Jungle camp: The expert explains the effects of Tessa’s illness

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Tessa Bergmeier suffers from bipolar disorder.Photo: IMAGO Pictures / STAR MEDIA


Laura Schieble

“I am 60 percent severely disabled because I have bipolar disorder.”“I’m a star – get me out of here!”, Tessa Bergmeier says directly on the first day of this year’s season. On the tenth day, she was the third celebrity to leave the jungle camp.

Soon after moving to the camp, she clashes first with Julina Menin over family allocation and then with Claudia Effenberg. She claimed she had a “handicap” because she had pain in her foot from walking long distances to the camp, and is therefore currently unable to walk.

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The first argument did not last long on the first day in the jungle camp. Here between Tessa (left) and Jolina.Photo: RTL+

Tessa replies that it bothers her when the term “disabled” is used “so that it works without interference” because she herself has a disability.

But what does bipolar disorder mean for those affected and how might participation in a television format like Jungle Camp be affected? Did her behavior ultimately lead to her having to leave the camp now? Watson spoke to Dr. Stefan Rubeck, chief physician at the Oberberg Clinic Berlin-Brandenburg and the Oberberg Die Kurfürstendamm clinic and an expert on bipolar disorders.

Severe disability due to bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterized by manic and depressive phases.Röpke explains in an interview with Watson. Previously, you needed very little sleep, made a lot of plans, and had a lot of new ideas. However, only in a mild form of hypomania. Röpke describes at this point, sufferers often feel almost normal.

However, this can quickly turn unrealistic. “You’re spending a lot of money, and you’re traveling — a lot more than you normally would.” In extreme cases, patients must be forced into treatment because they would put themselves in dangerRobecki says. In the manic phase, you may ruin your entire life, get into debt, quit your job, and end relationships.

Then comes the stage of depression. In this episode of illness, Rupke explains, patients are more likely to seek treatment voluntarily.

Bipolar literally means two poles. However, again no. Because between mania and depression there is also this “semi-healthy”, explains the expert.

These stages can be of different lengths and differ from patient to patient. Sometimes days, sometimes months, sometimes weeks. In addition, the severity of the disease varies. This in turn means that severely disabled people are issued ID cards with different characteristics.

Daily life is not possible in the manic phases

On the first day at jungle camp, Tessa also said she had a severe handicap of 60%. This led to many question marks for Claudia Effenberg and some other campers. For outsiders, they often associate a severe disability with physically visible limitations.

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Tessa has already messed with some celebs at jungle camp.Image: rtl+

However, the Principles of Medicare also include regulation of bipolar disorders. Accordingly, the severity of the disability ranges from 30 to 50 percent if it is one or two stages per year over several weeks. People with bipolar disorder who alternate manic and depressive phases more than once or twice a year are considered to be severely disabled in the 60 percentile.

Severely disabled because sufferers cannot adjust to normal structures in the manic phase. Röpke explains:

“In the manic phase, people are unfit for everyday life.”

“They can no longer make a career, offend, they have many conflicts with relatives.” As the partner of someone in the manic phase, you can’t stand it, says the expert.

Tessa is a mother of two. In 2015 and 2019 she gave birth to her daughters. It is not known if she is currently in a relationship. “As a single mother who’s in a manic phase, it’s very difficult,” says Röpke. Many times one is no longer able to adequately raise one’s children. Those affected are very dependent on the support of the family, which is usually very concerned about the person.

However, the course of the disease can be partially controlled with medicationThe expert explains.

Participation in TV shows is still possible

But what about, say, jobs that are performed in front of the camera, like that of a presenter or if, like Tessa, you’re part of a TV show? Such people cannot simply cancel such a project, since participation in it is contractually regulated.

“The stages announce themselves in advance”, Rubik says. While in very rare cases sufferers can fall into a different phase from one moment to the next, most people go through one or two phases a year. The manic phase for several weeks or months, the depressive phase and for the rest of the year it is the phase in which one behaves almost normally.

And therefore:

“In many cases, those affected can live stably for many years – with the right medication.”

Likewise in the case of Tessa. Because her friend and companion Lotta recently revealed on the official podcast of Jungle Camp: “Tessa’s disease is recessive.” This means that she is currently asymptomatic. In the past, Tessa was mainly manic and non-depressive. “With treatments and medication, I’m practically cured for the time being, but it can always break out,” Lotta said.

Lucas Cordalis has moved to jungle camp in the year 2023 with a big goal: he wants to be his father’s heir to the throne. After all, Costa Cordalis was the first of the Kings of the Jungle. But he still didn’t live up to his favorite role. During the first days in the camp, he was not noticed at all, and he was not shown on television at all. Now he shines with a refusal.

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