Bipolar disorder is adisorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lowsto manic highs, it is also called manic depression (Clinic Mayo, 2017). Thediagnosis criteria for Bipolar Disorder is, major mood changes, such as beingmanic to depressed. Manic is being highly energetic and depressed is when oneis in a state of general unhappiness or despondency.
Manicand depressed mood can last weeks or months. Symptoms also include difficultyfalling and staying asleep. The cause of Bipolar Disorder is unclear and thereis no cure. Treatment is available through therapy groups, a psychiatrist,medications, or even hospitalization.
Demi Lovato Opens Up Lovatohas spent a large majority of her life feeling vulnerable, sad and withdrawn, andother times highly energetic and increased participation in activities. Somedays Lovato could not find the strength to get out of bed. Demi Lovato triedself-help, by giving herself medications, but she later was admitted to atreatment facility. After being admitted to the facility Lovato opened up toher family, friends and health care team. Lovato was then diagnosed with BipolarDepression, a state when you remain depressed and lose interests in activities,a category of Bipolar Disorder. Lovato wasalso diagnosed with manic moods as well. “Getting a diagnosis was kind of a relief. Ithelped me start to make sense of the harmful things I was doing to cope withwhat I was experiencing,” (Lovato, Demi, 2013).
Lovatowould stay awake into the early hours of the next morning. Lovato admitted tohaving trouble going to sleep because she was so “keyed up” and energetic. “Ididn’t really realize I was sick,” she confessed. “I thought thatwriting seven songs in one night was normal. I thought that staying up until5:30 in the morning is normal. Last night, I stayed up until five in themorning. I just couldn’t sleep. My mind was racing and it’s an ongoing thingand I still learn how to cope with it,” (Lovato, Demi, 2016).
DemiLovato later shared with the public her diagnosis, and with words ofencouragement. “Living well with bipolar disorder is possible, but it takespatience, it takes work and it is an ongoing process. Everyone’s process andtreatment plan may be different.
I am so grateful for my life today and Iwant to protect it. It isn’t always easy to take positive steps each day, but Iknow I have to in order to stay healthy. If you are struggling today witha mental health condition, you may not be able to see it as clearly right awaybut please don’t give up – things can get better. You are worthy of moreand there are people who can help,” (Lovato, Demi, 2016) Lovato also organized,”Be Vocal,” a campaign to raise awareness about Bipolar Disorder, provide help andencouragement for people with the disorder, and to research in hopes of findinga cure for the disorder, so people can speak up and get the help they need. “Askingfor help is a sign of strength,” says Lovato. (Lovato, Demi, 2016) Lovato’s Symptoms. Aftergoing public with her diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Lovato explains hersymptoms and how she knew she had a problem. Lovato knew that it was not normalto go from wanting to stay in bed all day and be sad and unhappy to staying upall night wide open and energetic.
Lovato’ssymptoms match the criteria for bipolar disorder because under the depressioncategory the symptoms are: depressed almost every day, loss of interest inactivities, sleeping to much, appetite loss, feeling worthless, and under themanic category the symptoms are: increased goal directed activity, unable tofall asleep, and excessive involvement in activities. Demi Lovato matches thedepressed category because she stated that she had days where she could not getout of bed and did not want to be a part of anything, that goes back to loss ofinterest. Lovato matches the manic symptoms because she would stay up all nightwriting songs and had trouble “powering down,” so she could go to sleep. Thefact that she stayed up all night writing songs is that she had increased goalactivity, she just had to get done writing her song, and she sometimes wouldwrite up to seven songs a night!