I'm a 40yo stay-at-home mom of three, happily married to the most remarkably amazing man for the past 14 years. I'm *Bipolar (literally, not ha-ha figuratively) and *ADHD which seems to work both for & against me...yay. I also have a B.S. in Social Psychology — go figure.
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HTML/CSS custom blog coding, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator CC, reading Fanfiction & supporting Fandom 4 Causes charity fundraisers.
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Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition that affects an estimated 2.6 percent of the country’s adult population, and often extremely difficult to diagnose. Like major depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by sadness, fatigue, a loss of enjoyment in everyday activities and disruptions in appetite and sleep patterns. But individuals with bipolar disorder differ from patients with major depressive disorder in that they experience what’s called mania or hypomania — emotional highs, bursts of extreme energy and severe irritability that ranges in intensity and duration.
Studies suggest it can take patients an average of 3.3 physician visits to get an accurate assessment of their condition, and 73 percent initially receive an incorrect diagnosis. Due to the illness' broad nature, the latest iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-V, divides bipolar disorder into several subtypes, but its symptoms often run on a spectrum, meaning there’s no one-size-fits-all diagnosis or treatment. And often, people who are initially diagnosed with depression develop bipolar symptoms later in life. —Retrieved from U.S. News Health (2015, January 15)
*Bipolar II disorder — characterized by high episodes of euphoria and low episodes of depression, together known as hypomania. Hypomania differs from mania in two important respects. While hypomania can affect functioning and quality of life in all facets for an individual with bipolar II disorder, it is not as severe as manic episodes, which may require hospitalization. Second, hypomania does not involve psychosis.
*ADHD Predominantly Inattentive Type — individuals with serious inattention problems, but not much problem with hyperactivity/impulsive symptoms.