Causes of BAD
There are many stars in Hollywood who live with a “bipolar”. Many did not immediately decide to talk about the disease, but after a while they stated that this made their life much easier. In addition, bipolar disorder, although it almost always requires lifelong medication and observation, does not lead to personality deformation. According to experts, the disease has a hereditary nature, but has no predetermination. And approximately 7% of patients do not have any burdened heredity. Consequently, the disease is formed due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors, with a greater role of genetic ones. People with BAD live like on a swing (to put it simply): from a feeling of hopelessness and despair, a breakdown and inability to get out of bed, to pronounced emotional upsurges, accompanied by bursts of productivity. Mood swings are possible even during the day, and more often the condition worsens in the morning.
Not so long ago, this diagnosis was discussed in the light of a frank interview with Yulia Akhmedova – she told Irina Shikhman how she lives with bipolar disorder. The participant of the Stand Up show was treated in the hospital and has been taking antidepressants for many years under the supervision of a doctor. She was not diagnosed immediately – BAD is easily confused with depression. At the moments when the emotional “swing” went down, Yulia could not, according to her, brush her teeth in the morning – she had no strength, and during the night she got up twenty times to check if the front door was closed. Having accepted her illness, Akhmetova felt relieved, because now she understands what is happening to her. She thanks her friends for supporting her all this time. Later, Julia found out that friends even created a chat where they discussed who would go next to visit and support the girl. Akhmedova talks about her depression from the stage, and also emphasizes that depressive disorders are not treated with shopping or friendly gatherings. But the word depression has become terribly blurred in our country – many people still do not understand that this is a serious illness.
Model Alesya Kafelnikova diagnosed herself, in any case, she herself wrote about it on Instagram. “After analyzing all my correspondence today, emotional jumps, emoticons used on the phone, I can firmly state that I have bipolar disorder,” the girl wrote. The daughter of a famous tennis player had problems with alcohol and not only, bulimia, a bad relationship with her father – a whole bunch that could provoke the appearance of BAD, her fans argue. However, as experts say, in most cases, bipolar disorder is hereditary. And frequent mood swings (from sadness to joy) is not a bipolar disorder. Also, do not confuse this disease with a split personality. People with BAD experience states ranging from super euphoria to depression.
Rap artist Guf
Rap artist Guf talked about the “bipolar” in an interview with Ksenia Sobchak. According to the artist, he was in a psychiatric hospital 8 times. Alexei does not alleviate his condition, but only aggravates it with alcohol and not only. However, everyone makes his own choice: to stabilize his condition, accept the disease and learn to live with it, or literally test himself for strength.
There are many more artists in Hollywood who are publicly talking about living with bipolar disorder. More recently, during the spring quarantine, Selena Gomez spoke about her diagnosis. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Prior to this, the girl thought that she was suffering from increased anxiety and panic attacks. She also had to undergo a kidney transplant. Upon learning of the diagnosis, the singer, according to her, felt better. She realized that the necessary drugs and therapy sessions would make her life easier.
Drew Barrymore has been living with BAD for over thirty years, having been diagnosed at fourteen. The actress tells her “colleagues”: “You will never be cured. You just learn how to deal with the problems that exacerbate your disease.” Kanye West recently learned about the diagnosis, but already considers BAD his “superpower”. Mariah Carey also calmed down internally – she was diagnosed with a disease in 2001, although before that she had sinned on her difficult character. It turned out to be a mental illness. What should people do who understand that something is happening to their psyche? And what should loved ones do when looking at a suffering person?
Specialist Comment: Is BAD Treated?
The course of the disease can be very different, that is, the phases (from mania, euphoria to depression) can pass one into another directly or through an intermission period. The duration of the phases can vary from a few hours to several years. It is clear that the severity of affective disorders has a significant range: from erased forms, in which the patient can continue to lead a normal life, to forms with inappropriate behavior that require isolation.
Patients come to a psychiatrist in different ways: depressives often come by themselves, although sometimes they are brought by relatives, and patients with a first hypo- or manic episode are more often brought by others. BAD is treated quite successfully. Medicines are taken for a long time, almost for life. The decision to reduce the doses of drugs or cancel them during a long intermission is made only by a specialist who has access to the patient’s medical records and observes him for a long time.
Relatives of patients undergo psychoeducational training. Their role is to support medication intake, encourage treatment at the “first signs”: changes in activity, sleep duration/appetite level, speech rate, and help maintain a stable daily routine for the patient.
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