Bipolar Disorder and Neurochemistry The brain uses a number of chemicals as messengers to communicate with other parts of the brain and nervous system. These chemical messengers, known as neurotransmitters, are essential to all of the brain’s functions. Since they are messengers, they typically come from one place and go to another to deliver their messages. Where one neuron or nerve cell ends, another one begins. In between two linked neurons is a tiny space or gap called a synapse. In a simple scenario, one cell sends a neurotransmitter message across this synaptic junction and the next cell receives the signal by catching the messenger chemical as it floats across the synapse in a receptor structure. The receiving neuron’s capture of the neurotransmitter chemicals alerts it that a message has been sent, and this neuron in turn sends a new message off to additional neurons that it is connected to, and so on down the line. Importantly, neurons cannot communicate with each other except by means of this synaptic chemical message. The brain would cease to function in an instant if chemical messengers were somehow removed. By providing a mechanism for allowing neurons to communicate with one another, neurotransmitters literally enable the brain to function.
Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings. But behind this mask of ultra- confidence lies a fragile self-esteem , vulnerable to the slightest criticism. Here are ten telltale signs, with excerpts from my book click on title: While most of us are guilty of some of the following behaviors at one time or another, a pathological narcissist tends to dwell habitually in several of the following personas, while remaining largely unaware of or unconcerned with how her or his actions affect others.
The passage of time seems to help the disorder greatly.
You like him, you like his friends, you like his moves in the bedroom. You wonder if he could be husband material. Then he sits you down and tells you that he has bipolar disorder. You find yourself unsure about whether or not your courtship should continue. Chances are, we either know how to handle it, or we are working on it. We Are Going To Need To Talk About Our Feelings People with mood disorders — bipolar, depression, borderline personality, anxiety and others — have learned that holding in our feelings is bad.
It makes us feel very intense negative feelings, and they are usually about ourselves. Moreover, when we feel bad, we have bad thoughts and might want to do bad things, like polish off a whole bottle of liquor, call up our ex, or get behind the wheel while in an agitated state. To ensure that we do not end up drunk dialing someone, or worse, we have to make sure our feelings do not get the best of us. So we have to talk.
We need less sleep. We are more social, in an erratic sort of way. A depressive episode, on the other hand, feels like walking through peanut butter.
Relationships require work, compromise, communication, empathy, and understanding. While the beginnings of a relationship with someone who has Borderline Personality Disorder might take you to the greatest euphoric heights imaginable, it can also take you to the lowest lows. Knowing what to look for can help you to better maintain a relationship with someone with BPD. The Vulnerable Seducer Phase: The person with BPD can make you feel loved, needed, wanted, and elated because they want your attention, but also want to make you the center of their world.
As the person with Borderline Personality Disorder becomes more attached to you, you will notice changes over time.
During an episode, the normal self is temporarily replaced by someone who is convinced they are special and superior.
October 1, , But those who have the illness, or love someone who does, know it is depression that most disrupts and devastates lives—and dominates the course of the illness. One reason depression is more debilitating than mania is that it lasts longer; another is that it occurs more frequently: According to a study by Lewis L. Judd and colleagues at the University of California at San Diego published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, people with bipolar I experience depression three times as often as mania.
Bipolar depression is also difficult to diagnose, and therefore to treat. Some studies suggest that as many as 50 percent of those with bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed with unipolar depression, according to Michael E. Thase, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and author of several books on bipolar, depression and related topics. Rather, a bipolar diagnosis is made based upon whether the person has experienced mania or hypomania.
But that would be good for everyone involved, and BPD is the epitome of evil. This article is a decent introduction to BPD women, but it only scratches the surface. Sure there are minor outbursts and warning signs at the outset, I really was ignorant, but also largely ignored a lot of red flags which I now really regret. Any how to make a long story short, I was blinded by the pussy, sex with a a BPD a really hot BPD is like fucking crack, you become addicted to that shit.
On top of that, this girl was so over the top with telling me she loved me, I was her soul mate, she wanted to marry me, etc.
The only way to manage this illness in my opinion is through symptom recognition and management.
As per Ann she was given no choice regarding her desire to seek or secure therapy. Although, Ann recognizes and accepts she had failed to answer some of the key questions addressed to her during the meeting, she maintained the meeting was a success overall. Upon further work with Ann she disclosed she had been raised in foster care for most of her life.
However, once she aged out of care she no longer maintained her therapeutic appointments, nor did she feel the need to continue taking the medications prescribed. Ann was not able to remember the name of the medications being prescribed or clinical diagnosis. Treatment Effective treatment for bipolar disorder can make a significant impact in the lives of people with the disorder. Appropriate treatment of bipolar disorder can help those struggling with the disorder gain better control of their mood swings and other bipolar symptoms.
An effective treatment plan usually includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
These obsessive bipolar thoughts may be a repeating song from the radio, scenarios such as a suicide scene or a replaying of events often negative ones , but obsessive thoughts seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Note that research bears this out indicating that people with bipolar disorder have higher rates of obsessive-compulsive disorder than the average population. Extreme Bipolar Thoughts It seems to me that simply by the virtue of extreme emotional experience, people with bipolar disorder think in the extreme quite frequently.
Everything feels like the end of the world catastrophizing. And, of course, there are all the thoughts that go along with these things.
Getting anywhere close to being obliged to confront the darkness at their innermost core can be very scary, for in reality their emotional resources are woefully underdeveloped.
I have approached this from a females perspective, as that is what I am and what I have been dealing with in my husband. Second, they are masters at appearing normal to the therapist. Often, if a couple is in therapy, the narcissist can put on such a great show that their partner ends up looking like they are the problem, and the therapist, if not knowledgeable about narcissism, will not see the real issue.
Compounding the problem is the fact that the diagnostic definition of Narcissism is fairly subjective. And for victims of a narcissist, who have been brainwashed into thinking their relationship is fine and THEY are the problem, they may not be able to see their partners behaviors clearly identified in the following definition. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance e.
Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. Has a sense of entitlement i. Is interpersonally exploitative i. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
Here are the signs of an angry and irritated downswing. People with bipolar tend to experience both, but rarely get help for the second type as helping someone in this kind of a depression is like talking with a really angry snake. Are you ready to explore your own depression or the depression of someone you care about who has bipolar disorder?
Ten Signs of Bipolar Depression Pissed off at everyone and everything. Kittens and puppies make you mad.
Remember that self-care needs to be a priority.
You might also like these other newsletters: Please enter a valid email address Sign up Oops! Please enter a valid email address Oops! Please select a newsletter We respect your privacy. The mood swings can make your days together sometimes exhilarating and other times frustrating. Yet you and your bipolar spouse can beat the dire statistics that predict the end of many of these marital unions. Almost halfway through their marriage, he was hospitalized at age 42 and received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
The diagnosis was not surprising due to a strong family history — but it helped to clarify the situation, says Mary, age It is a roller coaster. Mary says she knows the statistics showing higher rates of divorce and abuse in marriages that include one spouse with bipolar disorder. After so many years of marriage and successfully raising a daughter together, she has developed a philosophical and compassionate view of her husband and her relationship.
Coping with Bipolar Spouse Mood Swings Here are some tips for surviving and thriving in your relationship: