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Am I a trigger?

“Oh, they’re bipolar—doesn’t that just mean they’re happy and sad back and forth all the time?”
“No. Bipolar disorder is much more complicated than that.”
“Maybe I’m a little bipolar, my mood changes a lot.”
“Everyone’s mood changes. Anyone can have a mood swing. That’s normal. I can be totally happy and something seemingly out of nowhere to you, could cause me to flip my script. Maybe you’re just wishy wash, maybe you have a short fused temper, maybe your feeling are easily hurt. Going from extreme to another sometimes doesn’t make you bipolar.”

On the most recent posting on the blog “Flying and Landing” One of the first things the blogger says is,

“I do not like the term BiPolar, as it does not describe anything more than polar opposites.”

I agree it’s very true that the name doesn’t only touches on the surface of this disorder’s characteristics. It’s more than just I’m in a bad mood right now. When you and I are upset it’s still within our control to not be. When I feel like I’m pumped up on energy and I’m being all crazy fun—it’s not because my brain is forcing me. Me, myself and I can calm down, chill, its simple enough for me. I’m not bipolar.

Every documentary or TV special I watch on OCD (if you haven’t come across the A&E show Obsessed—I recommend it!!) its always so amazing to me listening to the suffers explain how they don’t like doing the things they do, they want to stop, the wish they could turn off the thoughts in their head that are compelling them to behave as such. And they can’t.
Not by themselvs. The blogger of Flying and Landing writes,

“My first entry Flying and Landing pretty much describes what my mood swings feel like. I have felt helpless at times.”

MYTH: Bipolar disorder only affects mood.
FACT: Bipolar disorder also affects your energy level, judgment, memory, concentration, appetite, sleep patterns, sex drive, and self-esteem. Additionally, bipolar disorder has been linked to anxiety, substance abuse, and health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, migraines, and high blood pressure.

Bipolar looks different, sounds different, and though the general symptoms are the same, the characteristics are personal and personalized.

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