Bipolar Disorder ( Bipolar ) Essay

1551 Words May 30th, 2016 7 Pages
More than six million american adults suffer from bipolar disorder in a given year. The disorder may begin in the early of adulthood and continues throughout life. Bipolar disorder is a manic depressive illness. A brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day to day tasks.

There are four basic types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar I disorder is defined by manic episodes that last at least seven days or manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Bipolar II disorder is defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes but not the full blown manic episodes. Cyclothymic disorder (also called cyclothymia) defined by numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms as well humorous periods of depressive symptoms lasting for at least two years. Other specified bipolar and related disorders are defined by bipolar disorder symptoms that do not match the three categories.

People with the disorder are not highly emotional. They experience moments of mood and energy that are excessively high and irritable to sad and hopeless with moments of normal mood in between. Mood episode includes symptoms of both manic and depressive symptoms which is called an episode with mixed features. People with mixed features may feel very sad, empty or hopeless.

Eleven and sixteen percent of people with bipolar disorder have had a violent episode. Episodes typically occur during extreme moods or…

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