Bipolar Disorder ( Bipolar ) Essays

992 Words Oct 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Bipolar Disorder According to the National institute of Mental health, Bipolar Disorder or manic-depressive illness is a mental health disorder which is characterized by shifts in mood, activity, energy, and ability to complete daily tasks (NIMH, 2016a, p.1). There are four types of the Bipolar Disorder. The four types of Bipolar Disorder include Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic Disorder, and specified and unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders. (NIMH, 2016a, p.1). The main symptom associated with Bipolar Disorder is extreme shifts in mood, behavior, and activity. The shifts are either manic/hypomanic or depressive. A person having a manic episode might appear very elated and talkative. They may also have racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, have a lot of energy, have an increase in activity, and participate in unusual behaviors such as spending a lot of money or being promiscuous (Mayo Clinic, 2014,p2.). A person having a depressive episode will seem very sad, lack interest, have little energy and, have trouble sleeping. They will also worry a lot, eat too much or too little, and have thoughts of death and suicide. Sometimes, a Bipolar episode can have mixed features in which both manic and depressive symptoms are present (NIMH, 2016a, p.2).
There seems to be a multitude of factors that increase the risk of a person acquiring Bipolar Disorder. According to Mayo Clinic, some of the risk factors include periods of high stress, major life changes such as…

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