My fiance says that, yeah, sometimes I get depressed, but I am not "all over the place". I have had friends say the same thing about getting slapped with "the family curse" diagnosis, just because they were honest with their doctor. Also, would an episode look similar to the happiness, then the depression, then extreme anger that a severe alcoholic experiences?
It can look similar. Some people "cycle" rapidly; others may take weeks to cycle from one phase to the other. I am not bi-polar, but I am quite sure that others who suffer from this and are WAY more knowledgeable about it than myself will be weighing in on this for you. Listen to what they say, because as I said they are extremely knowledgeable about the illness since they live with it. Common guys, help the lady out. :)
It can come from relatives. My mother and my Grandmother suffered from it. I think stress and things from your past can trigger it. I know it did with me. Some doctors said I was Bi-polar some say I was not. I just can't explain it. I do think it is genetic. I know with a good doctor and therapy it will help.I know it is something I have to deal with. I don't know if this has helped you in anyway. Talk when you feel down. Alcohol in your parents could be a factor if they drank. Take care
I understand your concern and believe that Bipolar Disorder may be too frequently diagnosed, but that being said doesn't take away the fact that many of us are bipolar. If you would like to read about this disorder please try the following site:
It is very detailed explaining the four types of bipolar disorder and the symptoms of each.
An episode may be characterized by mania (extreme happiness if you will) and then depression and then anger similar to what you describe as what an extreme alcoholic may experience. As there are different types of episodes and different cyclic patterns, this is difficult to generalize.
I do hope this has helped you with your questions and concerns, if you need more info or would like to chat further, please post,
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