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Patty Duke was the first major celebrity to talk openly about her manic depression/bipolar disorder, and how finally getting a diagnosis and treatment for it saved her life.
We all are indebted to Patty Duke for her work in making bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses something that not only could be talked about, but be talked about.
BIPOLAR & HYPERSENSITIVITY Hypersensitivity to cues in the environment—clutter, annoying noises, even the wrong kind of fabric--can trigger or be part of a mood episode.
In popular culture, people may say someone is “bipolar” if s/he demonstrates any sort of mood swings, but the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder is far more rigorous.Everybody knows someone with bipolar disorder, whether it's a family member, coworker or friends, but they might not recognize the warning signs of the condition.Bipolar disorder is very treatable and people with it can have successful careers, happy families and fantastic relationships, but it can worsen if it's not treated.Caring for someone with bipolar disorder can be very hard, whether you’re a partner, parent, child, or friend of someone who has this condition. But their behavior may affect you, and you have to take care of yourself and your needs, not just theirs. Don’t dismiss all of their emotions and feelings as signs of their illness. Some research shows that it’s helpful to have a regular routine. You want to be supportive and empathetic, because you know the person with bipolar disorder isn’t to blame for their illness. Don't assume that you know what he or she is going through. Because bipolar disorder is an unpredictable illness, you should plan for bad times. Agree with your loved one about what to do if their symptoms get worse. If you both know what to do and what to expect of each other, you'll feel more confident about the future. If you live with someone who has bipolar disorder, encourage them to stick to a schedule for sleep and other daily activities.