An estimated 2.6% of the U.S. population – or 5.7 million people – have bipolar disorder (BPD) in a given year. BPD is a brain disorder characterized by unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Two main shifts occur within BPD: manic and depressive episodes. Manic episodes may involve high energy, reduced need for sleep, loss of touch with reality, and feelings of being “on top of the world”. Depressive episodes are quite the opposite, involving feelings of low energy and low motivation, loss of interest in daily activities, and suicidal thoughts. BPD can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, including their work endeavors.
There are two types associated with BPD: Type 1 and Type 2. Bipolar Type 1 is characterized by one or more manic episodes or mixed episodes, with extreme manic episodes being a key focus. Bipolar Type 2 disorder is characterized as having one or more major depressive episodes and at least one episode of hypomania (but not as high as manic episodes experienced with Type 1). The types of symptoms, severity, frequency, and coping skills acquired all impact how significantly a person is impacted by their BPD at work.
In a survey conducted by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), almost nine out of every ten participants reported their BPD had affected their job performance. Many people reported having to change jobs often, while others reported being passed up for promotions or given less responsibility over time.
Due to the unpredictable swings in mood and energy with BPD, people who have not sought treatment are likely to greatly struggle with their disorder at work. Sudden loss in motivation to complete tasks can mean deadlines go unmet or projects do not get completed; long or irregular hours at work can also cause many people to struggle because their mood changes simply cannot adapt to the pressures associated with these hours.
If you have BPD, know there are steps that you can take to better manage your symptoms, ultimately providing you more stabilization and relief throughout your day. If you haven’t yet, seek out treatment at a reputable treatment center. Medication, individual and group therapy may be a part of your program, all of which can help you better manage your symptoms. It’s never too late to seek help. Reach out to someone today.
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