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Bipolar Disorder and Social Media

Posted on: October 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Bipolar Disorder and Social Media

Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are a place where your family members, high school friends and new coworkers dump their vacation photos, celebrations, political rants, and for some a way broadcast their times of crisis. We’ve all came across an alarming Instagram post or Facebook status update that made us stop and wonder, “are they alright?”.

In an article in the New York Times, titled “Social Mania” the author details his brother, who is diagnosed bipolar disorder, and his relationship with social media. The author details his online behavior, “His episodes were unpredictable in every way except for how predictably they manifested on Facebook: Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., he’d push out dozens of posts per hour, his Facebook timeline became his manic stream of consciousness, and my personal barometer for his illness”. As a vast amount of the population use social media on a daily basis, the question is, does social media help or harm users with diagnosed mental illness?

Mental health and social media have a complex relationship. While some have found support and a sense of community within social media, others believe the very nature of social media can exacerbate their mental health. As so many users share mostly the good, many can’t help but compare their own lives and ultimately feel inadequate. Studies show that the more time people spend on Facebook, the more they felt “depression and demoralization”. How they perceive others in turns skews how they perceive themselves, and an irrational sense of self often develops.

For bipolar disorder specifically, social media can become a playground for their mania. Things like dating apps, gambling app and even Instagram shopping features are almost made to incite those with strong impulsive behaviors. The amount of time spent on social media can cater to those with addictive inclinations. For those undergoing a major depressive episode social media can make them feel increasingly more isolated.

One study from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan reported they have developed a way to identify the early signs of bipolar disorder via Twitter. By studying the time of a tweet, the frequency of posting and the language used, researchers then developed an algorithm to use patterns and distinguish between people with and without early signs of bipolar disorder. Although Facebook and Twitter can be the most telling in terms of recognizing mental health concerns, Instagram has been rated the worst in terms of negative effect on mental health.

For some, banning social media entirely from their lives may be a more extreme approach. However, it is important to be conscious of their mental state after using social media. If they feel social media has become overwhelming or worsening their symptoms they may consider taking a break. Instead of looking for online connection, those may find it more fulfilling to connect with family members, old friends or other people offline. The benefits of physical exercise is a highly recommended activity to help alleviate bipolar disorder symptoms and a healthier way to pass time and make friends.

 

References:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/well/family/bipolar-disorder-social-media.html

https://www.bphope.com/social-media-bipolar-trigger/

https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/real-life/instagram-worst-mental-health-2/

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609900/your-tweets-could-show-if-you-need-help-for-bipolar-disorder/

The Differences Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder

Posted on: August 21st, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Bipolar Disorder and Social Media

 

Mental illnesses can be complex and difficult to diagnose, especially when they share similar symptoms to other illnesses. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are often confused because they have some similar clinical features. The two illnesses also frequently co-occur which can make it even more challenging to get an accurate diagnosis.

 

Borderline personality disorder or BPD is characterized by impulsivity, unstable relationships, cognitive problems and affective disturbance. People with bipolar disorder can also be impulsive and show psychotic symptoms as well as mood disturbances. The two problems are related and often misdiagnosed as psychiatrists may mistake one for the other.

 

One of the major differences between BPD and bipolar disorder is the length of time in which mood changes occur. Mood swings can be short lived for people with BPD, often lasting only a few hours at a time and they are normally in reaction to an environmental stressor. Someone with bipolar disorder on the other hand will experience mood disturbances that last weeks or even months and the moods will occur out of the blue.

 

People with BPD also tend to have more feelings of worthlessness and fears of abandonment that may be less common in bipolar disorder. People who are bipolar can often have an inflated sense of self-esteem due to their manic episodes which make them elated and grandiose. People with BPD also see their problems with relationships as the source of their suffering while those with bipolar disorder will see them as a consequence of their behavior.

 

Both disorders can lead the individual to consider and often attempt suicide or self-harm. It is important for a person to take time to get an accurate diagnosis so that they can get proper treatment for either their borderline personality disorder symptoms or their bipolar disorder.

 

References

https://www.womenshealth.gov/mental-health/mental-health-conditions/borderline-personality-disorder

Recognizing Different Types of Depression

Posted on: June 12th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

Recognizing Different Types of Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. and people tend to think of it as one general problem. However, depression can come in many forms and it affects people in different ways depending on their individual experiences and their specific diagnosis. Symptoms of depression can vary greatly and people who have gone through certain types of trauma may have their own form of depression.

The most general type of depression that people are familiar with is major depression which is diagnosed when someone has had depression symptoms for more than six months. People with this form of depression are not experiencing symptoms in relation to specific conditions but are struggling with long term feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Major depression may occur in just one episode or it can return several times during the person’s lifetime.

Another form of depression that is less severe is known as dysthymia which is a low intensity mood disorder. Symptoms may be similar to major depression but are less intense and will often last much longer. People with this disorder may not be completely disabled by their illness but they may still have problems functioning or feeling good.

Depression can also arise under specific circumstances such as in conditions like postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder. Women with postpartum depression experience their symptoms for a period of time after giving birth. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs only in certain seasons, usually during winter.

Depression is also associated with other mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder which can include major bouts of depression as part of their different episodes. It is important for people with depression to get an accurate diagnosis so that they know which kind of depression they are dealing with and can get appropriate treatment.

Schizophrenia and Bipolar Similar Diagnosis, Different Treatment

Posted on: March 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments


Schizophrenia and Bipolar Similar Diagnosis, Different Treatment

More complex mental health disorders can be difficult to identify and diagnose because they may share many symptoms with other issues. People with schizophrenia are often misdiagnosed as bipolar and vice versa because the two problems both affect how the person thinks and acts. Both issues can make it challenging to think clearly and make it through everyday activities.

Even though it is hard for psychologists to recognize these two mental disorders accurately, they are two very different problems. People with bipolar disorder have extreme mood swings that can make them act erratically either in severe depression or heightened mania. Someone with schizophrenia might struggle with hallucinations and delusions that interfere with their daily functioning.

Both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder require lifelong treatment even if symptoms improve over time. Each mental illness requires specific medications to help stabilize the patient and treat their particular brain chemistry. People with bipolar disorder may need a combination of antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotics while those with schizophrenia require mainly antipsychotic medication.

Both issues will require support from a therapist and sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy that will allow them to address their emotional issues. People with schizophrenia may need help from a therapist to identify their confused thoughts and help them think more clearly about reality. Someone with bipolar disorder will need to learn strategies to help cope with both their depressive and manic symptoms when they are triggered.

It is crucial to get an accurate diagnosis for either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder to make sure that you are getting the right treatment. Once a psychiatrist understand what is causing your symptoms they will be able to treat it more effectively through the right kind of medication and therapy methods. If you have symptoms of either disorder find a professional treatment center where you can get a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Adrenaline and Bipolar Disorder

Posted on: December 17th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Adrenaline and Bipolar Disorder

People who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience two very distinct conditions for certain periods of time. The mania and depression that accompany bipolar disorder can lead to physical and mental changes that are difficult for the person to control. During the manic phase, people with bipolar disorder can have hormonal changes and a type of adrenaline rush that causes them to behave erratically.

In a period of mania, the individual will feel excited and optimistic with more energy than usual. The adrenaline that they experience during the manic phase can cause them to talk rapidly, find it difficult to focus and control themselves. They may begin to engage in risk taking behavior and act impulsively going on shopping sprees or putting themselves in dangerous situations.

After going through the constant adrenaline rush of mania, someone with bipolar disorder will eventually start to enter a period of depression. A sudden withdrawal of stress hormones and the loss of adrenaline causes the individual to crash and become more lethargic, depressed and hopeless. During the depression phase, people with bipolar disorder may sleep more and have trouble accomplishing tasks or even getting out of bed in some cases.

Phasing in and out of mania and depression can take its toll on a person’s health as they go through different stress and adrenaline levels that affect them physically and mentally. Medication for bipolar disorder can help reduce some of the symptoms of mania and depression so that they don’t interfere with the individual’s life. Cognitive behavioral therapy can also have a positive impact on stabilizing the person’s mood and helping them cope with triggers that could cause an episode.

With treatment, eventually bipolar disorder will cause less extreme mood swings and they can minimize the adrenaline rush of mania followed by the crash of depression.