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Maintenance Treatment of Bipolar Disorder - Maria grew up in a small town in Ohio as an only child. She was always energetic from the time she was born and a little moody at times. Her parents thought it was normal because their son would have an attitude at times too. It was when she graduated college and started her first career. As top chief at a new restaurant in town, she was stressed to the max dealing with a full staff and managers who like telling her what she should do. At the time, she was also dealing with a messy breakup from her fiancé of 9 months....   [tags: Bipolar Disorder Essays]
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College Student with Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder, also called a manic-depressive illness, is a common disorder which causes mood swings, lasting periods of depression, and episodes of mania. “Extreme changes in energy, activity, sleep, and behavior go along with these changes in mood” (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2008). A person becomes more goal-oriented and has grandeur visions of success. Patient M shows all these symptoms while talking to her friends and professors in college. She describes herself as a person who is above the two standard genders, what she calls a “third sex”, and who switched souls with a senior senator from her state....   [tags: Treating a Patient with Bipolar Disorder] 1454 words
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Symptoms and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder is one of many depressive disorders which affect the way your brain functions. Depressive disorders are very common in fact, about 1 out of 7 people are diagnosed with a depressive disorder each year. So chances are that you know someone that has it whether it is a family member, friend, or coworker. Bipolar disorder goes by many different names, but they are all the same disorder. Some of these include: manic depressive-disorder, bipolar mood disorder, and bipolar affective disorder....   [tags: Bipolar Disorder, mental illness, psychology, ] 684 words
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Diagnosing the Bipolar Disorders - Bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive disorder, is a disorder characterized by extreme mood changes. A person suffering from this disorder can go from being energetic and outgoing to feeling worthless and irritated anywhere between a few days to a couple of months, or even years. Diagnosis, treatment, and the dramatic changes cause a threat to the victim. People with bipolar disorder may try to kill themselves or engage in reckless behaviors depending on which stage they are in (Hassel et al 2009.)....   [tags: bipolar disorder, psychology, ] 1299 words
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The Many Influences of Bipolar and Alcoholism - Methods were used to assess 50 clients who had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The results found that alcohol abuse last longer if the patients had longer depression durations. Although this group studied was only preliminary and would need to be larger for a more accurate outcome we still get a sense of how these two illness might interact long term. Frye (2006) conducted research on different medications used to treat those with a co-occurring disorder. Along with research he also provides many statistics that help us better understand the illness at hand....   [tags: bipolar disorder, alcoholism, alcohol abuse]
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Bipolar Disorder - In life we all go through experiences that cause our moods to change for better or for worse. There are times that we experience degrees of great joy and happiness just as other times we experience great sadness and despair. These polar emotional opposites can be brought about by a cornucopia of circumstances such as the joy and excitement of getting married or the birth of a child to the deep sadness and grief over the loss of a loved one or one’s employment. Feelings of joy and feelings of sadness are normal parts of human life....   [tags: Causes of Bipolar Disorder]
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Different Types of Bipolar Disorder - Different Types of Bipolar Disorder What is unipolar illness. When the mood is just depressed. This is far more common than bipolar illness. What is bipolar disease. Bipolar disorders (manic-depressive illness) are marked by periods of manic, greatly elated moods or excited states as well as by periods of depression. Although the manic-depressive psychosis may alternate from one of its phases to the other, one or the other phase is usually dominant for a while. Depression is more often dominant than mania....   [tags: Psychiatry Psychology Bipolar Essays]
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Creativity and Bipolar Disorder - Creativity and Bipolar Disorder History has always held a place for the "mad genius", the kind who, in a bout of euphoric fervor, rattles off revolutionary ideas, incomprehensible to the general population, yet invaluable to the population's evolution into a better adapted species over time. Is this link between creativity and mental illness one of coincidence, or are the two actually related. If related, does heightened creative behavior alter the brain's neurochemistry such that one becomes more prone to a mental illness like bipolar disorder....   [tags: Bipolar Creative Creativity Essays]
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Causes and Effects of Bipolar Disorder - Causes and Effects of Bipolar Disorder At least 2 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, more commonly known as manic-depression. This illness usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. Although it may come into affect at any time, most individuals with the disorder experience their first mood episode in their 20’s. However, manic-depression quite often strike teenagers and has been diagnosed in children under 12. The risk of suicide among persons afflicted with bipolar illness is unrealistically high....   [tags: Bipolar Psychiatry Psychology Disorders Essays]
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Finding the Light in the Dark with Bipolar Disorder - Finding the Light in the Dark with Bipolar Disorder Affecting nearly one percent of the population of the United States, bipolar disorder has quickly become one of the leading forms of mental illness (Spearing). While advancements in medical science and technology have allowed researchers and physicians to understand its elements more clearly, the effects of bipolar disorder are tragic and often deadly. Often the negative results occur due to a lack of proper diagnosis: some seventy-five percent of bipolar cases go untreated (Spearing)....   [tags: Bipolar Psychology Psychiatry Essays]
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Management of Bipolar Disorder in Adults and Diagnosis in Adolescent Children - Management of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder when individuals experience episodes of mania and depression. The medications used in treating bipolar disorder have been effective when properly diagnosed, but there is a risk of suicide while undergoing therapy. Treatments for bipolar disorder our on the market but they can only treat the mania or the depression, which is why the patient needs to be under supervision. When a person does not follow the prescribed course of treatment the risk of suicide increases....   [tags: Essays on Bipolar Disorder]
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Bipolar Disorder - Abstract Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness in which a person’s mood alternates between extreme mania and depression. Bipolar disorder is also called manic-depressive illness. In a related disorder called cyclothymic disorder (sometimes called Bipolar III), a person’s mood alternates between mild depression and mild mania. Some people with cyclothymic disorder later develop full-blown bipolar disorder. Rates of bipolar disorder are similar throughout the world. At least fifteen percent of people with bipolar disorder commit suicide....   [tags: Bipolar Disorder Research Paper]
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder The severe mood fluctuations of bipolar or manic-depressive disorders have been around since the 16-century and affect little more than 2% of the population in both sexes, all races, and all parts of the world (Harmon 3). Researchers think that the cause is genetic, but it is still unknown. The one fact of which we are painfully aware of is that bipolar disorder severely undermines its victims ability to obtain and maintain social and occupational success. Because the symptoms of bipolar disorder are so debilitation, it is crucial that we search for possible treatments and cures....   [tags: Bipolar Psychology Depression Essays]
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder      Bipolar disorder is often considered a hereditary disease. According to the National Mental Health Association (2001) a specific genetic link to bipolar disorder has not been found. Studies show that 80 to 90 percent of those who suffer from bipolar disorder have relatives with some form of depression (NIMH, 2001). Bipolar disorder is a mental illness involving one or more episodes of serious mania and depression which causes individuals to feel an euphoric type high or feeling really low....   [tags: Research Disorders Bipolar Essays] 913 words
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder INTRODUCTION      The purpose of this paper is to discuss bipolar disorders in adolescents. This paper will include a discussion on what bipolar disorders are. There will be a presentation of the causes and symptoms of bipolar disorders. There will be a discussion of the medical as well as the therapeutic interventions and this paper will also include the importance of treatment. WHAT ARE BIPOLAR DISORDERS.      Bipolar disorder is a disease that affects one in every five Americans....   [tags: Bipolar Disorder Essays Manic Depression]
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Bipolar Disorder and Zaps Bipolar Experiment - ... Next, I viewed a video of Del describing his symptoms of a typical manic episode. After the video, I was asked to identify again within the context of a paragraph the symptoms of a manic episode with a written excerpt from the video. The typical symptoms of a manic episode can include talking more than usual, creating a close physical proximity to the person they are talking to, widening eyes, becoming demanding, being controlling and commanding, and surreal feelings. Next, I was asked the most salient differences between a manic and depressive episode....   [tags: personal reflections, mood disorders, symptoms] 877 words
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A Brief Description of Bipolar Disorder - Since Bipolar Disorder involves the cycling between two different states of mania and major depression, there are many different etiological factors in play. The neurotransmitters that are involved in this disease are serotonin, norepinehrine and dopamine. There has been some preliminary research involved with glutamate as well. In patients with the depressive portion of Bipolar Disorder, Serotonin levels were found to be lower than healthy, non-depressed patients (Young, Warsh, Kish, Shannak & Hornykeiwicz, 1994)....   [tags: cycling between mania and severe depression]
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Bipolar Type I & II - “In the earliest days of documentation, these people were viewed as 'crazy,” possessed by the devil or demons,” Dr. Gardenswartz says in Bipolar Magazine (Stephens, 2014). Bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder, consists of mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. Depending on the rapidness of the mood swings, the disorder can be classified as mixed or rapid. Mixed episodes last less than usual, while rapid cycling consists of four or more mood disordered episodes per year (“Bipolar Disorder,” 2012)....   [tags: health, manic-depressive disorder]
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Causes of Bipolar Disorder and Prevalence - This paper will discuss bipolar disease and is also called manic-depressive illness. It will discuss the causes and prevalence of bipolar disease. It will also discuss the signs of symptoms of the disease. The diagnosis and treatment of bipolar will be discussed. Several studies are included in this paper. Causes of Bipolar Disorder and Prevalence The causes of bipolar disease vary between individuals. Available research indicates that genetic courses account for up to 90% of the reported cases (Fagiolini et al., 2013)....   [tags: manic-depressive illness, symptoms]
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A Look at Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is more than just ordinary mood swings. People suffer from periods of mania to periods of depression. Bipolar disorder is a significant medical condition that is a great health interest in America (Hopkins Medicine). The number of people being diagnosed with bipolar disorder increases every year; therefore, the importance of education and understanding of this disorder also increases because it can affect so many people’s lives. According to Johns Hopkins medicine, manic depression affects more than 5.7 million American adults--or about 2.6 percent of Americans age 18 and older in a given year....   [tags: Diseases/Disorders]
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Bipolar Disorder: Illness and Treatment - Bipolar disorder is characterized by unusual and sudden changes in mood, energy, activity levels affecting the ability to perform everyday tasks, impacting negatively relationships, professional life and often leading to suicide. Bipolar disorder usually show signs in adolescence or early adulthood and is a long term condition that must be appropriately treated in order to improve the life quality of the patient. Often people suffering from bipolar disorder also suffer addiction to drugs and alcohol and one of the reasons is that people with bipolar disorder sometimes try to self treat their symptoms with alcohol and drugs, which make bipolar symptoms worse....   [tags: Correlation with Creativity]
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Dealing with My Bipolar Sister - More than 57 million people in the United States suffer from some type of mental disorder. Mental illnesses can turn a person’s world upside down. These medical conditions can disrupt every aspect of a person and their family’s lives. Mental disorders do not discriminate; age, sex, or color does not matter when it comes to mental illness. Many people live with different types of mental health problems. These problems can be anxieties, drug or alcohol addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and personality and mood disorders....   [tags: mental disorders]
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The Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder, which is also called manic-depression, is a term used to define forms of irregular and intense mood swings that can make someone be depressed one day and a complete maniac the next. Unlike other medical conditions, bipolar disorder does not only affect one’s life, but it can also have an impact on other individuals. The extreme mood swings can have a major consequence on someone’s social life and cause one to fail in his or her career or education. Even though bipolar is not the immense discussion in medical disorders; it is still a dangerous condition that affects a multitude of individuals in the world....   [tags: manic-deoression, mood swings] 1291 words
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Bipolar Disorder in the United States - Thankfully for people today, western medicine has made numerous discoveries and achievements within the last century. The discovery of penicillin, development of x-ray technology, and completion of the human genome are of the most notable. However, this information raises the following question: if medical technology is more advanced, then why have the number of reported diagnoses of psychological disorders in the U.S. been rapidly climbing. According to an international study conducted by Dr. Kathleen Merikangas for the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 2.4% of the world's population has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder....   [tags: health, medicine]
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Comparison of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia - In our society today mental health is very important. Mental health is generally what an individual encounters on a daily basis and how they behave towards relationships between themselves and others or between their own relationships with themselves. With horrific events happening in America today, taking care of the mentally ill is imperative. Mental health disorders do not chose certain people and do not discriminate upon age, race, sexuality etc. Many things can triggers these mental breakdowns or episodes and can be anywhere from mild to severe....   [tags: etiology, symptoms, treatments] 996 words
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A Paper on Bipolar Disorder - ... According to both experts, cultivating healthy habits is paramount. Sleep deprivation and substance abuse exacerbate bipolar disorder and derail treatment. Make sleep a priority. Try to get seven to eight hours of slumber per night, and wake up at the same time each morning. Another is social support often the success or failure of treatment has to do with how the family is involved. There is also psychotherapy the backbone of treatment is medication. But psychotherapy is enormously important Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy is for families and couples to learn to communicate more effectively and reduce really intense emotional experiences....   [tags: mental illnesses, mood disorders] 1236 words
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Bipolar Disorder in Song Lyrics - ... Oh. (We’re recording you)” (Furstenfeld, 2005). The feeling of being watched by someone is likened to a phobia, an intense fear of someone which would be considered irrational by others. The line “I never knew you till you left me with the crying disease” suggests a failed relationship led to major depression (Furstenfeld, 2005). It is not made clear whether it was romantic interest or a family member or friend but the wording may be intended to be very general. Further proof of Furstenfeld’s trouble with relationships is stated in the lyrics “Give me recipes for sorry I’m admitting I’m wrong”, which he blames his disorder on causing rifts in his relationships (Furstenfeld, 2005)....   [tags: songwriters, coping mechanism]
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Bipolar Disorder and Its Management - Bipolar Disorder Page 1 Moods are constantly changing, but sometimes it is a problem. Some people have bipolar disorder, and they tend to overlook it. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression. This is when people experience episodes of hysteria known as mania—“a state of abnormally elevated or bad-tempered moods and energy levels” (Test and diagnosis, January 18, 2012). Bipolar disorder has different types of episodes, causes, and management of which people may not be aware....   [tags: Psychosis, Mental health, Manic]
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The Research on Bipolar Disorder - ... “Psychiatrists require the person to answer multiple-choice questions or explain the meanings of drawings and pictures. Responses to test items may reveal a lot about the person's behavior and moods. ”(Peacock, Judith) When diagnosing BD a psychiatrist also has to go off of experience and training, which is why many patients can go several years before being properly diagnosed. (Peacock, Judith) Doctors don’t completely understand what causes BD, but experts believe that it is caused by unbalanced Neurotransmitters....   [tags: brain, mood, thoughts, neurotransmitters] 1688 words
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What is Bipolar Disorder? - Bipolar Disorder Critical Thinking May 29, 2014 Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression disorder/illness can be defined in many ways. One definition is a mood disorder in which a person swings back and forth between wild euphoria and frenetic bursts of energy (the manic phase) to such deep, dark, and overwhelming depression that a person may contemplate or attempt suicide. (Hirshkowitz & Smith, 2004, p. 107) This illness/disorder seems to affect both men and women in about equal numbers and can get increasingly worse if left undiagnosed or even untreated....   [tags: Manic Depression Disorder, Illness]
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The Bipolar Spectrum and Treatment - Often It is very difficult to treat bipolar patients due to several factors; slower metabolism of drugs, greater organ sensitivity to mood stabilizers, and concurrent medical conditions to name a few. Psychodynamic therapy is one of the therapies often chosen for Bipolar disorder under the theory that underlying unconscious conflict is exacerbating the patient’s symptoms and resolving them will improve the affective symptoms. Family treatment is also popular because people with bipolar disorder often have relationship dysfunctions, and just as with schizophrenia, an “expressed emotion” family is known to have contributed to relapses after hospitalization in the patient (Maj, 2002, pg, 284)....   [tags: Therapy, Exercise, Culture] 829 words
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What is Bipolar Disease? - Bipolar disease or disorder used to be diagnosed under the name of manic disorder or manic depression. It is a mental condition which can be quite dangerous usually leading to some very risky behavior. Many experience destruction of relationships, difficulties with careers and perhaps even suicide or suicidal tendencies. Many behavioral changes are noticed during the different episodes of bipolar depression. During a manic stage it may be periods of fast talking, jumping from one idea to the next or being easily distracted....   [tags: Depression, Anger, Treatment] 1484 words
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Teenagers Suffering Bipolar Disorder - Most teenagers today suffer from different types of disorders, but the most known type of disorder that teenagers face today is known as the bipolar disorder. What is a bipolar disorder. First of all a bipolar disorder is also commonly known as a mood disorder. It is when a person alternates or changes between hopelessness and lethargy depression and the overexcited state of mania. Mania, on the other hand, is a hyperactive, wildly optimistic state in which a teenager is excited and feels that they have a lot of energy and are much more active than usual ....   [tags: mood disorders, from depression to manias]
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Bipolar Disorder and Meditation - ... In the long run, this is extremely beneficial to a person suffering from mental diseases, such as bipolar disorder. The study also revealed “Meditation activates the brain’s CEO: the prefrontal cortex” (5 Ways, n.d.). In order to understand this reason, it is important to know what the prefrontal cortex is responsible for. The prefrontal cortex controls functions such as the difference between what is right and what is wrong, and the “orchestration of thoughts” (5 Ways, n.d.). Because of its functions, the prefrontal cortex has a major role in psychological disorders, such as borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder....   [tags: mental diseases, alternative treatments]
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Eating, Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders - In 2010, eating disorders had a reported 7,000 deaths each year. Not only this, but 3%-5% of children under the age of 18 have an anxiety disorder. Also 15% of all bipolar disorder patients have committed suicide. Eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders are all prevalent today throughout all ages. Even middle schoolers. Eating Disorders Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that usually involve eating too little or too much food to the harmful point of both physical and mental health....   [tags: bulemia, anorexia nervosa, ]
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Bipolar Disorder Manic Episode - Bipolar Disorder Manic Episode Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out activities of daily living (NIMH, 2009). People with bipolar disorder usually experience “mood episodes” (NIMH, 2009). An overly joyful or overexcited state is called a manic episode (NIMH, 2009). A manic episode is a distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and abnormally and persistently increased goal-directed activity or energy, lasting at least 1 week, and present most of the day, nearly every day (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)....   [tags: psychology, treatments, behavioral therapy]
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Categories of Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder (Formerly known as Manic Depression) is a mental illness linked to alterations in moods such as mood swings, mania, and depression. There is more than one type, Bipolar I and Bipolar II, and the subcategories are divided by the severity of the symptoms seen, such as cyclothymic disorder, seasonal mood changes, rapid cycling disorder and psychosis. Age of onset usually occurs between 15-30 years old with an average onset of 25 years old but it can affect all ages. (Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts General Hospital , 2013) Bipolar disorder affects more than two million people in the United States every year....   [tags: mental illness, moods, depression] 2518 words
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Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents - Case Study In this paper, I will present a case study in which I will describe the struggles of living with an adolescent diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I will discuss the case, the family relationships, the causes and diagnosis, and the treatment options currently available to those with bipolar disorder in general. The purpose of my paper is to make the reader aware of what goes on in the life of an adolescent with bipolar disorder type II. VR is a vibrant, beautiful, fun loving 17 year old....   [tags: health, spectrum disorder]
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Depression and Bipolar Disease - Mood disorder Mood disorder is the change that occurs randomly in the state of mind. A person may feel sad or grouchy from time to time. He seems to be happy for a moment, but abruptly loses his happy mode, and dives to the depression mode. This is how a person with mood disorder acts. An unstable mental state takes place in this disorder, which not only affects mentally, but also physically....   [tags: mood disorder, dysthymic disorder] 1181 words
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Bipolar and Unipolar Disorder - People go through different moods all the time; however, when the moods become cycling or a person encounters depression that changes how he or she interacts with his or her daily activities, this person maybe dealing with bipolar or unipolar disorder. Even though these two disorders are similar, there are marked differences, different causes, and different treatment. Bipolar and Unipolar Disorder Bipolar and unipolar are two different disorders that affect millions of people; however, there are differences in between the two mood disorders....   [tags: Mental Disorders]
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Characteristics of Bipolar Disorder - BIPOLAR DISORDER Bipolar disorder (BD) characterized by rapid mood change (mania, hypomania or euthymia) & alteration of depression is also commonly well-known as manic-depressive disorder. Affected people experience various episodes like intense emotion (manic episode), overexcited (manic episode), extremely sad (depressive episode)& both mania and depressive together (mixed episode). Those symptoms have profoundly negative impact on patient’s social and personal life. According to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM), bipolar disorder (BD) has been classified mainly in two types....   [tags: rapid mood change, mania, depression]
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What´s a Bipolar Disorder? - Bipolar disorder is generally a term that society and the media have stigmatized as something horrid. A mental illness that has labeled the individual as crazy due to the extreme pendulum of mood swings. Where we know the individual diagnosed with the disorder is usually happy, sad, irritated, and depressed all in a short period of time. Often times when typically functioning people cringe at the idea of having the mental illness. For myself, I would have to honestly state that I was once one of those individuals....   [tags: diagnosis, treatment] 1792 words
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder also known as manic depression has always been a mystery since the 16th century. History has shown that it can appear in almost everyone. Bipolar disorder causes mood swings in energy, thinking, and other behavior. Having a bipolar disorder can be very disabling (Kapczinski). A study was evaluated and about 1.3% of the U.S population of people suffers from bipolar disorder. Stressors and environmental influences can trigger and cause a person to go through numerous episodes. Bipolar disorder is characterized according to the severity of the stages....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder, also commonly referred to as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual and heightened swings in a person’s mood, energy level, and ability to function. The symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe and therefore, they are quite different from the normal shifts in mood that everyone goes through on a daily basis. The effects of bipolar disorder can result in broken relationships, poor performance at work or school, self-mutilation, and even suicide. However, in most instances, bipolar disorder can be treated and people with this illness can lead normal and productive lives with the help of medication and therapy....   [tags: Psychiatry]
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder What is bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is one of the many mood disorders that are often overlooked and should not be taken lightly. It is sometimes called manic-depressive illness or manic-depression, which involves cycles of depression and mania. Sometimes the mood switches from high to low and back again. Bipolar disorder is a complex physiological and psychological disorder that can influence and manipulate a person's thoughts and actions in their daily life. Although it has yet to be found of what causes this disorder, experts however have found out that it may run in the family, as well as genetics being part of the cause....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Bipolar Disorder - Mental illness comes in many forms one of the most prevalent forms facing people today is depression. The realm of depression encompasses many different types and forms, some of these are, Seasonal Affect Disorder commonly called SAD, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum, Chronic Depression, and situational depression to name a few. When many people think about depression they think about a person who is stereotypically down on life. However they don’t see the people who suffer from extreme highs, as well as extreme lows....   [tags: Health, Diseases] 1289 words
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder, (manic-depressive disorder) is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Mood shifts may occur only a few times a year, or as often as several times a day. In some cases, bipolar disorder causes symptoms of depression and mania at the same time (Bipolar Disorder, 2013)....   [tags: manic-depressive disorder]
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Bipolar Disorder - Introduction Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that causes unique changes in mood, energy levels and ability to perform day to day tasks. The National Institute of Mental Health’s website states that people suffering from bipolar disorder experience “mood episodes”. Which can either be expressed as overly elated, known as a manic episode, or a state of extreme sadness known as depressive episodes. Bipolar disorder affects approximately 3% of the population in the United States (U.S Department of Health and Human Services, 2009)....   [tags: medication, brain activity, fMRI, treatment]
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar is a mental illness, currently in the DSM-IV, and the main thing it affects is the mood. It is known for its range of depressive and manic episodes, like an up and down continuum, or a roller coaster or moods. There are two different categories of Bipolar disorder: Bipolar I, also known as manic-depression, and Bipolar II. It is an extremely common mental illness. According to WebMD, approximately 6 million people in the United States suffer from Bipolar disorder, about 2.5%. With numbers that high, it is likely that all of us has come across someone with Bipolar and may have not even known it....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Bipolar Disease - Bipolar disorder is not an easy illness to detect. The patient might suffer for years before he or she is diagnosed and treated. Bipolar disorder can have a lot of results, some of these could end up with damaged relationships, poor jobs or school performance, and even suicide. Although this long- term illness can cause a lot of problems in patients, treating it correctly can lead the patient to have a full and productive life. Bipolar disorder is a brain illness caused by an underlying problem with specific brain circuits, and the balance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters....   [tags: Brain Illness, Mental Health]
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Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder is a serious and complicated mood disorder characterized by abnormal fluctuations between an individual’s high and low moods. Mania, Depression, Hypomania and Mixed Episodes are the predominant moods that can be identified in the different forms of Bipolar Disorder (GlaxoSmithKlein, 2007). The etiology, symptomology, and treatment for each mood and form of Bipolar Disorder vary as well. Moods can be identified by a person’s level of happiness, sadness, outlook on life and how he may physically feel (Mondimore, 2006)....   [tags: Psychology, mania, hypomania, depression]
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Information: Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder is classified as a chronic illness that may require a life-long treatment plan to keep under control. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive disorder. A person that has bipolar disorder can experience drastic variations in their moods ranging from manic highs to depressive lows. Bipolar experiences can vary all depending on the individual. Through this paper we will look at the influences, causes, symptoms, and treatments of this disease. Over two million Americans are diagnosed with bipolar disorder....   [tags: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Effects]
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Blurred Gender Lines of Bipolar Disorder - “When one is diagnosed with manic depression, one’s status as a rational person is thrown into question. What it means to be rational or irrational depends on what notions of personhood are in play, notions that must be understood in their cultural context” (Martin, 2007). In American culture we have a blurred line between what is rational and what is irrational. The biggest blurred line is between what is rational for a man and what is rational for a woman. Mania and depression that is within the context of bipolar disorder cross that line because today in American culture mania is considered a male characteristic, while depression is considered a highly female characteristic....   [tags: rationality, comorbidity, manic depression]
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Understanding Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder is a complex psychological disorder, a mental illness also known as manic depression. In Margarita Tartakovsky’s article “Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet” she states “Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults have bipolar disorder.” People who are affected by this condition experience brutal mood swings that could impair their daily activities and have a negative effect on their lives and relationships. It can cause the individuals to make very poor decisions and even lead to drug and alcohol abuse....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents - Just for a moment, imagine being a child who is unable to have a stable youth because of recurrent episodes of major depression with manic symptoms, intermingled with phases of normal behavior and hypomanic periods. Bipolar disorder – also called manic-depressive disorder – is a disorder that entails severe mood swings; fluctuating from the most horrible depressions to the most euphoric and energetic phases (Birmaher, 2013). The DSM-IV TR portrays Bipolar I Disorder as an illness during which a patient is affected by mood changes that last from weeks to months....   [tags: Manic Depressive Disorder]
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Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Fact or Fiction? - While the United States has seen an apparent epidemic of pediatric bipolar disorder cases over the past two decades, other countries’ numbers have remained flat. Experts in the field are sharply divided on the existence of this epidemic. There are books and studies, as well as documented cases which tend to support the notion of an epidemic. There are also books, research studies, documented cases of misdiagnoses, and even malpractice suits which question the validity of this epidemic. Kathleen Stassen Berger touched on the subject in her text, Developing Person through Childhood and Adolescence....   [tags: misdiagnosis, malpractice lawsuits]
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Psychiatric Evaluation and Diagnosis of Virginia Woolf - I have chosen to write about Virginia Woolf, a British novelist who wrote A Room of One’s Own, To the Lighthouse and Orlando, to name a few of her pieces of work. Virginia Woolf was my first introduction to feminist type books. I chose Woolf because she is a fantastic writer and one of my favorites as well. Her unique style of writing, which came to be known as stream-of-consciousness, was influenced by the symptoms she experienced through her bipolar disorder. Many people have heard the word "bipolar," but do not realize its full implications....   [tags: Bipolar Disorder]
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George Lawler´s Bipolar Disorder - ... In junior high school, Lawler was in a football team. He would neglect the team and not show up for practices or games. His coach addressed his concern with Lawler. Later on, Lawler continued to have episodes of depression. Along with depression, he showed signs of suicide and he had trouble sleeping (Case Study). The main character that brings upon a conflict with Lawler is his unstable relationship with his father. Lawler’s father was also a high school coach but for football (Case Study)....   [tags: behavior, depression, emotion, coach] 788 words
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Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Evaluating the Possible Causes and Treatments - Author J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “[that] there is some good in this world, and it's [sic] worth fighting for.” But, imagine a world where you cannot see the good one day, but then the next every single detail of life is good. In order to understand what it is like to have your emotions throws around like they are in a hurricane, you must first understand what it is to be bipolar. If a person would like to better understand bipolar disorder, he would have to look at the life of a patient with the disorder, and understand the definition, causes, symptoms, and treatments for the disorder....   [tags: manice, the hypomanic, depressive phase]
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The Link Between Creativity and Bipolar Disorder, Annotated Bibliography - ... The participants gave responses as “like” or “dislike” to those figures (Barron & Welsh, 1952). Creative people were supposed to dislike simple and symmetric symbols. The results of the study showed that people with bipolar disorder and creative controls scored higher on BWAS-Total and BWAS-Dislike than healthy controls. (Santosa et al.,2006). THE LINK BETWEEN CREATIVITY AND BIPOLAR DISORDER There is another research conducted in Stanford University in 2005. The aim of the study was investigating creativity in offspring of people with bipolar disorder....   [tags: medication, research] 857 words
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Genetic Evidence Reveals Clues to Roots of Bipolar Disorder - Genetic Evidence Reveals Clues to Roots of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a disorder characterized by periods of mania alternating with periods of depression, usually interspersed with relatively long intervals of normal mood (bipolar 2010). Bipolar can be a very debilitating psychological disorder, characterized by erratic and extreme changes in ones personality. An individual with bipolar may experience weeks or months of depression with alternating periods of mania, at which point the person may become hyperactive, irritable, restless and experience a rush thoughts and ideas....   [tags: Psychology]
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Bipolar Disorder: The Roller Coaster Ride From Hell - Bipolar Disorder: The Roller Coaster Ride From Hell Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that is often misdiagnosed, left untreated and misunderstood by the patient, family and friends. Its treatment varies among the different types of the disorder. The forms of Bipolar are characterized by symptoms of the patient and the symptoms are treated according to the patient’s needs. However, many symptoms are often misdiagnosed and untreated. This mistreatment or lack of treatment can lead to devastating results....   [tags: mental illness, proper treatment] 1374 words
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Comorbid disorders: Bipolar Disorder and Substance Dependence - This paper begins by providing information regarding bipolar disorder and then opens up to include substance abuse and dependence as a co-occurring disorder. With the two presented, the bulk of this paper hopefully provides some insight into why treatment of these co-occurring disorders is ineffectual. As of yet, research has not provided us with useful insight into the relationship between the two disorders. We continue to ask questions related to which was first or if they result from something else....   [tags: Bipolarity, psychiatry, abuse]
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Bipolar Dissorder: A Brief Summary - The event of bipolar disorder has been a mystery since the 16th century. Records have shown that this problem can appear in almost anyone. It is clear that in our social world many people live with bipolar disorder. Regardless of the number of people suffering from the disease, we are still waiting for an explanation regarding the causes and cure. One fact of which we are aware, is that bipolar disorder severely undermines its’ victims ability to obtain and maintain social and occupational success....   [tags: essays research papers] 1728 words
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