What does an individual, who suffers from bi polar disorder, look like?”. Well in order to depict a clear picture, think of these people; Kurt Vonnegut (acclaimed author), Ozzy Osbourne (top selling musician), Mel Gibson (acclaimed actor), and Russel Brand (U.K.’s top stand up comedian). Each one of these highly regarded individuals is dealing, or has dealt with bi-polar disorder. This established picture, should erase any stereotypes; and mainly prove that any individual can be suffering. It is important to become aware of the symptoms, because bi-polar disorder can be very well hidden.
1. Depressive Episode: An individual who experiencing depressive episodes, will suffer from persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, isolation, or hopelessness. These chronic symptoms will effect an individuals appetites, sleep, or activities. The main victim of an individual’s emotion is the personalization factors (e.g. social anxiety, irritability, loss of sexual interest).
2. Manic Episode: Manic episodes are different from depressive episodes, in the way that they are quick bursts of elevated emotion; as opposed to a chronic symptoms. Individuals who are experiencing these episodes
3. Hypomanic Episode: If an individual is presenting false happiness, it could be a symptom of hyomanic episodes. These episodes are filled with constant mood swings (extreme highs and extreme lows). Although the episodes may feel good to the individual who is experiencing, the crash is completely debilitating.
4. Mixed Affective Episode: The mixed affective episode is an a amalgamation of several different symptoms occurring at one time.
5. Associated Features: There are two main features that are extremely pronounced in any individual experiencing this disorder. First, an individual will rarely show any signs during a neuro-psychological test. The last, and most interesting, is most individual’s with this disorder wind up getting involved in the arts of some kind.