Bipolar is a mental illness, a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. It also affects someone’s ability to relate to others.
Among the top most mental conditions include
Bipolar Disorder – Bipolar disorder causes dramatic highs and lows in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly.
ADHD – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder where there are significant problems with attention, hyperactivity or acting impulsively.
Schizophrenia – Schizophrenia causes people to lose touch with reality, often in the form of hallucinations, delusions and extremely disordered thinking and behavior.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD is the result of traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, an accident or a natural disaster.
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Borderline Personality Disorder – Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by severe, unstable mood swings, impulsivity and instability, poor self-image and stormy relationships.
Depression – Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch; it’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding and treatment.
Schizoaffective Disorder – Schizoaffective disorder is characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as depressive or manic episodes.
Early Psychosis and Psychosis – Psychosis is characterized as disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t.
Dissociative Disorders – Dissociative disorders are spectrum of disorders that affect a person’s memory and self-perception.
Below are some of the good, the bad and the ugly of social media on bipolar victims.
Good for kids struggling to socialize
While there’s nothing better than a genuine face-to-face relationship, there are some adolescents who are so shy that anxieties will flare up, so social media actually helps facilitate connection to other people, says Dr. Joel Young, founder and medical director of the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine.
Social media can also be beneficial for those children who have obsessive symptoms that are common in bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.
Young observes that
“Unlike the natural world, where lecturing without discrimination on one subject is a recipe for social isolation, that kind of thing is what makes the Internet tick,”
Such a platform offers children and teens the opportunity to network, learn about the world, learn about people’s experiences, and access endless information.
It’s an invaluable tool when used, say, to learn a new language from another child at the other side of the world.
Children with mental health illness, they are generally more vulnerable than the average child, and by being exposed to an Internet world of others, it widens the opportunity to be attacked and exploited.
Online bullying can be a prolific problem many parents and educators see and find challenging to deal with.
Self-esteem and social development
The negative impact social media can have on teens is seen in a profound way on self-esteem. It is all too easy for faceless individuals from anywhere in the world to cruelly criticize others, widening the potential for damaging emotional behavior.
For children with the co-illness of ADHD and bipolar disorder, the over-stimulating medium of social media itself can have negative effects due to its overwhelming nature.
“Kids with ADHD can find it hard to focus, even in normal circumstances,” explains Young. “When you have too much stimuli, it’s highly problematic.”
Lack of self-control
For kids with bipolar or ADHD, they lack the built-in capability of self-control. So, having such a world of “instant gratification” available, can be too appealing and obsessions can easily set in.
These kids can also be prone to technology addictions and it’s not uncommon for teens to stay up all night glued to their screens.
It affects people of all classes and among celebrities who suffer from bipolar include Maria Carey, Kanye West.
Speaking to People Magazine, Maria said she was diagnosed with Biopolar2 disorder in 2001 and only came to terms with it recently.
She is now going to therapy regularly and taking medication.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she says of keeping the diagnosis private. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”
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After much speculation about his mental health, Kanye West has set the record straight in his latest album ‘Ye’ which was launched recently.
“I hate being Bi-Polar it’s awesome,“That’s why I f**k with Ye / That’s my third person / That’s my bipolar s**t, ni**a what / That’s my superpower / Ni**a ain’t no disability / I’m a superhero, I’m a superhero.”
Jean -Claude known to many as Van Damme for his tough guy act on movies, is also among the many celebrities battling bi-polar.
The man whose career has spanned over two decades began to crush and burn in the 90’s. This was due to excessive partying, a string of failed marriages and a cocaine addiction formed after the 1995 bomb Sudden Death.
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Van Damme admitted to doing about 10 grams a day at his worst. He checked himself into a clinic in 1996 for substance addiction treatment, although prematurely exited seven days later, and relapsed only a few years later.
Things improved in 1998 when he was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder. Rapid cycling bipolar is where mood swings between high and low are much more frequent.
He was prescribed sodium valproate, a mood stabilizing drug that is also used to treat epilepsy, and by his account responded very well
According to Justin Bennett while getting his life back in line Van Dammwe also reunited with a previous wife, Gladys Portugues, and has remained happily married since.
Van Damme still struggles, but he’s open about those struggles and seems less and less to be fighting the world.