The situation is more difficult when the loved ones aren't ware of what the problem is. If the loved ones don't understand how the disorder works, they can get caught in a cycle of trying to figure out why the person changes so much.

Know that if someone's mood appears to change a lot more than yours, they probably have a mood disorder.

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Bipolar Disorder is one of the most severe mental disorders a person could have.

The lives of those suffering from it are hugely impacted by it.

People who have Bipolar Disorder often have a hard time sleeping.

It's not unusual for someone unmedicated with this disorder to be up for two or three days straight because their mind and body simply won't let them sleep.

If you share a bed with the person, you may wake up at 4 a.m. You may be further upset when you find that he or she has been up for the third night in a row, unable to lay in bed and sleep.

Even if you don't share the bed, that person may be up making noise in the middle of the night and may keep others in the house awake.

Though you may try to believe you're fine and you have made the best of the situation, talking things out may help reduce your own frustration and anxiety.

Finally, there is a wonderful organization called NAMI. The organization offers groups in many communities in which you can meet others who have loved ones with mental illness, and you can also work with others to advocate for greater understanding of mental illness.

It's true that individuals with bi-polar disorder must remain vigilant (and their loved ones can be drawn into this care-taker role), but the experience of living with bi-polar disorder doesn't have to be an interminable roller coaster. I really cant help it as much as I wish Icould because I hate feeling this way.

My bipolar and OCD are at a high right now and im struggling to function and not lose my cool or let me emotions take over. Maybe reading this will hwlp you understand alittle better that sometimes I really cant control my actions.

Just as Depression is one example of a mood disorder, Bipolar Disorder is another.