In the beginning of the year I mentioned that this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is Depression. However, as much as I will talk about Depression, I would also like to acknowledge other mental health conditions that affect individuals all over the world. Allow me to shed some light on Bipolar Disorder.
30th of March is recognized as World Bi polar day. This date was chosen as it was the birth date of one of the most famous and influential impressionist artist named Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh was said to have suffered from bipolar disorder which led him to take his own life. His birthday is therefore set aside to create awareness for the illness in honor of his memory.
What is Bipolar?
I’m sure most of you have heard this term being thrown around to insinuate a person’s indecisive nature or lack of emotional control. I’m here to tell you that Bipolar disorder is a real disease. Yah! like your brain get’s sick and all! ( blonde girl accent) Okay, jokes aside! It’s an actual neurological disorder!!! Bipolar is is a mental health illness that is categorized under mood disorders, in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM) . Without putting so much Psychology into it, it’s like a reference book for diagnosing mental illnesses. it’s known as bipolar because an individual suffering from the mental health condition undergoes extreme temperaments or change of moods. These moods vary between mania and depression. mania being an extreme state of euphoria and depression being, well depression. An extreme state of “low moods” or melancholy, just as people who existed as early as the 17th century referred to depression.
A little history if I may?
Bipolar was in the beginning referred to as Mania and melancholia by the ancient Greeks and Romans, which is the modern-day Mania and depression. it was later on referred to as Manic depressive illness before German Psychiatrist, Emil Kraepelin coined the term “bipolar” which means “two poles” to signify the two opposite and extreme states that an individual with bipolar experiences, that is, mania and depression. It was believed to be a more polite word since people had started calling people with bipolar “maniacs” coming from the word “mania” not so kind ancient people, now is it?!
What Causes Bipolar?
Scientists have not yet found a specific cause for this disorder but some say it is due to environmental issues such as traumatic events and biological issues such as genetics and imbalances of neurotransmitters such as dopamine ( Y’all better remember this brain chemical from my previous posts or else I’ve just been talking to myself) may lead to the onset of bipolar disorder. Further research is still being done. Have I mentioned that Bipolar is technically the most researched neurological disease ever? Pretty serious huh?! well now you’re in the know!
Signs and symptoms?
This honestly will take a whole blog post, I want to leave no stone unturned.
Stay posted for more information on Bipolar!
With Love and Light! 😘😘😘