Mental Illness – Bipolar Disorder Mental illness is factor that affects the lives of millions of people world-wide. In America alone, one in four people suffer from some sort of mental ailment. Doctors and scientists are trying to cure this issue with medications, therapies, etc. with no success of truly curing people completely. My family has been affected by bipolar disease, with one of my distant cousins being diagnosed shortly after graduating college, about eighteen years ago. Bipolar disease is defined as: “a mental disease characterized by shifts between episodes of mania and depression.” Being bipolar, in my opinion, is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. Bipolar disorder can also be referred to as manic-depressive illness. It’s a brain disorder that causes a person to have extreme shifts in mood, energy, and have a hard time completing regular day-to-day tasks. Everyone experiences mild mood swings every once and a while, bipolar disorder is nothing like this. A person with this disability can have ruined relationships or marriages, can struggle at a job, can loose a job, and can have often thoughts of suicide. Most patients are diagnosed between the ages of eighteen and twenty-eight. Bipolar is disorder is not easy to spot when it beings because people pass it off as other false things, but can be treated once recognized. Realizing the symptoms and taking the correct action is one of the most important parts. Individuals suffering with this illness experience overexcited and overjoyed states, manic episodes, and extremely hopeless and sad states, depressive episodes. Along with going through these roller coaster moods, patients have changes in their patterns of sleep, energy, physical activity, and behavior. A person that may be having an episode of bipolar disorder would have these episodes everyday for at least a couple weeks, without breaks. The symptoms cause a person to not function as they normally would through their daily activities. There are other illnesses that are common with people that have bipolar disorder. Substance abuse is very common; many people that suffer with bipolar have substance abuse involved as well. Many try to deal with the depressive or manic episodes with substances, while others were already addicted, and with continuing their habits, they prolong their symptoms. To name a few, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, often overlap and occur in bipolar patients. When a person already has one of these issues, it makes diagnosing bipolar disorder even more difficult for doctors. There are also other causes of bipolar disorder besides substance abuse, as stated above. Scientists are now beginning to study how this disease may be linked to genetics. These researchers have found that a person with a parent or sibling with bipolar disorder is four to six times more likely to contract the illness than those who do not have a family history of bipolar. New advances in technology have allowed scientists to study the causes of this disease even more in-depth than they ever have before. Now they are taking photos of the brains of people with bipolar disorder, without bipolar, and people with other illnesses to try and analyze parts that may be missing. People do not always develop bipolar disorder when it’s in their genes, but it’s definitely a large factor. Only after a very close analysis of a patient is a doctor able to diagnose that person as being bipolar. To date there are no complete cures to this issue. Only with medications and psychotherapy are people able to gain back a somewhat stable life. There are many different mixtures of medications that doctors are able to prescribe to patients; doctors have to continue to work and tweak this formula to get the person balanced, no one person is the same. Psychotherapy is a good treatment as well because people are able to release all
Bipolar and Me
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Try imagining being happy one second and crying the next. Can you imagine laughing and then in a bat of an eye being so angry that you could scream? I know I could but then again I have bipolar disorder, a mood disorder, which is accompanied by socialphobia. I researched bipolar disorder because I have been diagnosed with it for 12 years and would like to know more about my disorder. Some days I feel perfectly…
Axia University of Phoenix
Bipolar disorder involves periods of excitability (mania) alternating with periods of depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very abrupt. Some alternative names for bipolar disorder are manic depression and bipolar affective disorder. Bipolar disorder actually affects men and women equally. It usually appears between the ages of 15-25. The exact cause of bipolar disorder is actually unknown, but it seems to…
Bipolar Disorder is a chronic disorder characterized by extreme changes in mood, these changes go from mania to depression. Because of its comorbidity condition, it can leads to risky behaviors and greater problems in areas of their social life such as employment, economic and personal relationships stability and even suicidal tendencies if it is not treated.(Leahy, 2007).
Its known that women tend to have more periods of depression than men. So that, they are at higher risk for rapid…
What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
There is no single cause for bipolar disorder. Indeed, like all psychological disorders, bipolar disorder is a complex condition with multiple contributing factors, including:
Genetic: Bipolar disorder tends to run in families, so researchers believe there is a genetic predisposition for the disorder. Scientists also are exploring the presence of abnormalities on specific genes.
Biological: Researchers believe that some neurotransmitters, including…
Introduction to Psychology
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity, and the ability to function on a daily basis. People in general have many different mood swings, but someone who has bipolar disorder has severe mood swings that may cause damage to personal relationships, job performance, and the ability to function in school. Diagnosing bipolar disorder can be difficult…
Bipolar As a Mental Illness
Bipolar is a mental illness, which affects individuals from different age groups, diverse backgrounds and of different genders. Karl Leonhard generated a new definition for “manic depression” by referring to the condition as bipolar disorder. Leonhard posited that the name befitted the disorder because bipolar patients display two different moods: the depressive and manic conditions. Naturally, normal individuals have a single personality that defines character, but…
RUNNING HEAD: Bipolar/Mania 1
Bipolar Disorder affects approximately 2.3 million American adults age 18 years and
older in a given year. Men and women are equally likely to develop bipolar disorder. The age of
onset is in the early twenties (Shives, 2008).
Bipolar disorder used to be known as manic-depressive disorder or manic depression. It
is a serious mental illness, one that can lead…
18 March 2013
The Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of the bipolar disorder are very severe. What makes them so sever is that they are not easy to notice early on. Causes of this disease can be genetic, physiological, or environmental. Most people are diagnosed with the bipolar disorder in their childhood. Some…
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a common, recurrent, and debilitating mood disorder which causes extreme shifts in energy and mood. The word bipolar indicates the two main polar extremes which a person with the disorder experiences. According to NIMH, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that oversees neurological and psychological research, this disorder affects about 2.3 million adults in the United States and about 1.2 percent of the population worldwide.…
CORRELATION BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER
Most everyone has experienced some form of depression in their lives at one time or another. This period can be induced by stress, loneliness, or any one of several factors. It is when these feelings last for more than two consecutive weeks that this can become a major problem (“Depression,” 2006). Another similarly crippling mental issue, is known as bipolar disorder. In generalized occurrence, this term refers to bouts of “mania” coinciding…