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Bi-Polar and Mood Disorder management counselling in GlasgowThere are a range of different conditions often referred to as mood disorders or forms of Bi-Polar. These issues are a major specialty of the senior practitioner (Stuart), who has also authored a number of professional practitioner training courses in this and related subjects.
(Different people use the spellings Bipolar, Bi-Polar or Bi Polar. We deliberately use all of them on this webpage for the benefit of search engines.)
Depending on whether the USA or UK definitions are used, the type of mood disorder or Bi-Polar depression you are diagnosed with can vary, since the medical professions in each country tend to have differing ideas about exact diagnosis. In the USA for example most forms of mood disorder tend to be classified as forms of Bi-Polar, and you will either end up with a specific diagnosis of Bipolar I or II, or be classified as rapid cycling, Cyclothymic or "Non-Specific" Bi-Polar. In the UK the terms Bi-Polar I and II are common, but other forms are often instead classified as non-specific "Mood disorders" rather than specifically a type of Bi-Polar. This distinction is important for sufferers to understand since much of the self-help information in books and on the Internet originates in the USA, and thus uses their terminology.
What is Borderline Personality Disorder
A further distinction is between a mood disorder of the Bi-Polar type which is considered to be clinical and a medical condition that frankly you are born with, or Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which is a condition that builds over time as a result of life events. BPD is certainly not something people choose to have, or have developed through any fault of their own, rather it occurs as a result of people going through various experiences in life that create an unusual development.
In the UK you tend to have a diagnosis or EITHER a Bi-Polar related condition OR BPD. In the USA there is a greater acknowledgment that often people have BOTH. This may occur for example where a person is "born with Bi-Polar" and thus has an unusual development, creating elements of BPD as well. It can also be argued that a person can develop BPD and then hereditary Bi-Polar can kick in at a danger time, e.g. middle age on top of this.
When Does Bi Polar occur?
There are classic "danger times" for Bi-Polar to show itself. Often until these times the person may be perceived as "moody" or prone to "bursts of energy", but otherwise seem quite normal. They may also suffer from periods of depression over time. These may not however appear to be strong or serious enough to warrant deeper investigation. Then at a particular time of life, the symptoms hit them hard, revealing full blown Bi-polar. The lucky ones get help quickly, the unlucky ones try to fight the condition, seeing the symptoms as merely what they have faced all their lives, just "really bad at the moment". Unfortunately often Bi-Polar asserts itself very dramatically, resulting in the sufferer ending up in a police cell for inappropriate behaviour (caused by mania) or in hospital (caused by severe depression). It may also be seen via "dual diagnosis", most commonly where the person presents as having alcoholism, and also has the underlying condition of Bi-Polar.
Classic times for the full onset of Bi-Polar are age 5 (according to USA early bi-polar studies, less recognised in UK), Age 18, Age 30 (most common) and retirement age. Each of these also tends to be at a time of major life significance, and it is unknown whether the onset is due to lifestyle or biological factors. These are also approximate ages.
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