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 I've been off school with Anorexia, what can I say to people?
I have to go back to school tomorrow after having a month of school. I've still got to carry on with my meal plan and that so I'm going to be going in for mornings only. Everyone will be ...

 If worrying causes stress and many diseases then?
Why worry?

That is to say, does it seem as if it would be better health wise to make steps to not worry? Conversations with God by Neale D. Walsch has made it very clear to me that all ...

 Mentally Ill working in the counseling field?
I have major depression, OCD, and anxiety. I have struggled with many many years of mentall illness...sometimes it has been quite debilitating. The only thing that kept me going was school (and still ...

 my mom thinks something's wrong with me?
Okay, My mom thinks i have a problem because the majority of my day is spent in my room listening to music.
I'm an introvert and i can just sit there listening to music, or in deep thought ...

 My son is always quiet and generally plays by himself. He was recentydiagnosed with autism.?
Do you think his prenatal development had anythin to do woth it?...

 Might I have Asperger's Syndrome?
I have just recently heard about this syndrome after becoming interested in an article about autism (I've always compared myself to an autistic, but blew off the thought as ...

 Am I addicted to the computer if I go on it almost ever break I get?
Or do other people do that too?...

 How important is sleep?
i have always wondered how important is sleep, is it a part of anchint design builded into us that can be over ride. i have been thinking about it the longest i have been able to stay up is 2 and a ...

 I'm on SSI cuz I have schizoaffective bipolar type 1. Can they take it away on a continuing disability review?
I have been getting it for 4-5 years now and they never did a CDR (continuing disability review).

Is there chance that they may cut off my benefits when they do a CDR?...

 What amount of vitamins & Omega 3 should I take for depression & are ebay 1s as good as shop bought?
I am trying to beat depression the natural way. I heard you should take more B Vitamins & more Omega 3s. How much of these should I take? I plan on also taking St Johns Wort. Also on ebay you can ...

 silence is killing me ,i feel werid when i talk i just want to remain silent is this normal?

 I'm worried about my dad dying?
I am a guy. I am really close with my dad for a lot of reasons. He adopted me when I was 6 from a really bad situation and his wife had just died like a year before so we needed each other and he is ...

 Can someone help please?
I was wandering if anyone could help me. I was in a constant state of depression for many years as a teen and a young adult. I am not depressed constantly anymore, but now it is off and on. I figured ...

 Havign bouts of depression?
My depression is getting better. So at times I still get bouts of depression when I put my life on hold for like a little over a week where I would wake up at 3-4 pm during the day & stay at ...

 Can someone suggest a good Eating Disorder Treatment book?
...or maybe one that helps you cope with the condition?...

 I need help. I cut myself, and I'm considering suicide. I'm really confused. Please, someone save me.?
A few of my freinds know I cut, and so does my Aunt. They want me to stop, but I just can't. Now I feel really depressed, Is there really anything left for me in this life? I mean everyone'...

 Why does this happen?
Ok, I grew up not really knowing my dad, so when I heard from him and decides to live with him I was happy for like a month or so, then I got really depressed and started cutting again, and then I ...

 bipolar BF is checking into a clinic??
what does that mean? is it a hospital -- a mental hospital? what kind of 'clinic'??...

 Will antidepressents make you fell happier even if you aren't depressed?

 i just feel like disappearing?
I feel like just packing up my stuff and moving to another country, changing my name etc. I just want to start a new life. Has anyone else felt this way? I feel like my life is moving nowhere but ...

are bi polar people more prone to being over sensitive and judgemental? i am dealing with a bi polar person in
my life and would like to know.

i thank you for all of your help.

Bipolar folks are a bit more sensitive especially in the context of rejection. Then may even tend to decompensate a bit when a relationship breaks up for example. In terms of being judgemental I would suggest that over all bipolar folks can be more volatile with anger because of the mania (which can cause rage episodes) On the other hand, if they have a 'dysphoric mania' they may have problems with on going irritability. Be sure you know if the person you are with has Bipolar I or II. Bipolar I folks tend to get in trouble when they are manic if they are not being treated by a psychiatrist. This is a very serious illness; please be careful. Anger management is one of their more pronouced treatment need areas.
Naturally the depressive side of this illness will tend to impair judgement a bit and cause these folks to view things negatively with a more harsh view of the world and others as well as themselves. We can treat this illness very effectively but, again, many bipolar folks have made a decision at some level to not want to part with their manic episodes. This is one of the reasons they may avoid treatment.

Bi-polar sufferers have a rollercoaster ride of highs (mania) and lows (depression). They usually take meds to treat the different phases of the mood swing.

Such opposite medications, social stigma and unresolved life issues may all combine to make anyone sensitive or judgemental.

Tcat J
there are several levels of bipolar and yes we are judgemnetal in a way, we are more paranoid then anything. but oversensitive, that doesnt categorize ALL bipolar cases. mine is more i think people say things about me but they dont, and ive learned to cope by not reacting to people nearly as quickly as usual. so i avoid problems to avoid a reaction. hopes this helps.

TopHat nailed it. The stigma is what is most damaging.

Now, as to your question about whether or not an individual with bipolar disorder is oversensitive and judgmental, it's going to depend where that individual is along their mood spectrum. If (s)he is depressed, then oversensitivity is a normal part of the depression. If (s)he is at the opposite end of the spectrum then judgmental is again a common symptom.

Please treat your friend as a person. People have mental health disorders; they are not defined by their disorders.

Sandra Dee
hi derrick.... yes we are...and we don't like that we are that way. our feelings get hurt easily, we don't take to teasing because we have been teased so much already. we can be judgmental, in some ways to make ourselves feel better about our self... doesn't work anyway. to be involved with someone with bipolarism takes a lot of patience and understanding. i hope this helped. good luck!

Usually, but not because of the illness itself.

There's a lot of stigma attached to mental illness. People have to deal with a lot of discrimination and a huge lack of support, even within their own family. This tends to leave them embittered and distrustful of just about everyone.

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