usually quick to go from happy to sad or mad at any moment and there aren't always triggers. People with Bipolar disorders might also have periods of time where they haven't grandiose thoughts and heightened motivation or excitement and then fall into states of depression and laziness following. They can go weeks being completely positive and then out of nowhere they seem like a changed person. They also might have a "short fuse" and anger or sadden easily without notice of any triggers.