The Complexities of Living with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health illness disorder which is summarized by extreme positive highs and extreme lows with mood swings, declined and deprived alterations in regular sleep patterns and a reduction of energy, whereas Bipolar disorder is also synonymous with careless decision making and erratic behavior.

Episodes of mania and depression for individuals diagnosed with Bipolar disorder can often last for several weeks or even months and can often highly conflict with Bipolar disorder sufferers daily lives and those around them, which can lead to the Bipolar disorder sufferer experiencing irritability, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, deep guilt and despair, self-doubt, grandeur and delusion, a loss of appetite, questionable decision making which is out of character, waking up early and even suicidal thoughts.

During the circumstances of mania, Bipolar disorder sufferers very often feel invincible and on top of the world with unprecedented hyper-focus. In addition, great happiness and elatedness is prevalent with noted signs of talking very quickly, feeling self-important, whilst also having a flurry of creative and business ideas as well as important plans. However, with the unmatched hyper-focus and unique creative ideas holds a downside of not eating correctly, holding illogical thinking and talking very quickly.

Bipolar disorder sufferers often have more episodes of depression opposed to mania or vice versa depending on the individual.  Between episodes of mania and depression, Bipolar disorder sufferers have periods where there is normalcy in mood. There can indeed be times where Bipolar disorder sufferers behavioral patterns may become very inconsistent and a cause for concern due to rapid cycling of the swings between mania and depression.

Moreover, Bipolar disorder sufferers can also experience both mania and depression simultaneously, which is classified as a mixed state. During this particular mixed state, Bipolar disorder sufferers may very well be unaware of the manic phase and may become very regretful and unaware of the consequences thereafter saying or doing something unsavory which was deemed justifiable on their part during the mixed state episode; Bipolar disorder sufferers during their unquestionable actions may believe they are justified due to others being either unhelpful or negative.

These troubling episodes of mania and depression differentiates with each Bipolar disorder sufferer and can often intervene with a Bipolar disorder sufferers daily livelihood, such as consistently remaining in sustainable employment as well as sustaining solid relationships; at worst there can be suicidal thoughts and even make the individual diagnosed with Bipolar disorder feel very lonely.

Delusion and narcissism often applies with Bipolar disorder sufferers and individuals may experience unusual sensations such as envisioning, seeing and hearing things in their mind which may be untrue. Furthermore, those diagnosed with Bipolar disorder may also believe things that seem irrational to others, which is summarized as delusion. These thoughts are known as psychosis or a psychotic episode.

Bipolar disorder affects 12.6 million individuals in the United States and an estimated 29 million individuals worldwide and has become a relatively complexed disorder for comprehension for those on the outside looking in.

Dean Perretta is a 2x SEA Award-winning creative who currently contributes to FOX Sports 96.9 FM/1340 AM in Washington, D.C. and 3x Award-winning and Future 100 In-Spire LS Magazine. Perretta’s work has been published in reputable publications in print newsstands and online in the United States, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom and has interviewed a plethora of trailblazing and influential stars in the fields of professional sports, entertainment, music, politics, literature, film, philanthropy, lifestyle and business; Perretta is a one-time AAU basketball reporter  who has also covered the acclaimed NBA Footlocker 3x World Tour (interviewing NBA San Antonio Spurs star Rudy Gay and Canada international/NBA player Joel Anthony) as well as live entertainment events for “Furious 7” Hollywood actor/Multi-platinum selling hip-hop superstar Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and various marquee UK music events (Musicalize) to name a few; Perretta was invited to the world class Gracie Jiu-Jitsu seminar in May 2017 hosted by Bellator MMA Brand Ambassador, Gracie Jiu-Jiu Jitsu Pioneer, Brazilian national treasure/hero and UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie and has a global reach outside of the United States into desirable markets such as Asia.

Dean Perretta has collaborated with a multitude of globally reputable blue chip corporate businesses such as UFC, Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, English Premier League team West Ham United, coupled alongside appearing on ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, VAVEL, OWWR (New York), PWE (Chicago, Illinois) and WBAD (Washington, DC) in the United States as well as SKY TV, The Beat FM, Pulse 88 FM and briefly co-hosting on Phoenix FM.

Furthermore, Perretta has been a very active and passionate philanthropist and advocate for reputable registered UK charities Diabetes UK and CLIC Sargent, whilst also selflessly dedicating endless time and also money to various non-profit organizations such as Supporting Children with Cancer UK; Perretta is currently working on a live event to raise awareness and funds for children suffering from cancer In the United Kingdom, Perretta was nominated for a V-Inspired Award for his contributions and is very community-driven with a high passion for inspiring the youth and academic students in college/university in particular.

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