Curious minds always want to know. I have Bipolar 1 and have been in a manic state for months. I don’t recall the last time I felt even, not depressed and not manic. I have little control over who takes each day and makes the best of it.
I say who because there is a definite change in me. I feel it and I know it. But I don’t know when changes will take place. It depends on the different triggers.
Triggers are things that cause to think and/react negatively to the threat of Sobriety of any sort. My goal is to find sobriety from chaos. It’s one day at a time.
So, because I am in a manic phase, I have to keep busy. My mind or physical ether one. Mainly physical activities that I turn to. I love to paint and garden. Today I decided that I wanted to move a tree into a different area of the yard. My goal is to make sort of a natural privacy fence from a neighboring business.
I decided to move the tree. I tried to dig it up but the roots were too deep and scattered. So brilliant me decided to get the chain saw after trying some other means. I put the fuel in the saw and decided to was best to try and start it on the steps. I pulled the cord a few times after I primed it, and the next time it almost started but it turned and the blades landed against my shin. I thought it was like a pressure washer. Oh my God I thought what almost happened but it taught me a lesson. I put it away. Don’t Mess With Things You know Nothing About.
I learned a lot today and one is to live in the moment because it might be your last. I did wind up transplanting that tree and it looks great so far.
Do What You Know
Do What You Love
Give To Others
Learn To Use Power Tools
Another thing to never mess with is self diagnosis of a mental illness.
A formal diagnosis is often the first step on the road to healing from a physical or a mental illness. A diagnosis provides a faint feeling of illness with a name, and the right diagnosis can provide someone with a clear road to wellness. Often, people visit their doctors in order to get this kind of information. They submit to tests, answer questions and otherwise provide the raw data a clinician can use in order to really get to the root of the discomfort.
But sometimes people skip the doctor’s office, and they hop online to diagnose their own diseases. While this method might seem expedient, and it’s certainly common, it can be remarkably dangerous.
I’ve done it time after time when I want answers now. The thing with using certain information obtained on the internet is that it is sometimes generalized and there may be more going on than just the basic diagnosis or information that can not be obtained unless you get a complete proper diagnosis from your doctor.
In a report published in 2013, researchers found that the average American consumer spends an average of an hour each week looking for health information online. They might browse casually, reading up on disease prevention or general health management, but many of these consumers are performing targeted searches in which they’re outlining the symptoms they have, and hoping to find out what they can call their particular ailment.
But researchers found that people looking online are likely to walk away from that search thinking that they have a brain tumor. The most serious thing is given prominence, even though it may be a much less likely reality than less serious conditions.
In this day and age of limited time with doctors coupled with ample opportunity to google anything, the temptation for people to reach their own conclusions about their illness is strong. Here are a few truths to consider and how self-diagnosis affects this.
When you self-diagnose, you are essentially assuming that you know the subtleties that diagnosis constitutes. This can be very dangerous, as people who assume that they can surmise what is going on with themselves may miss the nuances of diagnosis.
For example, people with mood swings often think that they have manic-depressive illness or bipolar disorder. However, mood swings are a symptom that can be a part of many different clinical scenarios: borderline personality disorder and major depression being two examples of other diagnoses.
The clinician can help you detect whether you swing from normal to down or down to up, and by considering how long the mood swings last, the clinician can make the appropriate diagnosis. Here, the danger is that you may misdirect the clinician or even yourself.
One of the greatest dangers of self diagnosis in psychological syndromes, is that you may miss a medical disease that masquerades as a psychiatric syndrome. If you have panic disorder, you may miss the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism or an irregular heart beat. Even more serious is the fact that some brain tumors may present with changes in personality or psychosis or even depression.
If you assume you have depression and treat it with an over-the-counter preparation, you may completely miss a medical syndrome. Even if you do not want conventional treatment for depression, you may want conventional treatment for a brain tumor.
People with bipolar disorder go through intense emotional changes that are very different from their usual mood and behavior. These changes affect their lives on a day-to-day basis. Testing for bipolar disorder isn’t as simple as taking a multiple choice test or sending blood to the lab.
While bipolar disorder does show distinct symptoms, there’s no single test to confirm the condition. Often, a combination of methods is used to make a diagnosis. Mania The DSM defines Trusted Source mania as a “distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood.” The episode must last at least a week. The mood must have at least three of the following symptoms:
- high self-esteem
- little need for sleep
- increased rate of speech (talking fast)
- flight of ideas
- getting easily distracted
- an increased interest in goals or activities
- psychomotor agitation (pacing, hand wringing, etc.)
- increased pursuit of activities with a high risk of danger
Depression The DSM states that a major depressive episode must have at least four of the following symptoms. They should be new or suddenly worse, and must last for at least two weeks:
- changes in appetite or weight, sleep, or psychomotor activity
- decreased energy
- feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- trouble thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
- thoughts of death or suicidal plans or attempts
Rapid-cycling bipolar disorder
This category is a severe form of bipolar disorder. It occurs when a person has at least four episodes of major depression, mania, hypo-mania, or mixed states within a year. Rapid cycling affects more women than men. Talk to your doctor if you believe you may be experiencing any symptoms of bipolar disorder or another mental health condition.
Mis-diagnosis Bipolar disorder is most often misdiagnosed in its early stages, which is frequently during the teenage years. When it’s diagnosed as something else, symptoms of bipolar disorder can get worse. This usually occurs because the wrong treatment is provided. Other factors of a mis-diagnosis are inconsistency in the timeline of episodes and behavior. Most people don’t seek treatment until they experience a depressive episode.
Suicide prevention If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:
- Call 911 or your local emergency number.
- Stay with the person until help arrives.
- Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
- Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.
If you think someone is considering suicide, or you are, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.