Bipolar disorder primarily affects the brain; which is part of the central nervous system. Composed of both the brain and the spine the central nervous system is made up of a series of nerves that are in control of different body activities. This disorder can make it difficult to concentrate, one of two ways is that the mind will be racing which makes it hard to control your thoughts; being in a manic state. A depressive episode can cause concentration difficulties causing the mind will feel slower than normal. Manic phases often mean that you need very little sleep, and depressive episodes can result in sleeping more or less than normal. It’s not uncommon to have insomnia in both instances. Anxiety, weight lose or gain, are other symptoms that are commonly found in someone with bipolar disorder, this affects the cardiovascular system due to high blood pressure, poor decision on health or hygiene can be effected by this which then leads to other health concerns. I myself, have been diagnosed with manic depression and ADHD since I was very young. These signs and symptoms I am very common with, over the years I have been on numerous medications to help control my mood swings. As I have gotten older I have found that these help to a certain to degree, but I also have developed more health problems along with it. I now try to control this with exercise, a good diet and lots of coping skills. Sources:
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