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Bipolar Disorder: The Angel and Devil In One

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Bipolar Disorder: The Angel and Devil In One There was once a family; however, it was not a happy family. The mother was sick though she did not believe she was sick. She frightens her family with her explosive personality. She would shout at her children, pushing them to the edge and over to do their best. Her husband would constantly plead with her to go to the doctors and to take her medications. She never listened to him. One day when the husband returned from work, he found that his wife had sent out letters to their neighbors, their friends, their children’s teachers, and even to their family accusing them of crimes they had not done. The mother was constantly telling her children that their grandparents, uncles, and aunts were horrible people and are not to be trusted. Eventually the father divorced his wife and took the children with him, leaving the mother alone with nothing. The mother was sick in the mind with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental illness that causes shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks (National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH)). Bipolar disorder, as mention above, affect family and social relationships by changing the individual’s views of themselves and their family members or friends. To begin, many people don’t understand what bipolar disorder is. It is commonly understood as mood shifts; however, it is so much more than that. First, Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affect the individual emotionally. According to an article “Bipolar Disorder” written by the WebMD, “Bipolar Disorder is a long-term chemical imbalance that causes rapid changes in mood and behavior.” It is more fulfilling to learn ... ... middle of paper ... ...R. Emotional Illness in Your Family: Helping Your Relative, Helping Yourself. New York: Macmillan, 1989. Print. "Hotline Information." Bipolar Disorder Statistics. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. "How to Help Someone With Bipolar Disorder." WebMD. WebMD, 01 Jan. 0000. Web. 13 May 2014. Morris, Tammy Lee. "Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Family Member's Perspective." Yahoo Contributor Network. N.p., 21 Apr. 2009. Web. 13 May 2014. Nauert, Rick. "» Bipolar Disorder Affects Daily Life - Psych Central News." Psych Central.com. N.p., 20 Apr. 2009. Web. 11 May 2014. Sherman, Beverly “Email Interview” 13 May 2014. Tartakovsky, Margarita. "» 4 of the Biggest Barriers in Bipolar Disorder - Psych Central." Psych Central.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2014. Yang, Ying-Tung. "Bipolar Disorder." Google Docs. N.p., 02 May 2014. Web. 13 May 2014.
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