What is Bipolar Disorder? – Manic, psychosis, treatment and therapy psychology with Kati Morton

What is Bipolar Disorder? – Manic, psychosis, treatment and therapy psychology with Kati Morton

Hey, everyone! This week’s topic has come to me through popular demand. It’s Bipolar Disorder. What is it and what do we do if we have it? So stay tuned! So like I said, this week’s topic is Bipolar Disorder. I’ve heard from many of you that you’ve either gotten the diagnosis of this from your physician or your therapist or you know someone who has and you have a lot of questions about it. The first thing that I want to do is I want to explain the differences between Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, Dysthymia, Cyclothymia. I know it sounds like I’m speaking another language, but I promise I’m not. But I think the best way to describe this is kind of like a teacher would do it, so I’m going to take it to my whiteboard and kind of let you see the differences between each and how you can meet criteria for one and not another, and how we as clinicians differentiate those. I think this will really make it clear and then we’ll talk a little bit about treatment options once we know. Okay? I think the easiest way for us to notice the differences with Bipolar Disorder is if I kind of draw it out. And this was easiest way for me to learn it when I was in school, so just bear with me and I hope this helps. And as always, leave comments below. Let me know if you kind of like this style. Give it a “thumbs up” and we’ll just take it from there. So the line I’m going to draw right now is kind of like a “normal”. And they always say this is like a baseline, kind of like if on an average day I feel pretty “normal”, I’m hanging in here. Right? Then up here we’re going to draw Mania. As many of you who’ve just watched my “Draw My Life” video, you know I’m not an artist, so bear with me. So Mania, which many of us have heard about, is kind of an elevated state. We will feel very good about ourselves. We’ll feel often, and this is just sidebar, often we won’t want to see anybody when we feel like this. ‘Cause we’ll feel so freaking good about ourselves, we don’t need to sleep. We’re getting stuff done. “I’m so amazing!” We’ll have like all these good feelings, right? And we also talk really fast and we really drive the people in our lives crazy because that’s really hard to live with if you can imagine being a person down here being around a person like this. It’s like… It’s just too much. Right? Does that make sense? And I don’t mean that in a mean way because when we feel like this we love it. But, so that’s kind of Mania. I know many of you have probably heard that term. Now down here we’re going to draw, it’s a Depressive Episode or Major Depressive Episode. It’s just really hard to write this way. Okay. “Major Depressive Episode”. So I know that I talked, I want to say it was like 3 weeks ago, about Depression. I have a video about Depression, so you might want to check that out. But I will also come back to that talking about Major Depressive Disorder in a way like this at a later video, so stay tuned. So make sure you subscribe to my channel, so you’ll know. Okay. So down here… We’ve all had those Major Depressive Episodes. It’s my belief that everybody’s had a Depressive Episode in their life. And that’s when we feel really low. We don’t enjoy things. We may be really tired. We may have trouble sleeping. We may be really hungry. We may not be hungry at all. It kind of depends on how it presents for you, but the main thing is kind of just feeling really down, no enjoyment and we’re very sad. Okay? So these are kind of our, not extremes, but these are like the top and the bottom of Bipolar Disorder. Okay? I’m going to change colors. So when we talk about Bipolar I, okay? So we start out here and we’re like: “Doo, dee, doo, doo, doo…” Right? We kind of go in between. It doesn’t matter we hit a Depressive Episode. All that matters is that we touch here (Mania) and we have at least 1 Manic Episode. Okay? So we at least experience Mania once. That is Bipolar I. So this (Red) is Bipolar I Disorder. I know that “O” looks like a blob, but you know what I’m talking about. Okay. So all that matters is that we hit Mania at least once. Now, Bipolar II Disorder, we’re going to go green for this one. It’s like Christmas on here. Okay. So we start out: “Doo, doo, doo//…” So Bipolar II, the difference between Bipolar I is we don’t hit Mania because if we hit Mania we would be Bipolar I. But we have to have at least 1 Major Depressive Episode, just 1. So this is Bipolar II. Now, I know for many of you when you hear you’re diagnosed they don’t really explain to you the difference. So that’s kind of how they differentiate. It’s all about the Mania. If you’ve had Mania, you’re Bipolar I. If you haven’t, here is kind of a Hypomania, they call it where you feel a little bit happy and excited, but not quite as good as a Mania experience. Okay? So that’s the difference. We have those 2. Now I’m going to throw you a curve ball. I’m going to give you this one. So this is blue. I know it’s kind of getting a little crazy, but I’ll start it in here. Okay. Now, you would say, you’d think: “Well, then they don’t have Bipolar Disorder because they don’t meet Mania and they don’t have a Depressive Episode”. And you are right. This is not Bipolar Disorder. They call this Cyclothymia. Now, I’m probably going to spell this wrong, but if I remembered it correctly… So Cyclothymia is when we cycle between Hypomania and kind of like Dysthymia. And now Dysthymia, which I’ll just write up here ’cause I’m not going to… It’s a low-grade Depression. So it’d kind of be like if we just kind of hung in here. That would be kind of what Dysthymia is. Are we following? So just to give you a little debrief of all the chaos. If we hit Mania, we’re Bipolar I. If we don’t hit Mania and we have a Depressive Episode, we’re Bipolar II. If we kind of cycle in between it’s called Cyclothymia. And then if we only have a low-grade depression that kind of goes on for like years of our lives, they call that Dysthymia. I know that people throw around those terms a lot and it can be really frustrating as a person getting the diagnosis. ‘Cause we’re like: “Well, what the heck does that mean?” And we don’t always get a lot of time with our psychiatrists or our psychologists. We may have to wait months to see them. I know in other countries, many of you tell me you don’t get to see people very often and it can be really confusing. So that kind of gives you a rough idea of what we’re looking at and how we differentiate between the different types of diagnoses or if we’re just depressed, if we have Major Depression. It kind of gives you… I think that’s why I like this; because it gives you a scale. Okay. So we have this diagnosis. Well, now what do we do? The best thing, if we have Bipolar Disorder, is honestly to see a psychiatrist or your GP or PCP, whoever your primary care doctor is or a psychiatrist and get on medication. And I know many of you are like: “Kati, I don’t want to be on medication. I want to do this holistically”. But in my experience, bipolar people can be very high-functioning. It doesn’t affect us. People have this “stigma” about it. And that’s what I’m here to do, right? We’re breaking through the stigma of mental health issues. Bipolar Disorder; a lot of people are great artists. They run companies. They’re very successful. We function at a really high level when we have Bipolar Disorder as long as we keep it under control. Yeah, we feel great! Ooh! We’re manic! Yay! No! Because it really is hard for the people around us and it can actually lead us to make really poor decisions. One of the symptoms of Mania is lacking clear decision-making skills. People will go out and spend thousands of dollars or we may quit our jobs because we believe we’re so much better. And yeah, we might be, but we want to be able to make clear decisions. The best thing to do to stop us from either being so depressed we can’t get out of bed and go to work or not going… You know? We want to keep us in this normal range and the best way to do that is to get on medication. That would be my first recommendation. Please see your doctor. Please get a proper diagnosis. Make sure they clearly figured out which you have, what you’re struggling with and that they will give you the medication that you need to get back to a normal baseline for you. The second thing is to find a therapist like me, someone who you can talk to and you can work through this as you try to figure out: “When do I feel like I’m kind of getting manic?” “Or when do I feel like I’m sinking into depression?” Right? We kind of need to have an awareness, so that we know to go to our doctor and say: “Hey, I’m having these breakthrough symptoms. I’m feeling a little bit more manic than I was or I’m feeling a little more depressed”. We need to have that awareness. Right? And I know it’s really hard to know all that and keep all this going, but it can really help to have someone on your side that you can talk to. You can figure it out and they can work with you, so that you, you know, have Bipolar Disorder, but it doesn’t define who you are. You’re doing a bunch of other things. Right? And we’re living our life. And I hope that this really helps explain Bipolar Disorder and differentiates it from the others because I know it can be really confusing. And leave your feedback below. If any of you suffer from Bipolar Disorder or know someone who does, let us know what’s helped. I mean, if you have something, a tool that’s really helped you or a way that you noticed when you’re going into a different episode let us know. Right? We learn from one another. That’s what makes our community so great. And stay tuned. I’ll be doing more videos like this. I know that a lot of you like these kind of DSM-driven, you know, differential diagnosis kind of videos. I’ll keep putting them out, so don’t forget to subscribe and give it a “thumbs up” if you like it. We’ll keep working together towards a Healthy Mind and a Healthy Body. Oh, my foot’s asleep! Oh. Ah. (Sean: Okay.) Okay. (Sean: That was really good.) It’s the best way to describe it, so… Otherwise it gets confusing. It’s just so much stuff, you know? It’s like: “Aaaagh”. Okay. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

100 Replies to “What is Bipolar Disorder? – Manic, psychosis, treatment and therapy psychology with Kati Morton”

  1. I have been diagnosed with biploar since i was 24 im 27 now but now im unsure which type i am because i thought the types relied on certain emotions. Including angry. So i think im type one like my father. Who's been diagnosed for years previously to me. I know my triggers are comjn gv as i feel like a kettle boiling and about to explode so i take a step back when i can. Not always the case but i try. And ive been on the drug lamotrigine since being diagnosed

  2. I’m so scared to mention to anyone I think I might be bipolar because I feel like they’ll just think I’m attention seeking or self diagnosing but I’m just so confused and want help. I’m 16 and have been dealing with what feels like extremely heightened emotions forever lmao and when I was younger like 12-13 I’d stay up for days and weeks without sleep and now there’s nights where I know I could go without sleeping for hours and hours and hours if I wanted and I’ll have random outbursts of me crying and just feeling like broken hearted and hopeless and as of today I haven’t gone to my classes in 3 weeks I’ve been in my room the whole time except for a few times I was pushed to get out of the house. idk what to do at this point cause I could just be a depressed teen with hormones or my instinct is right and my connections I’m making are right cause my mom is also bipolar so it’d make sense.

  3. My terapeust she think I have bipolar 1 .im scare so much . I live on Holland but Im from Poland. People start saying im crazy. I schould try not care is only in my head bla bla bla. Im so tired with all this simptons.i cant work whem I feel.so low and i work 100x more when i feel high. Is not normal. I dont wanna live anymore. No one understand me. I stop fighting i just have inaf.

  4. Thank you for this. Five years into therapy nobody ever explained the nuts and bolts of it to me

  5. Hi Kati! Great videos. Could you do a video about Bipolar Disorder and genetics. Can my kids inherit my Bipolar Disorder, what are the chanches and at what age can you diagnose it? I'm afraid one of my sons got it.

  6. we need sooo many more therapists like you!!!!! 🙂 srsly!!!! I am binge watching your vids now bc 'm a new subbie. I love learning more about human minds and psychology. I had an x who had bipolar disorder. I was seeing if he also had psychosis which made him act completley opposite of who he was like every 2 weeks. one side was romantic as hell swept me off my feet. another side..he acted like a demon, however, I don't think he ever took meds for this. it was awful and the breakup is a brutal and very sad story. Great person, iill always miss him, but I couldn't change him and I didn't want to, I just couldn't give him the help he needed….and I am lucky to be alive today bc of how much i went through and how I had to get away. I was literally in love with 2 diff people, but only seen the amazing side of him that felt like my soulmate, the other i was scared to death of. I loved him, so I had to learn the hard way. He said he had bipolar 2, and that the meds made him a zombie…his mom had it as well, not sure 1 or 2… she said his came every 2 weeks or so. Wish he could've found a therapist like you.

  7. I’ve had a major depression episode and also once I had (probably) a manic episode but that was because I was on anti-depressant medication and the dose was probably too high because when we lowered it, it stopped. My psychiatrist told me it’s not supposed to make me manic though, even if the dose is a bit too high.
    I was diagnosed with dysthymia too..

    So what I’m wondering, would this be considered Bipolar || or cyclothymia ? Or none of them?
    I don’t have diagnosis of bipolar, but we didn’t exclude the possibility. It’s just hard to tell because I’m 17

  8. In addition to medication for those of us with bipolar disorder, it is crucial to manage/prevent our symptoms every day. Learn what behaviors/thoughts occur when you're manic or hypomanic (list them!) and what symptoms present themselves when you're depressed (write them down). I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a long time ago (but after being misdiagnosed with major depressive disorder). I've read extensively about bipolar disorder, but the one resource I always refer to is Julie Fast's book, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder. She has bipolar and that experience gives her writing tremendous insight. I also jot down a few sentences daily in a small, thin planner to help me keep track of my moods. Helping to find connections between our environment and how we're feeling can lead to becoming more stable. It's a great life out there but with us, finding the joy can take a bit more work. It's worth it!

  9. Why does my bipolar partner, who i see about 4-6 times a month, say things like …..

    I feel like murdering the cat's ?
    I'm cheating on you all the time ?
    I feel like ripping your head or penis off, if you were to come around my place ?
    She wont take medication as she hates the side effects.
    I get very little from the relationship but i do love her & a lot of things about her though. Its very sad and depressing for me. I am very lonely too here in the UK because I only see her approx 4-6 times a month and sometimes she verbally attacks myself when she eventually do wait and see her. But I love her , so I do wait for her.

  10. Hi Katie what's it if you have mostly dysthymia and occasional hypomania? Like get hypomania once a week say! 🙂

  11. How would you know if you are experiencing a mania or hypomania? Im searching how to differentiate the difference in feeling of its intensity.

  12. Reversing bipolar Facebook ..Depression Is Not a Serotonin Deficiency,
    Thanks to direct-to-consumer advertising and complicit FDA endorsement of evidence-less claims, the public has been sold an insultingly oversimplified tale about the underlying driver of depression. Here's how we know depression is not a serotonin deficiency corrected by Zoloft:

    What Is It Then? Inflammation!
    Inflammation is a buzzword, and a 41 million+ Google hit for a reason: It appears to underlie just about every chronic disease plaguing Americans today. A contribution of genetic vulnerabilities likely determines who develops heart disease or cancer or obsessive compulsive disorder, but many researchers are convinced that depression may have a significant inflammatory component. Just as a fever is one of your immune system's mechanism for eradicating intruders, suppressing a fever, in no way, serves to resolve the underlying infection or to support the body's return to balance. Similarly, suppressing symptoms of depression does not achieve rebalancing, and will likely result in the Whack-a-Mole phenomenon of shifting symptoms, and protracted resolution.
    There appears to be a specific subset of non-responders to medication who have measurable markers of inflammation as explored in this study. We know that medications such as interferon given to patients with Hepatitis result in significant levels of depression and even suicide, and we know that anti-inflammatory agents such as infliximab or even aspirin can result in resolution of symptoms. Investigators like Miller and Raison have discussed, in a series of wonderful papers, the conceptualization of depression as "sickness behavior" with accompanying social withdrawal, fatigue, loss of appetite, decreased mobility. Recent meta-analyses have identified at least 24 studies that have correlated levels of inflammatory cytokines like CRP, IL6, and TNFalpha with states of depression.
    What Drives Inflammation?
    What causes inflammation in the body that can affect the brain? This is the subject of an excellent book and it turns out the list is long, but these are the contributors that I see most commonly in my practice:
    It's in almost every packaged food. Seriously. Look for it and you will find it. It may come with different labels — cane sugar, crystalline fructose, high fructose corn syrup — but it's all sugar. The way the body handles fructose and glucose is different, however, which may account for why fructose is seven times more likely to result in glycation end products or sticky protein clumps that cause inflammation. In addition to the above mood and anxiety roller coaster, sugar causes changes in our cell membranes, in our arteries, our immune systems, our hormones, and our gut, as I discuss here.
    Food Intolerances
    Gluten, soy, and corn have been identified as allergenic foods and a leading speculation as to how these foods became and are becoming more allergenic is the nature of their processing, hybridization, and genetic modification rendering them unrecognizable to our immune systems and vehicles of unwelcome information. Gluten (and processed dairy), when incompletely digested, result in peptides that, once through the gut barrier, can stimulate the brain and immune system in inflammatory ways.
    The epidemic incidence of autoimmune disorders in this country is a direct reflection of environmental assault on our system. The body's ability to determine self from other starts with the gut and our host defenses there. Unfortunately, it doesn't end there, because autoimmune disorders typically have psychiatric manifestations. This makes sense — the body's immune system is misfiring, and the immune cells of the brain (called microglia) are following suit. Beyond rampant inflammation, autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis (more here) also result in symptoms related to damage to tissues. Low or erratic thyroid function can cause anxiety, depression, flattened mood, cloudy thinking, metabolism changes, and fatigue. Sometimes even the presence of immune system misfiring can predict depression as was noted in this recent study where women with thyroid autoantibodies in pregnancy went on to develop postpartum depression.
    Before You See a Psychiatrist
    Do a 30-day diet overhaul. If you feel committed to the cure, eliminate these provocative foods: corn, soy, legumes, dairy, grains. What do you eat? You'll eat pastured/organic meats, wild fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables, and nuts/seeds. If this is not revolutionary, then you may be someone for whom nightshade vegetables, nuts, or eggs are inflammatory. If that seems entirely overwhelming, then start with dairy and gluten. If that is too much, then gluten is my top pick.
    Here are some top therapeutic foods:
    Coconut Oil
    Introduce 1-2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil to give your brain an easy source of fuel that does not require significant digestion. When your brain is inflamed and your sugar is out of balance, your brain cells end up starving for nutrients to make energy. This can be an effective shortcut.
    I use this spice in therapeutic doses, but it has recently been demonstrated to be as effective as Prozac. If you cook with it, use pepper and oil (red palm, coconut, olive oil, ghee) for enhanced absorption.
    Fermented Foods
    Naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles as well as kefir and yogurt if you are dairy tolerant are a source of beneficial bacteria that can retrain the gut to protect you from unwanted pathogens. A recent study demonstrated that these bacteria can, indeed, affect brain function.
    Detox Your Environment
    Here's an important way to call off the dogs of your immune system. Give it less stimulation.
    Filter air and water
    Purchase products free of known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors such as parabens, TEA, fragrance (pthalates), sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, triclosan
    Eat organic produce, pastured meat/dairy
    Make your own cleaning products from household vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil, or purchase similarly simple products
    Avoid eating or drinking from heated plastics
    Avoid cell phone use
    Avoid processed foods and sugar, consume low-mercury fish
    Carefully consider risks and benefits of any elective medical interventions
    … Kelly Brogan MD – Holistic Psychiatrist

  13. Kati I Love your videos I feel like I’m being talked to by a teacher back in elementary and I love it! Ever since Mariah Carey came out with Bipolar 2 I connected with something she was saying and I realized I need to see a therapist. I’m really trying to go in now but your videos have made things so clear and I’m definitely subscribing! Thank you again!

  14. I’m only 12 But I always anger sad… and I never feel happy.. some days I might be in normal mood but then some how I get upset and cry or get anger and scream and when happens I don’t really know what happens in middle off the night I’ll start cry if any off you know what this is or can help me please do

  15. My mom has manic bipolar and they think I have it too, this video fit me so well when she was talking about manic bipolar. It's scary because that means I'll have been misdiagnosed for about 3 or 4 years and honestly I knew something was wrong with my diagnosis I just didn't know what it was but this video describes it perfectly.

  16. – your maby or maby or maby range rank are you play gues gaming ? Do you know pre- history of psychiatry ? Time you learn the true girl ! Called : sadist swindlers doctors+ psychiatrist = all for economic profits !

  17. Kati, I cannot believe it has taken me so long to find you. You are truly amazing. Bi-Polar 2 here and was diagnosed recently. I was so scared to take medication and needed to learn more, I did a search but I guess I must have missed you. Been up since 2am – Found your God-given gift (and hard work) shows in your talent and knowledge. WE MUST GET YOU TO ONE MILLION VIEWERS!!!!! I will begin doing my part NOW! Thanks, this is awesome!

  18. Thank you for all you do! I watched this video in the spring of 2017 when I was desperately trying to figure out why I was feeling the way I was feeling. My cousin has bipolar 1 and I could not see her symptoms in me. Your video showed me that there is another form of bipolar disorder that fit my symptoms. After watching this video I made an appointment with my GP who referred me out. I saw a therapist for months and tried alternative treatments until the winter of 2017 when I realized that it just wasn’t cutting it. I made an appointment with a psychiatrist and have been on medication since March of 2018. I strongly believe that my determination to figure things out, your video, medication and therapy have saved my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  19. Do you have a way I can get in contact with you. I think my husband is having issues. He is constantly anger and sad and lashed out at me. Also he has a big ego and thinks he is better then everyone. He stays up all night and can’t get up in the mornings for work and to help the care of the family

  20. How I not trigger someone with it? Which hot button issues should I stay away from

  21. Would love your feedback on getting a loved one to get a neuropsych to determine a diagnosis. Especially if they are always in denial bc they have zero empathy skills.

  22. What I don't understand from diagnosing is, how it's possible to come to a conclusion with just 30 minutes discussion without any lab test.

  23. Thank you so much for this. I’m 28 and finally pushed myself to be diagnosed two months ago. I’ve been taking Prozac and never felt more normal and stable in my life! I’m high functioning and in management at my job. I do agree that it makes it hard on those around us not being treated, the ups and downs can be rough on both sides

  24. I had bi-P and then it changed to bi-P 2 . I used to take meds therapy worked out listened to classical music and went to the beach as often as I could. I also have a BA in psychology, and it has helped me. I an not on med and stopped seeing my therapist. Your videos are amazing like you.

  25. Thanks Katie. I have bipolar 1 and take meds. They help keep me in the middle(normal) it took years to get the right medicine for it but I now have meds that work!

  26. Well one of the best way is to be disciplined …do excercises regularly …eat healthy …read a lot ..jounal ur thoughts ….have someone to discuss with …someone should be ter to understand u ..try to talk urself out of it …its not a really big a problem as most ppl think it to be …keep urself under medication whenever necessary …have a good doctor to help u out …

  27. I just got diagnosed with Bipolar affective disorder. Need info on managing bipolar symptoms beyond medicine!!

  28. What would it mean if you feel like you hit all the criteria for bipolar 1, but it all happens over the course of a couple days maybe even a week as opposed to a day?

  29. Also could you talk about aging, meds and life expectancy of a bipolar. It is a very difficult diagnosis and cannot be fixed

  30. I would basically agree with this except I wouldn’t say that my manic episodes are always a “good” feeling — it usually starts that way but then after a few weeks it turns into irritability and any other intense feeling. Depression everything is drained and full, mania everything is sharp and acute

  31. Thank so much I shared this on my Facebook so maybe my friends&family can hopefully understand me better,but could you maybe help me recognize when I'm having these EP. In my self&why I can recognize them in other people &not myself?

  32. Man now you got me thinking I'm bipolar! I have a quick temper only after being pushed for 20 mins. I am trying to be happy yet know there's a sad side to me because I'm lonely. But on an every day basis I am "normal", no emotion fluctuations unless I concentrate way too much about growing old alone. Well that's just life as I see it. Just my thoughts.

  33. Hey I hope this is seen I need your advice, I have both Bipolar Disorder and PTSD, as well as OCD, I've been diagnosed for a full year and I need help communicating to my family how having these together is far more than just I have ups and downs or I'm scared for a lot of things and I like things neat it is SO MUCH MORE than that and no matter how I tell them they just don't consider it at the moment like they don't treat me any different they don't help me cope they don't change how they speak to me its stressful I feel like I'm not being considered. Anyways again I hope you see this you've been a great help!

  34. I had a friend in High School who had Bipolar. He was obsessed with the Grim Reaper. One day he'd be depressed & down, next day he'd be hanging around with friends.


    Hi guys, I definitely have type 1 or 2, but not completely sure. I want to share with everyone that the Walsh Research Institute is doing really great things with bipolar/schizophrenia. The link to the presentation is here:


    Basically this doctor has discovered parallels between people with bipolar symptoms, and how they over/under-methylate, or have heavy metal reactions, or are deficient in some different nutrients like zinc and copper. I am about to start treatment with a local doctor in my area who uses this protocol, and I am eager to see how it goes because yes, bipolar can be hell.

    ALSO, I want to put in a plug for the Ketogenic diet. The keto diet is showing very promising results against depression, and even bipolar. I myself am on the keto diet and can say the improvement in my mood is remarkable. I would highly encourage the book Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter, and highly encourage we all put down the cupcakes and the carbs. Our brains and bodies thrive on fat and the science is there.

    Hope this helps everyone =]

  36. Thanks for that Kati . I'm BP-1and its been a real rollercoaster ride. Still trying to get my meds dialed, but have helped calm me i think. I remember the manic episode what a trip – delusions of grandeur, invincible, nut and bolt renovated a car, wrote a book of ramble in technicolour, I was feeling on top of the world – kinda miss that, but it was very destructive for my family. Currently in a depressive state but slowly comming out of that with help of meds. Thanks for your clip, was helpful

  37. I like some of these old videos of yours. But you mentioned there at the end that people seem to like the information base from the DSM. I can get all the information so many different places what I'm really needing are better examples and how to understand if I'm manic or depressed or the extent of Mania or depression. If you could give more I don't know case study type information an examples that would be great. Information is good to have but sometimes causes way more confusion.

  38. I was recently diagnosed with Bipolar 2 disorder, OCD, ADHD and ADD. My Doctor also explained to me that I have profound depression. For 21 days I was booked into a mental institution where my "real"treatment started. I have been booked off for 5 months, because of my anxiety to be around other people, and my job expects me to speak to over 600 people at a time, and much more. At the moment I can't even go to the mall for long periods of time. Yesterday my day started so well, better than a normal and then at about 2pm a depressive episode hit me right in the face. I saw no hope for myself and started thinking dark thoughts again… Feelings of hurting myself or just leaving my wife and kids, because they would be better off without me… My wife asked me this question, and I would not answer… "when will these meds start to work?" I don't know… I have been taking these meds now for almost 3 months and most of the time I have this guilt feeling throughout the whole day, and I feel irritable and good for nothing… I don't even know why I am telling you all of this, maybe just to get it off my chest… and perhaps you can point me in a right direction. Thank you for your time. Loved your explanation of type 1 and type to. I understand my diagnoses better now. Thank you

  39. Why is it a disorder to have different moods over time? Isn’t it normal for people to have different emotions depending on what is going on in your life?

  40. Hi Kati, I have bipolar 1 for 5 yrs now but I kind of hard to believe 1st b/c I was dx w/ dysthymia before with severe depression major depression disorder. I am taking medications & they really help and what is funny that my psych. Would give me diff meds to try and I am on like 5 different meds. One thing makes me feel like, I don’t like my bipolar dx but I have it. I know that des not defines me who I am and I am ok.

    Ps love your videos!!

  41. hi kati, i just discovered 2 days ago that i have a bipolar 1, i am 40 now and and i can related with my past 20 years, i am a musician , i would like to share my story symptoms and also i know what tigger my brain to get into the state of mania or euphoria. yes for sure i want to heal my self as other people who feel the same.

  42. Aye another southpaw! I am BP1…. I'd say it all started (the symptoms) when I was about 6… I struggled through my childhood with it all the way into my late 20's…. It wasn't until I started taking charge of my life by going to bed at specific hours (maybe not all the time) and waking up at the same time (crucial), eating less, exercising more (I love my bike!) and not allowing myself to brood on negativity and hate (keeping an open mind and being positive about anything)… Was diagnosed as a child with ADD and ADHD which we kind of believe to be misdiagnosis but could also be a condition I have…. I really hope anyone that's struggling doesn't feel embarrassed about it…. There's nothing to be embarrassed about, you're perfect… You just need some help to get going in the right direction ?

  43. Hello there how are you? I was diagnosed with bipolar and manic depression 9 years ago or so. My problem is I can't relate to people in a so-called mainstream society and I refuse to change who I am for anybody. I don't really have any friends either at all. I see people as mean, cold, unloving and apathetic these days and it was totally different as I was growing up

  44. How do u find your baseline?
    I have Dysthymia and being checked for Bipolar 2, but I keep marking my baseline mood as neutral then I go from there….. But I'm questioning if I'm really a dot under neutral from the way Dysthemic mood and hypomania is being shown here.
    Because I never feel suuuuper happy and the dot would then be up in mania territory.
    Idk I'm confused.

  45. I have a really simple way to tell if I'm going "up" or "down" and a friend of mine found it really creative: there's a hot chocolate machine downstairs in the lobby of my apartment building. Since a machine makes it with like powder and water, I know it should always taste the same, and it's normally kind of alright hot chocolate. But if I notice I'm going kind of hypomanic, I'll try it, and it will literally taste SO good, like real hot chocolate. That's when I know to watch my decision making and kind of reign myself in. If I notice my mood is kind of negative though, I'll go try it, and if I have trouble tasting the sweetness of it, I know I'm starting to get a little depressed, and I should take any negative thoughts I'm having with a grain of salt. I hope that strategy works for someone else! When I noticed my mood shifts actually affected the way I see and smell and taste things, like the brightness of colors or the taste/smell of my food, I started using that kind of litmus test, and it's helped a lot.

  46. I was diagnosed wit bipolar and depression I be depressed a lot , my girl said people be have to walk on eggshells around me cause I flip quick I tried to commit suicide multiple time I been Gavin meds but I don’t like how they make me feel and I can’t breathe when I take them I hate this I push everybody away who loves me

  47. Okay, I realize I'm a few years late, but I have so many questions. At 13 I started having severe depression episodes. They'd last 2wks…I wouldn't eat, sleep, talk or function. When I was "normal" I was very popular and out going. By the time I was 15 the depression episodes were so bad, I was put in a mental hospital. Since my mother already had bipolar, they also diagnosed me with it. I was put on lithium and the depression episodes stopped. I finished high school without any problems. By the time I was 19 and on my own, I rejected the idea I had bipolar. I'd never had mania like my mother. So I stopped taking lithium for 3wks. and went into the worst depression episode ever. I had to get back on lithium and be in the care of my parents for a while. Then at the age of 20, I decided I wanted a child. I was told by several doctors that would be a terrible idea. I'd have to get off lithium because it wasn't safe during pregnacy. I'd been married for 2yrs and wanted a baby so bad. It was very scary, but I stopped the lithium and got pregnant. I did amazing while pregnant. After the birth of my daughter, I started back on the lithium. I did good for 2yrs other than having mild depression,aniexty and panic attacks. So,at 23 the doctors changed all my meds up and stopped the lithium. That's when the mania showed its ugly face and I knew for a fact I had bipolar. I was hospitalized 3 times for mania. I was so out of control I had to be tied to a bed, given many shots and locked in seclusion with nothing but a matress on the floor. I thought I was Jesus' daughter and the world was coming to an end.?They put me on tons of meds and I was basically sedated for a year. I counldn't care for myself must less a 2yr old toddler. That was the worst time of my life. With the help of my family and husband, we made it.❤ Life was good for 13yrs. Then someone recommended these herbal pills for my sinusitis. They were from walmart, I figured they were safe…WRONG! After a few days of taking them, I got depressed…then I wanted to kill myself…then I totally lost my mind. I don't remember much but it was the first time I saw things, heard voices and smelled horrible smells like a dead animal. I was changing into different personalities. I kept puking cause I thought spirits were coming out of me. My husband said I got violent and hit my mom, which I don't remember. Since they took me took a regular hospital, they put me to sleep and put me in ICU for several days. Crazy I know, but when I woke…I was fine. No more herbs for me. Then two years later the doctor gave me a medication for migraines,after about a week or so…I totally went insane. My husband said I was fine that night and then the next morning I was having the worst manic episode he'd ever seen. He was scared of me. I busted holes in the walls throughout our new home. Broke mirrows and furniture. I'm not even a strong person. I was hearing voices, seeing things and feeling things grab me. I was very violent…I pulled a gun and knife on my husband. He called the cops…like 5 showed up,with a fire truck and ambulance. Then after a 2hr drive to the hospital, I jump out of car into oncoming traffic. I thought my husband was trying to kill me. I run and have no clue where I am. Shortly I recall being surrounded by lots of cops and they took me to a mental hospital. Once I got out, I was fine and it was like it never happened. I don't remember most of it. That was 5 yrs ago and things have been normal. But, still to this day, my doctor claims I just have bipolar…I'm not buying it. My mom has had many manic episodes but nothing even close to mine. She's never once had delusions or hallutionations. When I'm "normal" I'm the nicest, kindest, friendliest, funniest, most loving person you could ever meet. Even my own mother doesn't believe half the things I've done while manic…?‍♀️

  48. I have bipolar disorder 2 yeah i take medication i have other mental illness. i get up and down. Depressed. One day then up the next. It gets bad

  49. I deal with a person that I think is 1 .this person goes up and down 3 to 4 times . Blizzare. The things this person will say is pure evil… Then normal then acts sleepy… How the hell do I deal with this?

  50. I had this diagnosed last year, and I had maybe 20 years, committed suicide once,
    God completely healed me and I am now free of medication

  51. New here what about being angry and irritated right when you wake up n stay that way all day till u go to bed n wake up the same….

  52. This was super helpful, I'm currently writing a paper where I have to distinguish which type of bipolar a client has and I was having SO much trouble grasping the difference between bipolar I and II. I guess I just needed to see a visual representation of it! Thanks Kati!

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