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 Help please, I don't know what to do, and I'm scared?
I've been sleepwalking and losing weight (10 pounds) Over the last two weeks. I think it might be because of one specific thing going on thats really bothering me, and I don't know what to ...

 What do you tend to do when you're the most stressed?
I go to the casino and drink.
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I only bring $20-$30 so I'm not tempted to overspend if I get a little tipsy!...

 hmm.what is this?
I probably sound like a huge baby, but I want to know what this is!

Im very close and attached to my mom.I used to sleep at peoples houses every weekend,but now I cant even go for a day. I...

 Did you ever feel like you wanted to kill yourself? But you managed to control yourself? How?
Please help i feel like geting a piece of paper and saying my final good byes :(...

 RE QUESTION Yes or No....Would you ever put either/both of your parents in a Care Centre/Nursing Home???
I noticed a lot of people answered definately NOT


what if the parent was incontinent, agressive, deranged due to altzeimer's etc.

Could you really cope with ...

 Will this sadness ever go away?
I have become extremely depressed, and before you say, I have already made an appointment to see my doctor. I just wanted to know if any one out there is also going through this illness. I feel ...

 I think my friend is cutting herself.?
Last Thursday, my friend and I noticed all kinda of scars on our other friend's wrists. We got a little worried, and asked her why they were there. At first, she said she was cutting herself. L...

 I've just been to a funeral. Can you help me with a question?
I've visited the funeral of my sisters' best friends' mother. She was only 52. Cancer. The family are devestated. How long does the whole "grieving process" take? Is there ...

 This is very personal, ashamed to share, but i am at my wits end?
My son was a good lad, he joined the army at 16, excelled, he went all over the world, doing all sorts, jumping out of planes, bull run in spain etc. I was so proud! He was posted to Iraq, excelled ...

 know one understands me my life is miserable i cant stop crying?
people say im emo i cut myself and cry alot but i cant stop i need help
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my parents don't know about it but my friends do cuz they do it too im scared to tell my ...

 POLL : Do antidepressants really help?
1. Yes, ( i took/take them)
2. Yes, ( i never took them, but i know.)
3. No, ( i took/take them)
4. No, ( i never took them, but i know.)
5. They dont help as much ...

 i'm mental help!!!!?

 Song that makes you cry?
Please post a youtube link to the saddest song (or songs) you know.

The song that makes me cry wins!
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 i cant sleep, pleaassseee help me!?
its not serious, im only 13 and normally, when i cant sleep i just go sleep with my sister or ask my mom to comelay with me. but i used tthe mommy escuse 2 nights in a row , and i dont wannna wake ...

 Im depressed and thinking about suicide becuz the best girlfriend ive ever had moved wut do i do?

 Does alcohol and sleeping pills make a good mix?
Does alcohol and sleeping pills knock you out if the sleeping pills don't work by themselves?
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What about three or four glasses of vodka or bourbon that couldn...

 Why should I not kill myself right now?
I know this is probably a stupid reason, but if we are all going to die of old age, why should I not kill myself right now?

Everyday I look in the mirror and I see myself am growing older, ...

 What causes you to panic?

 I'm having a miserable day today. What can I do to cheer myself up?

 If I kill one person I'm a murderer - However, if I kill a million I'm a conqueror, right?

Sam S
What's Bipolar Disorder?
I know it's a mental disease,but what does it do

Iced Cream
Drastic mood swings... They may be over a few minutes or a few years.

sjs <3
its when you have really bad mood swings like your happy and the next second your angry for no reason

Chariot M
emo happy emo happy emo happy

jeanette s
its sudden anger outrage and can harm others and yourself

Bipolar diesease is when you have whack emotions. For example someone died and your crying then a minute later ur laughing.

to sum it up quick...

extreme and unexpected (sometimes) mood swings that people cannot control.

Suzy with an uziâś–
mood swings i think.
but you just can't diagnose yourself, because you think you have mood swings.
ask a doctor for more information.

*I Want To Hold Your Hand*
It causes sudden changes in mood swings, such as being content one moment, then depressed or insecure the next. People diagnosed with it take medication to surpress the mood swings however.

Well, speaking from personal experience having lived with a person with it... it can be a very scary thing to experiecce.

The basics are the people with the disorder or "imbalance" vary with their thoughts and actions.

They think they are better than everyone else,no debates.

They do uncontrollable things such as sleep, eat out of control, uncontrolable shopping sprees, have this grander than everyone attitude, mood swings, some become violent, others place blame and never accept responsibility.

To go into it a bit deep on what I wrote above:

Sleeping: Because they know they did something wrong, example: going to Target for tp and coming out with $200 worth of meaningless crap. Then they (sometimes) realize that the family is financially hurting and the money would have been better spent on a past due bill and they get depressed and think if they sleep, the problem will go away.

They eat when they did something wrong as a form of depression.

They will literally try to convince you they have "friends in high places".

They think they are untouchable and everything IS going to be their way, no matter what they have to do.

I've read that most people that are bipolar also have other "disorders" like being a sociopath and depression. But with the RIGHT doctors care and medication (and without self medicating) they can be "functional" to the point of nornal, but even when/if prescribed meds there is trial and error of what works best for a person including bloodwork to check you chemical balances. This is not something that ggoes away, and can effect someone wanting to have children (females) because they can't be on any bipolar meds before, during and if breast feeding then after having a baby. But, at the same time it isn't anything that needs to be made public that the disorder was diagnosed, unless that is what that person wants. I WILL TELL YOU, it is something better to have corrected than to live with, it can get really bad.

If there is anything else more specific I can explain, just email!

Irreplacable <3
It is a mental disorder that simply causes a person to to be extremly moody. You can be happy one minute then depressed another. My friend who is bipolar is usually so depressed that she wants to kill herself sometimes.

you switch emotions like rapidly,
for example you can be happy on second and then you will start screaming the next.

Shelby J
It's like when a person can be totally calm and normal at one time, but just a little thing can make them turn in a second and the next they just totally lash out. My dad has it, it's very serious and it can get scary. :(

it might mean water or fire

chiefs fan
Basically it is when a person goes from one extreme to another. one minute they are happy the next they are depressed. If you are dating a bipolar you might want to reconsider.

it is a disease that cause people to have fast move swings, for example one moment the person will be happy and the next they will be depressed and try and do something dangerous to themself or others.

It's a disease where you have mood swings constantly.
For example:
One minute your happy, and next your crying.
but it's only bipolar disorder when you have severe mood swings alot of the time.

I have a cousin who is bipolar...and basically...she could be totally happy one second then all of a sudden be pissed off and start screaming....

idk...thats how is see it..I could be wrong
but heres something i found on a website..

So let's put it in terms everyone can understand. Bipolar disorder is an illness that affects thoughts, feelings, perceptions and behavior ... even how a person feels physically (known clinically as psychosomatic presentations). It's probably caused by electrical and chemical elements in the brain not functioning properly

Most often, a person with manic-depression experiences moods that shift from high to low and back again in varying degrees of severity. The two poles of bipolar disorder are mania and depression. This is the least complicated form of the illness.

Bipolar disorder is not a single disorder, but a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated mood, clinically referred to as mania. Individuals who experience manic episodes also commonly experience depressive episodes or symptoms, or mixed episodes in which features of both mania and depression are present at the same time. These episodes are normally separated by periods of normal mood, but in some patients, depression and mania may rapidly alternate, known as rapid cycling. Extreme manic episodes can sometimes lead to psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. The disorder has been subdivided into bipolar I, bipolar II, Bipolar NOS, and cyclothymia based on the type and severity of mood episodes experienced.

Also called bipolar affective mood disorder until recently, the current name is of fairly recent origin and refers to the cycling between high and low episodes; it has replaced the older term manic-depressive illness coined by Emil Kraepelin (1856–1926) in the late nineteenth century.[1] The new term is designed to avoid the social stigma associated with the conflation of "manic" and "depression."

And it's not a mental disease, if it was, you'd die from it. (lol)

i have bipolar disorder. basically you're really moody. and not normal person moody. without meds, people you're around a lot might think you're a little crazy. there's 2 types i think. but when im sad, im reeeeally depressed, almost suicidal, when im happy, im euphoric and hyper. my moods change quickly and randomly most of the time.

Bipolar disorder is the same a manic depression. It causes the person to have highs and lows in their moods. These can change instantly and can last for long periods of time.

"With bipolar disorder, life can be like an emotional roller coaster. One day your mood is low and you feel sad. Then your mood gets really high and you feel great. Then the sadness comes back." (Bipolar.com)

Kammy B
Bipolar is also known as manic depressive. Basically, it is extreme depression. You are very happy one day and then sad the next day, then angry the next. Your emotions do like a rollercaoster ride.

Go to:


It is a very comprehensive website that answers most of your questions about symptoms, treatment, medication options, etc.
Good luck!

Cynthia LY
The ups and downs of Bipolar:

One day you may feel so depressed that you can't get out of bed. Work may seem impossible.

On another day you may feel great and full of endless energy. You may feel like you’re getting a lot done. But other people might think that what you are doing is dangerous and out of control.

These ups and downs can be too much for a person to cope with. They can interfere with daily life. Sometimes they can even be dangerous.

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition. It can be hard for healthcare providers to diagnose. But it's nothing to be embarrassed about. Learning more about how to manage the condition can help. See the links for additional information and resources:



The following is partial list of people who are or were affected by Bipolarism: (some people aspired to great things in spite of it)

Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
Ozzy Osbourne, singer
Ted Turner, entrepreneur, media giant
Winston Churchill, British statesman
Jimmy Piersall, baseball player
Charley Pride, country music artist.
Jane Pauley, TV presenter and journalist
Sir Isaac Newton, pioneering scientist and mathematician
Ernest Hemingway, writer
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, writer
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
William Faulkner, writer.
Stephen Foster, songwriter.
Edgar Allan Poe, poet and writer
Mark Twain, author
Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor
Vincent Van Gogh, artist.
more are here:

A person with bipolar disorder passes back and forth between two "phases" - a really low "depression" phase, and a really high "manic" phase.
These stages can last months at a time, and can also switch quickly. Obvouisly neither being really depressed nor really hyper/overactive/etc. is ideal, which is why individuals with bipolar take medication - it is to give the individual as much balance between the two "phases" as possible, so they can live a "normal" life.
Hope this helped!

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive illness. It is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Bipolar disorder is not a single disorder, but a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated mood. If you have this disorder, it can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.

In any given year about 5.7 million American adults (about 2.6 percent of the population) age 18 and older have bipolar disorder.


There you go.

Joe Shmoe
There are some answers here that are wrong. Bipolar disorder does not cause a person to change from happy to sad within a "minute."
People who suffer from bipolar depression have a stage of depression and a stage of mania, and it usually changes within a few weeks, or even months.
The "one minute you're sad, and then you're happy" occurs in some people with bipolar disorder, and this is called rapid cycling.

Lastly, a person with bipolar disorder is never "happy." The happy stage of bipolar disorder is called "mania," and this is when a person engages in risky activities, such as promiscuity. Bipolar disorder is a very serious illness, and a person with it should really be treated to protect him/herself and those around him/her.

Bipolar disorder is an illness bipolar illness of severe mood swings. It is also called manic depression. If you have this bipolar illness illness, you may have periods of severe high or low moods. These periods may impact your day-to-day functioning.

The high moods are called acute mania. They can make you feel restless, grouchy, or very happy. The low moods are called depression. They can make you feel very sad.

Some people can have a mixed state. That's when you have acute mania and depression at the same time.

Both women and men get bipolar disorder in equal numbers. The disease is usually first seen in adults 18 and older.

gotta luv da Li
Wow. A lot of misinformation. Per the DSM (psychiatric diagnostic bible), periods of depression and mania have to last at least a week or longer for a bipolar diagnosis. All this happy/sad one minute to the next sounds more like puberty, or it could be a lot of stereotype posting. That type of cycling occurs in children and very young teens. It is *extremely* rare in older teens or adults.

There also are three main bipolar states - depression, mania, and mixed state (depression and mania together). Not all experience mixed states but very many do, especially as they get older.

Rapid cycling is having mood shifts more than four times a year. This is not so common. Within a day is ultrarapid cycling, and as mentioned, is very rare. What is not so rare is being overly reactive, borderline personality disorder, or borderline and bipolar together. These can explain some happy-sad minute to minute changes, but that's about reactivity or borderline, not bipolar.

Some sites
someone already gave the National Institute of Health

Btw, bipolar is experienced a little differently by everyone who has it. Each are individuals. Like any other people, some are wonderful, some you don't want to know. On the right meds, nearly all can live a normal life with nearly no one knowing they have the illness.

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