Bipolar disorder represents a very broad spectrum of experience; broad enough, that the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV-TR separates the disorder into two diagnoses: bipolar I (BP I) and bipolar II (BP II). — Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Our society is marred by a vast dismissive attitude towards the reality about mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder. While nobody would seem to question the need for someone with diabetes to take insulin, there has always been a negative stigma when it comes to people with bipolar disorder who also need to take medication.
Bipolar people, on the average, go through around ten years of their life only coping with the symptoms of the disorder without actually getting a proper diagnosis. Worse, only 1 in 4 people receives an accurate diagnosis within three years. Professionals, even in the field of finance, are no exception to this disorder.
Here are five facts you need to know about them:
- They Do Not Just Have A Simple Mood Swing
The work of finance professionals is heavy on number-crunching, financial modeling, and business analysis. It really is a stressful job, which is why a lot of people would label their emotional reactions as simple episodes of mood swings. It is not the case, however, for the bipolar ones.
Bipolar disorder is caused by abnormalities in the brain biochemistry as well as the way specific brain circuits are structured. Because of the physiological factor to the persistence of bipolar disorder, it involves a more complicated mental health concern.
Schemas about our personal identity can be organized around themes of competence, acceptability, lovability, and strength, among other themes. The thoughts, feelings, and memories we associate with each theme develop over time. — Elizabeth Brondolo Ph.D.
- They Can Only Manage The Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental condition – it lasts for a lifetime. It is only by way of managing that disorder that people can live with it. Stabilization is critical in managing bipolar disorder. It involves the intake of mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics which would help regulate the abrupt changes in a person’s mood.
Regulation of stabilizers becomes highly essential especially when finance professionals are in the middle of a crucial event or transaction.
- They Can Live Normally Too
Having a bipolar disorder and discovering that it is a lifetime condition does not mean that there’s nothing normal that could be done by the diagnosed patient. There are a lot of famous people who made it to the top of their game despite battling with bipolar disorder.
Train the body to know that when you are getting into and lying in bed, it is time to fall asleep. You do not want to be alert in front of a screen or stimulated by a task you are doing while in bed. — Andrew Archer, LCSW
The same is true with finance professionals. With proper medication and support group, 75% of diagnosed patients are said to be successful in their work regardless of their mental health condition.
- They Are Not Necessarily Dangerous
There is a misconception that because people with bipolar disorder would tend to change their moods quickly, it is difficult and even dangerous to have them around. People with bipolar disorder are not crazy and tactless.
What is dangerous is when bipolar disorder remains unmanaged, as this could lead to life-threatening activities even for people who appear to have everything. Successful finance professionals, who seem to be at the top of their game all the time, also experience these episodes.
- They Can Be Trusted With Decisions
The ability to make timely and wise decisions is very crucial for a finance professional. In the world of finance, people are in constant pressure to provide well-thought opinions and precise analysis.
The general judgment, however, on bipolar people is that they are unable to perform any of this because of their changing moods. In reality, people with bipolar disorder know how to mitigate their impulses. They are capable of making informed decisions and can be trusted to stand by them rationally.
It’s time we take a stand and get rid of the stigma surrounding not only bipolar disorder but every single mental health issue out there. We are talking about the real lives of real people here – all carrying different stories and learnings. It’s time we embrace the diversity of our mental states with open acceptance.