Chyler Leigh has taken on some difficult roles in her career, along with helping keep the world secure from alien threats on the TV present “Supergirl” and learning to be a surgeon as Lexie Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy.” However, her most demanding activity has been learning to handle bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a power psychiatric condition. It could cause dramatic shifts in mood, energy, and exercise levels by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). People having this disorder often alternate between episodes of mania and depression.
Signs of mania embody having a lot of energy, feeling very “up,” participating in risky behaviors, talking fast about doing multiple things, having hassle sleeping, and feeling wired. Depressive signs include feeling unhappy, empty or hopeless, feeling tired or slowed down, sleeping too much or too little, and thoughts of suicide, the NIMH says.
Dr. Dan Iosifescu is a professor of psychiatry at NYU Langone Health in New York City. He said when people with bipolar disorder are in depression, they’re slowed down.
Iosifescu said that bipolar disorder has a robust genetic component. There are seemingly multiple genes that are accountable for the disorder, he defined.
By the time Leigh was 27, she had three small children, a husband, and busy professional life.
With her husband Nathan West’s support, she finally reached out to help about ten years ago. She was hospitalized for a week. She said she did not want to hear that she had bipolar disorder. However, Leigh now takes medication, goes to therapy, and tries to stay mindful.