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 Bipolar disorder is a
disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows
to manic highs, it is also called manic depression (Clinic Mayo, 2017). The
diagnosis criteria for Bipolar Disorder is, major mood changes, such as being
manic to depressed. Manic is being highly energetic and depressed is when one
is in a state of general unhappiness or despondency. Manic
and depressed mood can last weeks or months. Symptoms also include difficulty
falling and staying asleep. The cause of Bipolar Disorder is unclear and there
is no cure. Treatment is available through therapy groups, a psychiatrist,
medications, or even hospitalization.

Demi Lovato Opens Up

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                        Lovato
has spent a large majority of her life feeling vulnerable, sad and withdrawn, and
other times highly energetic and increased participation in activities. Some
days Lovato could not find the strength to get out of bed. Demi Lovato tried
self-help, by giving herself medications, but she later was admitted to a
treatment facility. After being admitted to the facility Lovato opened up to
her family, friends and health care team. Lovato was then diagnosed with Bipolar
Depression, a state when you remain depressed and lose interests in activities,
a category of Bipolar Disorder.  Lovato was
also diagnosed with manic moods as well. “Getting a diagnosis was kind of a relief. It
helped me start to make sense of the harmful things I was doing to cope with
what I was experiencing,” (Lovato, Demi, 2013).

 Lovato
would stay awake into the early hours of the next morning. Lovato admitted to
having trouble going to sleep because she was so “keyed up” and energetic. “I
didn’t really realize I was sick,” she confessed. “I thought that
writing seven songs in one night was normal. I thought that staying up until
5:30 in the morning is normal. Last night, I stayed up until five in the
morning. I just couldn’t sleep. My mind was racing and it’s an ongoing thing
and I still learn how to cope with it,” (Lovato, Demi, 2016).

                        Demi
Lovato later shared with the public her diagnosis, and with words of
encouragement. “Living well with bipolar disorder is possible, but it takes
patience, it takes work and it is an ongoing process. Everyone’s process and
treatment plan may be different. I am so grateful for my life today and I
want to protect it. It isn’t always easy to take positive steps each day, but I
know I have to in order to stay healthy. If you are struggling today with
a mental health condition, you may not be able to see it as clearly right away
but please don’t give up – things can get better. You are worthy of more
and there are people who can help,” (Lovato, Demi, 2016) Lovato also organized,
“Be Vocal,” a campaign to raise awareness about Bipolar Disorder, provide help and
encouragement for people with the disorder, and to research in hopes of finding
a cure for the disorder, so people can speak up and get the help they need. “Asking
for help is a sign of strength,” says Lovato. (Lovato, Demi, 2016)

 

Lovato’s Symptoms.

                        After
going public with her diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Lovato explains her
symptoms and how she knew she had a problem. Lovato knew that it was not normal
to go from wanting to stay in bed all day and be sad and unhappy to staying up
all night wide open and energetic.  Lovato’s
symptoms match the criteria for bipolar disorder because under the depression
category the symptoms are: depressed almost every day, loss of interest in
activities, sleeping to much, appetite loss, feeling worthless, and under the
manic category the symptoms are: increased goal directed activity, unable to
fall asleep, and excessive involvement in activities. Demi Lovato matches the
depressed category because she stated that she had days where she could not get
out of bed and did not want to be a part of anything, that goes back to loss of
interest. Lovato matches the manic symptoms because she would stay up all night
writing songs and had trouble “powering down,” so she could go to sleep. The
fact that she stayed up all night writing songs is that she had increased goal
activity, she just had to get done writing her song, and she sometimes would
write up to seven songs a night!

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