How Can Students with Bipolar Disorder Succeed in College?

Written by Michael Stoddard


Does Your Mental Instability Disable Your education?

People who have bipolar disorder struggle almost every day to live a normal life. What about a study where every person experience ups and downs? Is it possible to become a student?

Bipolar disorder is an illness, which can make your life struggling and hard. On the other hand, people used to deal with the symptoms and live a regular life without feeling any disturbing thoughts, anxiety, depression, extreme sensitivity, and other. In theory, any student can succeed in college. How to prevent problems and difficulties caused by the mental disorder and live successful and full student’s life?


Who can experience the illness?

The bipolar syndrome is a mental disorder, which causes the struggle of two different personalities inside your consciousness. People who experience illness usually change their mood very often from depressing to extra active. This behavior is noticeable to the community and the outside world. Every person can experience constant changes in mood, only people who suffer the illness can have these changes during, weeks, months, and years. The episodes are noticeably stronger and deeper, especially when depressed. Only a therapist can define the disorder and prescribe appropriate treatment. Hopefully, many communities and social organizations express help and support for people suffering from the symptoms.

Which symptoms can a person experience?

Bipolar and studying can be challenging due to the raw of reasons. To understand them a person should know the main symptoms. People feel worthlessness, experience insomnia or abnormal sleep, excessive guilt, inability to concentrate, and weight gain or loss. They may have suicidal thoughts. The other side of the story shows symptoms in behavior like extreme self-confidence, erratic and fast speech, excessive need for activity, no need in six hours of sleep, the irrational spending of money, no self-control, irritation and other. Symptoms are not changing one another regularly. A person can experience deep depression for a couple of months, then be normal, then depressed again, back to normal and in half a year be extremely active and happy.


How can it influence study?

Education is an essential period for many people in their lives. People who suffer from the previously stated symptoms instead of regular ups and downs struggle every day to gain the knowledge just like all the other students. There is no need to explain how all the behavioral particularities can influence normal education process. For school it is confusing. On the one hand, there is no right to treat those people differently, on the other hand, it causes inconveniences for both teachers and other students. The behavior can be annoying to others. How to deal with this and which programs are there to support an afflicted person?

Study and social success

Successful people with bipolar disorder finish a college or university and build a successful life. How? According to the research of Terence A. Ketter, M. D. from Bipolar Disorder Clinics, the study of human traits requires the tolerance of its complexity. He mentions that there are plenty of successful abnormal creativity expression examples in the society like Rene Russo, Curt Cobain, and even Ludwig van Beethoven. This is the examples of so-called “good” creativity disorder. Although studying requires concentration, patience, hard work, efforts, and stability. This is struggling but possible.


Advises for studying

At first, follow the further guidelines to keep your state stable. You should eat healthy and tasty food (yes, it is possible), avoid alcohol and drugs, establish sleeping habits by inquiring various techniques and meditation, practice time management, and do physical exercises. You should always consider asking for professional help in relationships with other, financial concerns, and other social issues. You should also acknowledge that your academic expectations may not be fulfilled. Acknowledge the problem and learn to deal with stress. There are plenty of techniques to acquire. Use academic assistance services that will help with critical thinking.

External assistance and the choice of educational institution

Depending on the level of the disorder you need a more or less assistance from relatives of special institutions. Consider applying to the university or college, which is close to home or people who can support, assist and comfort you when needed. A good idea is to contact an appropriate department of the educational university of your choice and request a consultation of your particular situation. It is possible that there are programs, which help people with mental disorder go through study process and gain the knowledge necessary for a future career. You may also want to find the nearest center where you can receive help.


Does the illness make your education impossible?

No. Everything is possible with the right attitude and correct approach. You should remember that bipolar disorder is a serious and sometimes dangerous decease that should be treated accordingly. There are plenty of successful examples of socially active people. Close friends, family members, positive mindset and social assisting programs will make your study possible.

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One Comment

  1. I have come across this post more than once, and I haven’t said anything, because I sense that English may not be your first language and I don’t want to be rude. However, some of your information is lacking important details, and some of it is just plain WRONG. The fact that this post, with information that at best is not helpful: you never once mentioned medication; and at worst is inaccurate: mania is not “happy”, nor is bipolar disorder “the struggle of two different personalities inside your consciousness”; has come up more than once in my search for other bipolar disorder related issues concerns me quite a bit, and I believe that it’s irresponsible for you to leave it up in it’s current state. You do not end on an especially positive note, especially when you tell people to stay close to their families and fail to acknowledge the heritable nature of this disorder. You do not include any crisis line numbers or list any online resources, such as NAMI, that could help a newly diagnosed person. Mental illness comes with a tremendous amount of stigma, and the only way to combat that stigma is with accurate information and acceptance. Please try harder next time.

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