Depression for Bipolar sufferers is when hopelessness, feeling irritable, sadness, crying and yes feelings of wanting to die by suicide are experienced. There are plenty more feelings of worthlessness experienced.
Bipolar sufferers are often treated with antidepressants, which can bring on mania and a whole lot more physical and other complications.
Luckily for me I have mostly been treated with lithium an old treatment of yesteryear which stabilises mania and depression. ( taking away the Bipolar mood swings). I would like to be honest though I miss the mania. Mania is something most bipolar patients look forward to as it allows them to mingle, take risks, have a God like euphoria. These are the times when Bipolar sufferers become creative and can tackle anything.
Medication like mood stabilizers and antidepressants are used to treat the depression side of Bipolar. These medicines can contribute to physical morbidity. They can be the cause of early diabetes, heart trouble and a whole list of other illnesses. The most important thing is to find the right combination of medication to minimise the side effects. The saying damned if you do, damned if you dont comes to mind. For me I choose the hard way, the rebel in me says, antidepressants ? not for me thanks. I don’t want to be taking medication for in case I go into depression.
Feelings of anger, sadness, restlessness, Insomnia or too much sleep, changes in appetite, loss of interest and even thoughts of death make the depression side of Bipolar difficult to cope with. However when treating depression with mood stabilizers one can become very sad and fatigued.
Side effects of taking mood stabilisers can be Diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, Trembling, Dry mouth and thirst can be experienced. Drowsiness, bad libido and skin irritations are also experienced.
As I said my choice was to go it alone without antidepressants and mood stabilizers. When one is first put onto these medications your mood in fact gets worse, before it improves and this can be a dangerous transition for the sufferer. I choose not to complicate my illness with further side effects and go it alone. Not the easiest way granted but using nutrients improves most negative feelings experienced. I am anti- drugs and so i choose to minimize my drug intake to enhance the quality of life.