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chelsay13
May 24th, 2009, 02:18 PM
Ok, I think I'm seriously going insane. One second I'm thinking "i wanna die" and writing completely depressing things, then the next I'm laughing and joking around. he other day i was so isanly hyper/happy I chucked an eraser at my teacher, then after I felt so guilty and sad i did it that i wrote him a letter and was seriously depressed for the rest of the day. My friends always joke about how my moods change so fast. So what do you all think?

Zazu
May 24th, 2009, 03:29 PM
It sounds like you are getting mood swings which seem to be from one extreme to the other, best thing you can do is go and see your doctor for a proper diagnosis :)

IAMSAM
May 24th, 2009, 06:31 PM
Just as an FYI, 'Insane' is actually a legal term, it's not a mental health/psych term, it means incapable of knowing right from wrong, not being responsible for one's actions. It refers to impaired reasoning and judgement. Throwing erasers at teachers might qualify, but not b/c you don't know that it's wrong. Rather, you probably did this b/c you were impulsive, you felt the urge and without any restraint imposed by judgement or thought, just chucked it. Maybe that's what's going on with your moods, too. You're not exerting any control over them, so they change pretty frequently, and without much warning. However, if you made the attempt, you might find that you had more control over your feelings than you think.

Bi-polar is very different than 'moodiness' or changing moods between sadness and giddiness. First, the cycles are not that rapid, moments apart, and secondly (and most importantly) the moods do not require any context to events and they are severely disruptive of functioning. Doesn't sound like you.

Try exerting some self control over those emotions, you might find more success than you think.

INFERNO
May 24th, 2009, 11:55 PM
Feeling sad after feeling guilty is normal, especially if it's after doing something you probably shouldn't have, such as throwing an eraser at a teacher. That one example however, to me does not seem to be bi-polar.

However, there is a difference between bipolar disorder and general moodiness. With bipolar disorder, your moods or emotions change regardless of the context. For your example, you became sad because you admitted to feeling guilty. These mood changes tend to be rather uncontrollable and so, they tend to cause some amount of distress and affecting your daily functioning. On the other hand, moodiness is completely context-specific, that is, something has to occur in order for you to feel a certain way, thus it is not random.

You cannot simply look at an event, such as you describing you changing from hyperness to sadness without looking at the context, history of the person, etc... . As you are 14, there's the issue of hormones exaggerating behaviors.

I'd say to try and control your moods better and see if there is some context to the emotions, both context that is present at the time and whatever may be an on-going issue(s).

Antares
May 26th, 2009, 11:51 PM
I think you are bi-polar...sometimes lol. When you are bi-polar you completely change "moods" or more like states in a very short period of time. So going from really happy to really sad for no particular reason is bi-polar. The second example with the eraser, I don't think that show bi-polarism. I think that is just more that you are emotional.
So, I think that you are fairly normal, just have bi-polar tendancies.

bagel
June 18th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think with bipolar disorder, episodes of mania and depression generally last longer than a few minutes. People with bipolar can be depressed for days, and then have sudden manic episodes that last all day, not just a few seconds. Before assuming that you have bipolar just because you've been moody, you should take the time to research the disorder and consider realistically whether the symptoms fit you or not.
As a teenager your hormones are raging and that can make you very moody at times, changing emotions often for no reason. And, as a teenager, these mood swings might cause you to wonder if something is wrong with you. I thought I was bipolar when I was 15 too, but guess what? I wasn't, I was just another moody teen. I'm still a teenager but thankfully my hormones are a little more stable now.

http://www.healthline.com/hlc/uncovering-bipolar-depression?micrositeId=6
Here's a web site with information about bipolar disorder. Read over it and any others you find, and if you think you have the symptoms, you should talk to your parents about it and tell them you think you should see a doctor.

INFERNO
June 21st, 2009, 10:14 PM
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think with bipolar disorder, episodes of mania and depression generally last longer than a few minutes. People with bipolar can be depressed for days, and then have sudden manic episodes that last all day, not just a few seconds. Before assuming that you have bipolar just because you've been moody, you should take the time to research the disorder and consider realistically whether the symptoms fit you or not.
As a teenager your hormones are raging and that can make you very moody at times, changing emotions often for no reason. And, as a teenager, these mood swings might cause you to wonder if something is wrong with you. I thought I was bipolar when I was 15 too, but guess what? I wasn't, I was just another moody teen. I'm still a teenager but thankfully my hormones are a little more stable now.

http://www.healthline.com/hlc/uncovering-bipolar-depression?micrositeId=6
Here's a web site with information about bipolar disorder. Read over it and any others you find, and if you think you have the symptoms, you should talk to your parents about it and tell them you think you should see a doctor.

This is pretty much correct. There is ultra-ultra (or ultraradian) cycling which can be thought of as above rapid-cycling bipolar. For that, you can be changing moods in minutes, hours, etc... .

You also have different forms of depression being introduced into the DSM, such as minor depression and RBD, which once they get introduced officially, then they can alter the criteria for bipolar disorder.

The eraser thing doesn't seem like bipolar to me at all. It shows me that you have normal emotions that may be exaggerated due to the teenage hormones.

jamesa
July 7th, 2009, 03:38 AM
Depression is one of those disorders which most people face in there life as some stage for one reason or the other. If it's children the pressure of studies gets over their head and if it's adults the pressure of work attracts depression. Rather than going on drugs, one should look for the reason behind there problem . Keeping your self busy and changing the schedule also helps sometimes to get over stress and depression.
The best way to get over stress, depression and anxiety is to take a break from your regular schedule, go out, and take good sleep. This helps in clearing the mind and try consulting a specialist who can suggest you as how you can get over your problem. There are various prescription drugs to get over anxiety and depression, but these should only be used in accordance with the instruction of a physician and going on anti depressants should be the last option.