Mental Disorder Essay on Bipolar Depression

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Bipolar depression is defined, in Prentice Hall Psychology book, as serve mood swings that differ between major depressive episodes and manic episodes. Many people falsely claim that they suffer from the disorder bipolar depression. National Library of Medicine defines bipolar depression as a condition in which a person has periods of depression and periods of being extremely happy or being cross or irritable. In this essay, one can understand the symptoms, causes, and treatments of bipolar depression. The symptoms of bipolar depression consist of different phases such as manic phase and depressive episodes. The manic phase may last from days to months of elation, hyperactivity, inflated self-esteem, distractibility and insomnia. These symptoms consist of the following: easily distracted, little need for sleep, poor judgment, poor temper control, reckless behavior and lack of self-control (such as drinking, drug use, sex with many partners, spending sprees), very elevated, expansive or irritable mood (such as racing thoughts, talking a lot, false beliefs about self or abilities), and very involved in activities. A depressive episode is a manifestation of a major mood disorder involving an enduring period of some or all of the following signs: significant sadness, tearfulness, decreased appetite, weight loss, sleep and energy disturbance, psychomotor agitation or retardation, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, decreased concentration, thoughts of death, and suicidal ideation. Depressive episodes consist of the following: daily low mood or sadness; difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions; eating problems (such as loss of appetite and weight loss, or overeating and weight gain; fatigue... ... middle of paper ... ...being cross or irritable. The symptoms of bipolar depression consist of different phases such as manic phase and depressive episodes. Manic phase consists of poor judgment and easily distracted, where depressive episodes consist of making decisions, guilt, and hopelessness. There is no specific cause of bipolar depression and the treatment for the bipolar depression disorder ranges from medicine, support groups, and Electroconvulsive therapy. Works Cited "Manic+phase." TheFreeDictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. Board, A.D.A.M. Editorial. Bipolar Disorder. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 31 Jan. 2013. Web. 01 Mar. 2014. "Depressive Episode." Depressive Episode Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. "Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)." Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Mar. 2014. "Antidepressants." TheFreeDictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014.
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