Imagine being around someone who seems to be in suffering. The kind of suffering you just can’t seem to undo in your head. You can somewhat relate to them, but when you consider the wholesome picture you are forced to label them ‘mad’. Extremist fits too. These people are suffering in bliss and agony, all at the same time. Most significant people, who have achieved some form of success in their lives, experience a mild form of this condition – bipolarity – intermittently.  Bipolarity is the tendency to sense elation amidst neutral feelings.

The human body is predisposed to maintain a cyclic life-style. Eight hours of work, 8 hours of repair (sleep) cycle, and 8 hours of life (socialize/ recreation) cycle. When bipolarity-stricken people experience elation, they lose track of this cycle. They, more often than not, put at stake the repair cycle in order to extend work and/ or recreation.  The result is a deficit; excessive tiredness and exhaustion are experienced. And in order to sustain this sensation of recreation/ productivity at work the victim may use external means. For example excessive caffeine intake, nicotine/ tobacco consumption and energy drinks. The difficulty with doing so is the ‘dip’ that follows. This dip is actually just the normal mood, but soon normalcy is confused for low-mood and/ or depression. And depression may mark the onset of a disorder.

These bipolarity-sensors are no mediocre people. They usually fall into what one would call the ‘smart people’ category. They are possessors of high IQ (intelligence quotient) and often take up professions in competitive fields such as medicine, law, mathematics, entertainment, journalism etc. Creativity and independent thinking are prominent features amongst them.

Bipolarity in itself is not the worrying factor. The trouble is when this tendency converts into a disorder – the Bipolar Disorder. When roughly defined, four percent of the world population experience bipolar disorder at some point in their life. The disease illustrates ‘bursts of impulsive behaviour to paralyzing depression’.

Hyperactivity and lack of sleep are common features. The internal drive to achieve something significant in these people is almost infectious. Regular people usually fall short in the face of competition with these individuals. What compensates, however, is the extreme switch bipolarity-stricken people make. From excessive working hours, say 14 hours a day, to spending weeks in bed. Suicide ideation and death aren’t alien thoughts to people experiencing this disorder. It is not a big deal for them.

This blog attempts to acquaint its readers with the concepts of bipolarity and bipolar disorder. To help them manage, or even, prevent the bipolar-tendencies from taking the form of a full-blown disorder. Being bipolarity-ridden yourself or living with someone who elicits the symptoms can be thoroughly reinforcing. The cure/ management does not come without costs and care. There is, however, good news for ones who would like to exercise some form of management on their own. Implement a self-regulatory plan, which involves basic, but crucial, behaviors.

To combat these tendencies, stimulant-consumption ought to be abandoned or taper down. Stimulants are those things that speed up brain activity such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. The possession of extreme tendencies puts the bipolar-individual at risk of excessive consumption. This consumption rouses manic-depressive symptoms. The unwarranted use of computer and television, another kind of stimulant, is not conducive to the health of a bipolar-individual either. And getting a good night’s sleep should never be under-valued. Seven to nine hours of sleep at nighttime must be a permanent feature of one’s routine. It does wonders. Not just for bipolarity, but for one’s general well-being as well. Rest is another term synonymous with sleep. Rest amidst work is critical.

Modicum of exercise is always welcome. Mixing it up is yet another good idea. Some yoga, a bit of aerobics, maybe even dance, swimming and walking/ jogging. Diet plays a role as well. One should keep as far away from the ‘three-white-poisons’ – sugar, flour and salt. Keeping away from anger and stress is equally, if not more, important. Anger management and stress management are golden weaponry in one’s arsenal – arsenal of powerful living.

Medication and professional counselling is the least popular solution that people in our society resort to. They often fail to realize that it is by far the most effective way forward. Moreover, people contact professionals, if they do, only during the depressive-mood. Also, they tend to mistake the cyclic-elation for cure, merely to witness/ experience depression again. We sit in wait for the day when people peek out of the ignorance that engulfs them. The day when they will acknowledge the risks associated with elation. Elation – the inexplicable happiness. Since it is equally, rather more, dangerous than the depressive dip. The day when the sufferer walks up to the doctor saying “I’m too happy, doc. What’s wrong with me?”

For professional assistance, Willing Ways is one of the leading treatment centers in the Asian-region that offer competent and research-oriented services.

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