What is bipolar?
To give one definition of what bipolar is would be unfair. The textbook definition
will lead you to believe that this disease falls into two categories of a mood or mental
disorder, or the combination of both. But is it truly that simple? Bipolars, like myself,
can be manic and have the high and low mood disorder. But my experience has led me
to believe that a bipolar is a person who had a traumatic life experience. Yes the mania
is there and the elevation and downfall of mood is there but more importantly we
are living proof that the world and the people in it has a profound impact on us. The
disease is caused by that. We don’t wake up or are born bipolar. Our disease is the result
of a cause that has happened to our minds, bodies and spirits. Everyone is manic or
emotionally unstable throughout their lives, so how are some of us bipolar and some of
us not? Simple. The average bipolar has that state of being or emotion for a lasting
amount of time and is operating or functioning with the aid of medication or therapy
to live a semi-normal or productive life. This onset is usually determined by some life
altering thing. It could be stress, environmental factors, or other extreme life experiences.
So to define this disease is to say that being bipolar is a state of being that is triggered
by trauma to the whole being of a person, causing him or her to think or act in a
way outside of their normal and healthy way of who they are. They are forever
changed and sometimes reliable on medication or others to grasp the reality
of this change and help return them to the state of normalcy they once knew.
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