Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health illness that combines periods of mania followed by periods of depression. Mania is characterized by hyperactivity, little need for sleep, recklessness and the inability to concentrate. Depression is characterized by fatigue, loss of appetite, suicidal thoughts and problems sleeping. These periods of mania and depression are called episodes.


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  • Ocean

    I went to the psychiatrist because I was almost sure I had bipolar disorder. It runs somewhere in my family and I don’t actually know where.

    I became conserned because of my constant mood swings, and so they diagnosed me. I wasn’t diagnosed as bipolar, I’m just extremely unpredictable. Now I still constantly visit and talk to my psychiatrist.

    One thing they told me: I’m 19 so my personality is still changing so it’s difficult to them to tell me when I will start to develope a “permanent personality” or how my personality will change and in what direction.

    I was relieved that I didn’t have to store life-time of bipolar medication to my medi-cab. And I learned something too; Now matter my age, I’m still not fully adult, (thought legally over 18 can drive a car, smoke, drink, live in own apartment, get married or engaged and get prescription medication without parents permission, stuff like that) I’ve always said to my friends, no matter my age, I won’t still be adult enough to have a baby and stuff.
    I live with my fiance, pay rent and bills. But I’m going to enjoy my “puberty/twenty-crisis….” whatever this is. So I got a new furby 2012, it’s childish, but hey. I won’t still be an adult within, let’s say 4-5 years.

  • Romanique

    im not bipolar just depressed my parents dont care even if i cut myself, i just want to get away

  • Ariey

    Since the sixth grade I have noticed that I had symptoms of bi polar disorder, When I was in a very depressed state and was constantly swinging from mood to mood for no reason I decided to go to my pediatrycian and get checked. They then diagnosed me with bipolar and anxiety disorder. Being bipolar is hard because its like you are a prisoner of your own emotions. You will be mad at the world for no reason and you dont want to be but you just stay that way and then you will be sad and mad for a few days for no reason and then all the sudden you will be extremely happy for no reason. I didnt mind the happy part but it sucks feeling so angry and not understanding why,

  • Jaz

    I don’t know if I have bipolar. I’ve talked to people on childline and on here and they say I need to get checked out ASAP. I talked to my parents about depression at the start of January and they just shrugged it off as attention seeking. I’m really confused because I thought I might have had depression, but I get happy, but when I’m happy I get over the top. Like all my thoughts are scrambled up and I get a buzzing feeling inside of me that I can’t control and I get basically not crazy but… Hyper(?) And then I get really depressed and suicidle, I’ve never tried suicide but I think about it alot, nearly 3 or 4 times a week. I used to ermmm… s/h… And.. Well.. I just need an answer but I can’t talk to my parents about it. I really need to go to the doctors cause my thoughts are just all over the place, I get exteremly scared over just a bloody thought, and it’s ridiculous what my mind can make up half the time. I’m thinking about going with a friend, if that would work??? I just wish there was a way that I could get through this without my parents having to judge me and find out… :/

    • K

      Hi Jaz, I’m not a professional but I have been diagnosed with Bipolar 2 and I agree with the people on here and at childline who have said that you should talk to somebody. It sounds like that’s what you want to do but that you feel like you’re parents have dismissed you in the past and you don’t feel comfortable trying to talk to them again. I would probably feel the same way in your situation. If you can find somebody like a school counselor or teacher, another adult relative you feel comfortable with, or even one of your friend’s parents that you can talk to, that might be a good idea. From there you can ask them to help you, and maybe they can help you talk to your parents and get you to a counselor or psychiatrist; this will be easier if your parents are there to support you. I suggest this first because counselors aren’t free. If there is nobody else that you can talk to, then by all means see if you can get a hold of a counselor who is willing to take some time to talk to you for a little bit without payment and then maybe they can help you talk to your parents. Even though counselors need to make a living, they are first and foremost there to help you. I am glad to hear that you have never attempted suicide and I truly hope that you never do. Please, if you feel like you want to end your life then go to the hospital or call 911. I won’t lie and say that things will be better right away; you might have to spend some time in the hospital, but look at Demi Lovato and how much better she is doing after spending time getting help. I too have been in the hospital and used to s/h. There is no shame in asking for help, and don’t ever forget that you are not alone. Each and every one of you on here will be in my thoughts.

  • Laurel

    I think that I might have bipolar. Lately (these past couple years) I’ve been feeling depressed and I’ve been acting out. I’m not entirely sure whether it’s bipolar or puberty. I haven’t really told anyone about this but I gotta admit I’m actually kinda’ worried about this because I feel that if I don’t really know what’s going on about this then I might hurt the people that mean a lot to me. I don’t really think that anyone in my family has ever had it but I don’t really know what to do.

    • K

      If you are worried about this, please talk to somebody. If you’re good at hiding your true feelings, there’s a chance that nobody knows how you feel, and it’s not good to keep those feelings bottled up. Whether you talk to your parents, another relative, a friend, or a school counselor, it’s good to talk to someone. It sounds to me like you want to talk to somebody, and I know it can be scary, but the fact that you’re reaching out to us shows that you are ready to reach out to those around you, whether you realize it or not. I know what it’s like to hurt people, and I wish I would have talked to somebody sooner. Even if you think you’re just hurting yourself, that it turn hurts those that care about you, that’s how I hurt my family and friends. Just because nobody in your family has anything like this, doesn’t mean that you don’t. Just like if somebody in your family did have something it wouldn’t mean that you would too. I know it can be harder if you’re family doesn’t understand, but I know that you can do it.

  • Claara

    I think I have Bipolar || , I’d to go to a counsellor and she diagnosed me with depression but I feel its more than that. Some days I feel so low and I just cant stand it and then other days I feel normal or more too the extreme I would feel unstopable, Invincable and like I can fly. Im just confused :/

    • K

      I am by no means a professional, but I have been diagnosed with Bipolar 2. So anything I say on here is just my opinion and suggestion. If you haven’t talked to your counselor about actually having Bipolar 2 instead of depression, then bring it up. The most important thing I have learned is that it’s important to talk and open up about how you’re feeling. If you have already talked about it, talk about it some more. Ask your counselor why she diagnosed you with depression, why she thinks that you don’t have Bipolar 1 or 2. Unfortunately though there is a manual to help professionals with a diagnosis, different counselors/psychiatrists/psychologists will sometimes diagnose the same person with different things; it’s not an exact science. Depending on your age that might be the reason why she’s hesitant to diagnose you with Bipolar 2. Years ago lots of children were being diagnosed with Bipolar only to realize as they got older that the diagnosis was incorrect, nowadays people tend to be more hesitant with diagnosing people under 18 with Bipolar. I was diagnosed with depression when I was 10 and started taking medicine that treats Bipolar when I was 14, however I wasn’t diagnosed with Bipolar 2 until a couple of months before my 18th birthday.

  • Angie

    my mom has bipolar disorder and sometimes I think i’ll end up like her because we think the same and it took time for me to get out of a deep depression but I know we’re 2 different ppl and that I’m different in alot of ways..

    • K

      You’re right, you and your mom are two different people, and there is indeed a good chance you won’t have Bipolar, especially if you are already feeling that you will be fine. Since I have Bipolar 2 I often wonder if I should have kids, and if I do have kids if they will end up with Bipolar as well. Then my mom reminds me that even though there is a chance they will have Bipolar, that there is an even greater chance that they won’t. It seems like you have things under control right now and that you don’t need any advice, so I don’t really have anything else to say. However if you do find yourself feeling like you might have Bipolar or feeling depressed again I hope that you are able to seek help from a counselor or somebody right away, and that you have a great support system who can understand since there is already a history in your family

  • Angie

    my mom has bipolar disorder and sometimes I think I’ll end up like her since she was a big impact on my childhood and I think like her at times and crazy thoughts get in my head but I know we’re 2 different ppl and I think I’ll be fine.

  • GIRLYGIRL116

    Well I think I have Bipolar Disorder because I have all of the symptoms. But on this website it said that it isn’t that normal for kids to have it and I am 11.

    • K

      If you think you have Biplolar, then please talk to someone. If you do, it will help you so much to talk; if you don’t then you don’t but at least you’ll know; maybe there’s even something else that you have. I was first diagnosed with depression when I was 10 years old, the diagnosis was finally changed to Bipolar 2 shortly before I turned 18. It helps so much just to know what’s going on.

      • GIRLYGIRL116

        okay i will i just dont know how to tell my mom

        • K

          Since I don’t personally know you or your mom, I don’t know if I can be a lot of help. But I have a few suggestions. If you have a friend who already knows how you feel or who you might be able to tell first, you might try talking to your friend and have your friend there when you talk to your mom. Another idea is to look for ideas online; you might find something that sounds right for you. My other suggestion is to write a letter. When I was 17 I was going through some things and I didn’t know how to tell my mom, so I wrote a poem. If writing would be right for you, then just start writing; maybe you could even show her this website and let her know that you feel like you could have Bipolar and that you would like to talk to a psychiatrist or psychologist to try and figure out for sure. Remember, Bipolar and every other mental illness is just that, an illness. Nobody can control it, some people need medication. I try to remind myself that just like people who have diabetes and need medicine, I have Bipolar and need medicine. Don’t ever forget that you are not alone, even celebrities like Demi Lovato have Bipolar. Remember to stay strong.