Depression Mania Bipolar Understanding Mental Illness and a Quote by Khalil Gibran


UPDATE: November 07, 2019 scroll down to the bottom of the article

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Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly. People with bipolar experience high and low moods—known as mania and depression—which differ from the typical ups-and-downs most people experience, known as distimias.

Depression

The lows of bipolar depression are frequently so debilitating that patients are unable to get out of bed. Typically, people experiencing a depressive episode tend to have difficulty falling and staying asleep, while others sleep far more than usual.

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When patients fall into depression, even minor decisions such as what to eat for dinner can be overwhelming and difficult. They tend to become obsessed with feelings of desperation, loneliness, loss, personal failure, guilt or helplessness; what is very worrisome is that this negative thinking can lead to thoughts of suicide.

A SHORT STORY BY KHALIL GIBRAN “The Asylum”

“So I decided to enter this asylum. At least here I can be myself.’ — Khalil Gibran

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Mania

Most of the time, people in manic states are unaware of the negative consequences of their actions. With bipolar disorder, suicide is an ever-present danger because some people become suicidal even in manic states. Learning from prior episodes what kinds of behavior signals “red flags” of manic behavior can help manage the symptoms of the illness.

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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

“But if love is not the cure, it certainly can act as a very strong medicine.” — Kay Redfield Jamison.

Dr. Martha Castro, MD

1st. UPDATE: (Nov. 7, 2019)

In the largest study of its kind, involving more than 50,000 subjects in 14 countries, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and more than 200 collaborating institutions have identified 20 new genetic associations with one of the most prevalent and elusive mental illnesses of our time — bipolar disorder. The study is reported in the May 2019 issue of Nature Genetics

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12 Comments

  1. weedjee says:

    A nice the author and nice again 👍👍👍👍

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    1. Thank you so much, weedjee. It’s such a pleasure to have you commenting here. Send you a big hello from the americas! 😀

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      1. weedjee says:

        A big kiss Martha from Madrid Spain to you 😘🙈👍

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  2. weedjee says:

    Khalil is a quibbler, great thoughts and nice books and congrats in reference with your blog … cheerio!

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    1. I do love Khalil Gibran. I have been reading him since I was 15 years old, in Spanish, now in English and in Italian, is so poetic. Talk to you later, weedjee!

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      1. weedjee says:

        Wow, nice and you´re polyglot hahaha Take care David

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  3. Lovely post, the images capture the feelings of dispair and hopelessness a bipolar can feel or the experiences of depression. Also, some people, in my experiences, do not have much empathy for those who suffer from mental illness. I am glad you are shedding light on a misunderstood topic.

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  4. Great post, Doc. We doctors should be writing more about these important topics. Reading your post helps everyone, even us, healthcare practitioners. I’m in the surgical room all day with no time for myself and it can get mentally heavy at times.

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  5. Thank you, Mickele. I will continue to write about this topic. We all should understanding better and have more compassion and empathy. Great comment, Shele.

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  6. Dr. Markansa, you are absolutely right. Full time surgeons like you carry a lot of pressure on a daily basis, responsibility is immense. Having a circle of like.minded people helps a lot to understand and for support.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this and helping others understand bipolar disorder. 🖤

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    1. You are sincerely welcome, brittian. 💙

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