5 misunderstandings about Bipolar Disorder –  Kati Morton treatment therapy anxiety mood stabilizers

5 misunderstandings about Bipolar Disorder – Kati Morton treatment therapy anxiety mood stabilizers

Hey everybody. Thanks for checking back. Today we are going to talk about the five common misconceptions about Bipolar Disorder. So stay tuned. So like I said. Today we are going to talk about the five misconceptions about Bipolar disorder. Now the first one is that there are only manic or depressive episodes within Bipolar. And that is completely false. Because there are, If you remember from my old bipolar video I talk about how people with Bipolar Two disorder, Never reach full blown mania. Instead they reach what we call Hypomania. Which is kind of a lower grade of Mania. But it’s a totally different state. It can, it feels very different to the person. And it’s just not Mania. And other people don’t fully reach Depressive episodes. They’ll just have a low grade depression. What, if it goes on for a long time
we would call it Dysthymia. And people can even, to make it even more complicated and complex, people can even have mixed episodes. Which is when a Manic or Hypomanic episode occurs at the same time as a Depressive episode. And this, as you can imagine,
can make us feel very uncomfortable. Very frustrated and irritable. Because not only do we have a ton of energy. And we have a lot of these grandiose
thoughts and we are very excited. But we also feel really down at the same time. And very bad about ourselves. And it can make us feel very agitated. Having like two opposites happening at the same time. And to be truthful, it gives us an increased risk for suicide. So something as a clinician we have to look out for. The second common misconception about Bipolar Disorder, Is that Bipolar Two, is a ‘milder form’ of Bipolar. Now that’s completely false. Because the thing about Bipolar Two Disorder is that we don’t reach full blown Mania. And we stay in Depressive episodes for much longer periods of time. We may reach a Hypomania, but because many people don’t reach the Mania. They never go in to the hospital. Often times they go years without getting help. And because depression is such a
prominent part of Bipolar Two Disorder. The deepness of their depression goes on for years before they get any help and they reach out for help. And it can severely impair their functioning. And their ability to go to work. To interact with their loved ones. And just their overall level of functioning. The third common misconception about Bipolar Disorder, Is that people who have mood swings during the day,
have Bipolar. People will often say, ‘Oh, you know, she’s on it again. She’s so Bipolar.’ Mood swings are not Bipolar Disorder. If you remember in my video back in the day that I talked about Bipolar Disorder and how we diagnose it. In order to be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder,
whether it’s One or Two. Now in One, we have to reach full blown Mania. That means that we have this grandiose sense of self. This extreme feeling of elation. And Mania has to occur for at least one week. And those symptoms have to permeate
each of those days almost completely. Meaning there is no real breaks. We feel this way continuously for a week. And in order to be diagnosed with a
Major Depressive episode. If we had Bipolar Two. If we’ve never reached Mania and we
had a Depressive episode. In order to get that. We have to be in a depressive episode, Meeting at least five of the depressive criteria. And it have to last for at least two weeks. So you can see that someone’s mood shifting during the day, is definitely not Bipolar Disorder. Those are just mood swings. The fourth common misconception about Bipolar Disorder, Is that all Bipolar patients have Mania. And as you remember from my old video,
and what I talked about previously. That’s not true. Because Bipolar Two patients never reach full blown Mania. They reach Hypomania, a very,
a lower grade version of mania. And they spend a lot of their time. I would almost venture to say a majority of their time. In Depressive episodes. Therefore not all Bipolar patients have Mania. The fifth common misconception about Bipolar Disorder, Is that those who have been diagnosed
with Bipolar are unreliable. Or can’t function. Now you and I both know that that is completely untrue. That’s a false accusation. People who have mental illness are not hindered. We can overcome. If we get the help and the support that we need. We can do whatever we want. Just because we are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Doesn’t mean that we can’t achieve great things. Many people who have Bipolar Disorder are doing wonderful things in our world. They are actors and actresses. Business owners. There are artists. They’re doing whatever they want. So don’t think that having a diagnosis means
that you can’t do what you want. I just encourage each of you to reach out and get the support and the help that you need. In order to function in your life. And do whatever it is you dream to do. Because we can all do what we dream. Right. And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. I put out videos five days a week. And each day is a different topic. And you never know what the questions are going to be. So you don’t want to miss out. And don’t forget to follow me on twitter. I’m on tumblr. I’m on instagram. I’m on facebook. Wherever you are looking for me, There I am. And as always, leave your comments below. And feel free to share this. Because the more we share. The more we break through the stigma together. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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  1. I have bipolar II , end what a need to know about this is that, even with a madication I'll have crises of mania and depression? How it's work?? I really need to find the answer for this, becouse I continued having a hipomania and depression even though I take my medication!

  2. Hi, thanks for the video. I've not seen your earlier referenced video on this topic, so perhaps moot here. Nevertheless, I would suggest that you distinguish between euphoric, and dysphoric hypomania/mania. Additionally, mixed episodes i.e. depression and hypomania or mania of either variety respectively, and then rapid cycling too. increasingly I am seeing "Bipolar spectrum" used which covers the entire continuum.

    The combinations are almost endless and tough for the sufferer to distinguish, let alone a professional outside the skin of one who suffers. the varieties are almost endless And hard for the person who suffered to observe themselves. Cunning disorder.

  3. First fact was something I would have asked you to speak about if I hadn't have found you through LifeNoggin and decided to search 'bipolar'. 😛

  4. I'm not officially diagnosed, so I'm not going to go around throwing labels around that I'm not qualified to stick on things. I've been told by a few doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists that I may be experiencing type 2 bipolar or cyclothymia and that I am a textbook case for type 2 bipolar. I don't have the money to be officially diagnosed so I haven't been.

    That being said, anyone reading this comment that feels they fit even the slightest characteristic on this spectrum does need to see their doctor and go through the proper channels before they latch onto said labels.

    Even then it's not the labels that are important, it's the symptoms.

    Mental health issues aren't fun, they're not cool and they're not something you want to experience if you have the choice between being healthy and being ill… Try to look at it as having a flu for years on end that you don't know whether or not you're going to recover from. Some days your sinuses aren't as congested as others, your joints don't hurt as much as yesterday and your throat is recovering. However, anything at any time could cause a dip in your immune system and your flu symptoms could come back 10 fold with little to no warning and some new ones could appear.

    Being ill isn't fun, so don't romanticise it.

  5. THANK YOU plz tell my doctor That 🙂 Like Schitzoaffectective-Bipolar type, and not Ruling out Schzaphrania Cant Have an Emotion for 2 weeks

  6. You're myth about bipolar II being a lesser intense form of bipolar is true; the higher the swing, the greater the fall, the more severe it is. NOT saying bipolar II isn't as difficult as bipolar I, but when it comes to the intensities of these emotions, the myth holds truth…

  7. Hi. I am a 39 yo BP II. The problem is that I was not diagnosed until 3 years ago. Looks like the disease has lasted for so long without being treated that I have permanent effects. I don't seem to be able to keep a job or a relationship going? Is that usual? Thanks.

  8. hey, what is YOUR take on SIMD ( Substance Induced Mood Disorder ). I only get like this ONLY with medically prescribed mental altering medications ( I do not do any drugs, drink or smoke, so leave that out of the equation. ). It surprised the doctors big time.

  9. Hello Kati, Thank you for your time. I have question please, my bipolar ex-girlfriend, she flirts with my friend, called him and tried to meet him without I know, I forgave her for that after she cried a lot, but just 1 week after she flirts with random guy in the street and she went to his place, and that was the main reason we broke. do you think that part of being bipolar ?so I do not need to be made of her and consider going back to her, or that her as a person and nothing deal with bipolar?

  10. Life with BPD is hard because of the stigma behind it so I hide it from people because I don’t want to be judged even though I tell them after they get to know me.

  11. I've been diagnosed for two years after ten of different wrong diagnoses. Bipolar II. Is there a diagnostic test, like a functional MRI for it? Please I need to know, I need to see, not just guess anymore, I can't take more years of guessing

  12. Two weeks one week 1 or 2 we have bipolar we the lunies dont worry take your pill of choice be happy, but PLEASE turn that fucking tv OFF.

  13. I do not know if you can or will read this, but I need help. There is no other way to say it, but my life energy is directly connected with one person. Her actions can hurt me so bad I wanna die, and at the same time can be my real reason to move on. Her presence can bring me back to life. I do not know if this is normal.

  14. I have a question, if someone knows whether or not the mania and depression state at the same time can be described as colliding with yourself or as if it feels like an absolute collision, crash, against yourself. I don’t seem to have the vocabulary to express it.

  15. ok, so now im really confused. if im in a depressive state and have a few moments of a neutral or happy-ish throughout then its no longer considered?

  16. I live almost constantly in depression and isolation. Bipolar Type 2 for 18 years with some periods of eutimia in between . Thank u for your video!

  17. I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 about a month ago. I didn’t learn a lot about my diagnosis from my doctor so I’m doing my research now and I’ve watched all your videos covering bipolar disorder and this one really touched me! Especially the last myth, that was one of my biggest worries that I wouldn’t be a reliable person again or that people would think that I’m unreliable or unstable but the reassurance from you was really helpful. I wish you were my therapist. I really like how you explain things and how kind you are. I just subscribed (: please keep putting the word out there that us bipolar people aren’t nuts!! ?❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  18. The first myth about you saying that hypo-mania isn’t mania isn’t that accurate. Hypo-mania is still mania. I have bipolar 2 disorder and I’ve actually gone into the hospital several times because of manic episodes.

  19. My son was misdiagnosed 15!years ago. The therapist only saw him one time. He went back to college. When he was depressed, he would see another counselor. He would walk in and tell him:her that he was bipolar. One said, "You are certainly high functioning for a person with bipolar. You've had no manic episodes or hospitalizations". This went on and on. We argued bitterly for 15 years. Went he lived to Austin, he saw a counselor who put him on Lithium. There was absolutely no change in him. He has a bad, explosive temper but never hurts anyone or destroys anything. Everyone in our families on both sides has an awful temper. That's what he called bipolar. When he moved again, he saw a psychologist that told him he definitely was not bipolar and told him to stop taking Lithium. He did with no changes. What everyone needs to understand is that bipolar is way over diagnosed. The psychotropics for treatment are very dangerous. I'm glad this was finally resolved. He had absolutely no idea how much that dx could hurt him professionally. He is a Ph D Engineer and very high functioning. He loves stress. That's how him functions best. If a counselor gives you a dx, please study it and find out if you meet the criteria. If he was bipolar, I would support the medication.

  20. Number 4 was interesting, because I KNOW i've never been manic. I'm even confused about hypomanic. I've been irritable and had rage my entire life that didn't settle down until I found lithium, but I never felt totally out of control or showing any of the other examples of hypomania/mania. So, I'm just very confused about my diagnosis. Can someone be Bipolar and not be up for days? 95 percent of the time I'm just depressed.

  21. I have bipolar type 2 disorder and most people don’t even know what this type of disorder is. People think when they hear the word “bipolar” they only think of the 1st bipolar but there’s more then just one type of bipolar disorder. I really enjoyed this video a lot! She really killed a lot of the myths around this disorder. I really hope this can get around to people bc this would really help a lot of people who don’t know what this disorder really is. And I like how she broke down the myth that bipolar type 2 is a lower grade version of bipolar 1 which is such bullshit. I’ve been dealing with my mental illness and I hate the depression that it brings bc when I get so down and depressed I don’t want to live or get out of bed in the morning. N when I get hypomanic I can get very very irritable, irrational, delusional, I have racing thoughts, and I can get really up to where I’m so hyper that I feel like I’m jumping out of my skin.

  22. With my wife's bipolar when something upsetting happens she goes through a period where she doesn't do much. Is this normal?

  23. please look up my video im over bipolar and off all meds please look up mark evan oakley im all about helping people too

  24. Thank you! This is one of the best bipolar videos I have seen! Not everyone experiences it the same. I have Bipolar 2 with mixed episodes. I am mostly stable now on medication. Thanks for all you do

  25. The fifth part made me teary because I enrolled at college at 2012 and here I am at 2018 still a freshman. I feel so old at 22 when my classmates are 18-20. There were so much mental instability in my part that made halt going to school many times.

  26. I hate trying to explain to people who want to know what it's like. My sister insists that suicide is a selfish act and depressed people should get over it. I had a co-worker who always said you know you can pull yourself up by your boot straps and stop feeling for your self. I wish I could. Thank you for doing these videos, I hope the people who don't understand this disorder would watch them, but I am not holding my breath.

  27. Hi Kati, I hope you’ll see this…

    Ever since we were kids I knew something was going on with my sister. She was impossible to live with growing up and I wasn’t always understanding. Over the years I have worried about her, tried to help her, gotten angry at her, given up on her, and even stopped talking to her for months at a time.

    Recently she had a major depressive episode that resulted in her being sent to the hospital and having her kids removed from the home. As a result she has been diagnosed with Bipolar 1 at the age of 36.

    I tell you all this because your videos about Bipolar 1 have helped me to understand what she is going through and how hard it can be for her. It has given me the opportunity to reevaluate our relationship and caused me to develop some much needed empathy for her. I now realize that she isn’t some selfish, immature crazy person. I know now that she is someone who is sick and suffering… and for helping me understand that I am truly grateful.

    Thank you,


  28. I’m crying, i never thought i’d find so many people who understand what i’ve been feeling i’ve always felt so alone in dealing with this. all of your guys’ stories that i’m reading are similar to my own and as sad as it is that other people go through this pain it’s also comforting

  29. So I'm 11 and suffer from panic attacks and anxiety yet because of my age nobody believes me, not even my doctor. Every day, I keep on telling myself I'm making it up, that I've fooled myself into believing it because i want attention. It always stresses me out and I don't know what to do

  30. Hi….I am Laura Book. I am a brain tumor survivor. I was diagnosed with Bipolar in 2000. I think the biggest tragedy that this diagnosis has brought me, and a mixed blessing of sorts, was feeling doomed to be evil, unable, and unloved….Its a mixed blessing, because once I understood the importance of staying on meds….and going to therapy…I realized that anything is possible…I am getting a Master's degree in Counseling, I am an aspiring model, author, possible singer….and my life is filled with love. I have so many many things I thought were only dreams coming true, and the purpose that drives me is advocacy. I am so Thankful that I have bipolar, and that I really understand how it manifests, in me…I know sometimes I will have mania for a week, and it actually has helped me get school work deadlines met…and it has helped me push past anxiety….but I also know that the most amazing thing about loving myself ,even in the hidden recesses of my mind, is to accept that, this is part…not all, but part…..of who I am….I am not perfect, but I am perfectly me…I dont skip meds, drink excessively, deny myself too much rest…..at this leg of the race, for me…its hydration I am still learning to appreciate…..my meds make me excessivly thirsty, and I experience physical fatigue and emotional fatigue, jittery sensations, pain and swelling…all when I skip water…I am not perfect, as I said before…but I feel like I am definitely ok with being a person, with bipolar.

  31. also, the only part of my diagnoses, that still shames me, is the psychosis that came from it….its been 13 years, since I experienced psychosis, and I dont want to ever go through that again.

  32. The worst part about it is having to suck up a bipolar at work and put up with the aggressive mood swings and uncertain reactions.

  33. From wat it sounds lik dey always on fiya, so y would u want to burn it out wit sum stupid meds dat would increase dey suicide thoughts almost double.

  34. I've been thinking for a while that I may have bipolar disorder, type 2 'cause I don't think I've ever been full blown manic… but my therapist doesn't think so. He thinks I just have anxiety. And I'm confused. Because I told him that especially recently, I had 9 days straight of extreme energy. I wasn't sleeping, but I wasn't stressed. I would wake up after a few hours of sleep, feeling as if I overslept! I was awake, started having racing thoughts, started rambling constantly to various people I normally don't talk to very much, was a lot more interested in sex than usual (especially taboo fantasies), felt very restless and hyper, had a bunch of new ideas about business/music/etc that I wanted to start (even thoughts about quitting my job), and was tempted to do a bunch of risky things that normally aren't like me (getting drunk, high, sleeping with someone randomly, etc). He still thinks though that my symtpoms aren't "severe enough" to be considered part of bipolar disorder; esp because I'm able to reason myself out of doing some of the risky stuff. And, because he says it's not the norm for someone to walk in thinking they have bipolar disorder; it's usually something others recognize in the individual with it. I was planning to get screened by a psychiatrist but I really do like my therapist, and would like to be able to trust his judgement, but I'm not sure. I don't want to waste my time getting screened for something I don't have, but I can't shake the thought that he could possibly wrong. What do I do? How do I know if my symptoms truly are severe enough or not to be diagnosed as bipolar? What if he's right and it's all just some type of anxiety?

  35. In Italy the most people thinks that bipolar is the same as dissociative identity disorder… I'm goin' crazy ?‍♀️?‍♀️?‍♀️

  36. I love that she says “we” and “us” because it helps people suffering with these issues not feel isolated or like they are insane. That we all deal with shit and we’re in it together

  37. I was first misdiagnosed with major depressive disorder for about 3 years. Then I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 mixed episodes because I was really irritable at times but now after seeing this video I’m doubting that I have bipolar disorder because I just get mood swings and Sometimes I get crying spells. This happened especially when I was away at college. I had crying spells every day for a month or so.

  38. As a bipolar being, I've actually gone out and am enjoying myself then all of a sudden become deeply disturbed my mood changes and I end up leaving quickly and getting g home ASAP.

  39. In my humble opinion there is a normal state between depression and (hypo)mania, I try to achieve this state and cling on to it as long as i can.

  40. Hi Katy! I made a quite well made Turkish subtitles for this video some time ago. I've been waiting for it to be checked and appear. Still, there is nothing. How long does this process take?

  41. Amen. I have so many patients that were diagnosed with bipolar disorder just because they told a psychiatrist that they were Moody. That's it. No hypomania/mania. I have changed so many patient diagnoses. It's unreal. Or the criteria were misunderstood by the patients when the provider asked pertinent questions and it turns out that the answer that they gave to fit the criteria is wrong. Like insomnia is mistaken for decreased need for sleep as you would find in a manic/ hypomanic episode. Or maxed credit cards for shopping sprees in a manic/ hypomanic episode.

  42. I love your videos so much! I wish I had a therapist like you. I have bpd(and some others) and it’s so hard for me to function. My emotions are super high(feeling good or bad) almost every day at it is so tiring. Plus having some sort relationship is difficult too

  43. My gp today told me I don't have bipolar at all because I don't have psychosis or hallucinations but I know I experience hypomania (I don't think he thinks bipolar 2 exists) so this video was really good thank you.

  44. you rock kati morton (and I know this video is from 2014 but highly relevant still)
    hi from Australia!
    myth buster #5 is the most valuable from my perspective

    surviving bipolar I (borderline unipolar/mania) here

    I watched your videos online years ago when I wasn't getting the right help (along with 3 or 4 other 'tubers) and you helped me a lot – with your knowledge and your delivery (knowledgable, up-vibe, and challenging-in-a-good-way attitude – and the 'non-fakeable' genuine desire to make a differance and help
    you should be proud of yourself

    Thanks Kati – keep up the good work [hugz]

  45. I notice since I’m getting older, I’m having more mania. I just had a manic phase about 6 weeks ago. I’m having a mixed episode now. I can’t sleep or eat and I’m so depressed but I have so much energy.

  46. What does it mean if I get into a mania episode, and at the end of the episode I suddenly fee sad and feel sooo tired as if I’ve been working soo hard or something g

  47. This is a great video that I shared on my wall because people are always questioning my bipolar, even though I have had it for well over 20 years. Would love see videos with mixed illnesses like bipolar and ocd or bpd and bipolar to understand this better.

  48. So i am not diagnosed with bipolar, but i think i have bipolar 2. Everything adds up, but i am scared of searching for help because i am only 13 years old.

  49. Ugh I've been trying to get the courage to tell a psychologist what I have but I just can't. I thought I had depression but surrounding myself with friends calmed me down and I stopped having suicidal thoughts. Then now, I get these depressive episodes either before or after my menstruation and it sucks bcos I don't have an explanation. I don't know if it's a disorder or just my brain being weird and triggering itself even tho I don't want it to.

  50. This is making me wonder if I'm actually bipolar, I was diagnosed bipolar and put on a mood stabilizer lamotrigine.

    But I can't remember if I've been in a super high manic state for a week. Maybe for a few days, but then I crash hard and I'm extremely depressed and suicidal for a few days. Sometimes I get super happy for a few hours, and then I'll reverse and be extremely depressed for a few hours. If it's not lasting for weeks at a time, does that mean I'm not bipolar? What the fuck is it then? I hate feeling so incredibly euphoric and staying up for 2 days straight, and then crashing and feeling like I want to die for days. This shit is exhausting and now I'm thinking I'm not even bipolar.

    The lamotrigine helps a lot though, I still have incredible highs and lows, but they aren't as intense. I still have the same positive and negative inner dialogue, but I don't attach myself to it as much.

    What does it sound like to other people?

  51. i spend most of my time in depressive episodes and despising myself for things i did during hypomanic episodes. it's awful always feeling like you cant allow yourself to be happy or at peace. anxiety makes it worse too. this video helped me because i didnt really understand how i have been depressed for so long without mania. when i try to tell people about it they usually tune out or dont really believe me because they have this idea that you need to be a danger or 'crazy' to be bipolar, but actually we can fit in pretty well and seem 'normal' without being a danger to anyone. i just feel as though mental illness has taken to many things from me in my life. i felt really alone for a long time but videos like this and people in the comments make me feel like there are others out there who understand

  52. So I just came across your page. I find it interesting. The video is old I hope that you are still making videos. I suffer from Bipolar and am depressed right now. I am scared because I have 2 jobs in the process of moving and my last serious depressive episode lasted 8 months. I see a counselor and he's great but I'm not good with emotional shit. Ahhhh

  53. I always feel weird talking about it. I try not to because I don't want to be treated any differently. Saying that I'm Bipolar sounds weird to me still. I always try to see people's reaction, whether they actually know what it is. Because I sure didn't know what Bipolar was till I was diagnosed. Before I didn't consider it serious or even real.

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