Bipolar Disorder: Illness and Treatment

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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. The causes of bipolar disorder are unknown, however most scientist agree that a several number of factors contribute to the causes of the disorder, such as genetics and brain structure and functioning.

Some researchers in the field of psychology speculate that mood disorders such as bipolar disorder promote creative thinking and intense emotions. There is popular evidence that suggest that there is relationship between creativity and mental dysfunction. There are a significant number of famous individuals known for their creative capacity that had suffered from mental illness. Is believed that individuals with psychological problems often have the capacity to see and interpret the world in a unique and original manner, in other words they can see what others can’t. The link between creativity and bipolar disorder are mentioned for the first time in literature in the 1970’s, but the belief of the link between “madness” and “genius” is much older and date back to the times of Aristotle. The Greeks believed that creativity came from the Muses. They believed that a ...

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