Bipolar Disorder Essay

1345 Words Jan 17th, 2014 6 Pages
Bipolar Disorder, also known as a manic depressive illness, is classified as a brain disorder; that causes unusual shifts in the mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry-out day to day tasks. The majority of bipolar individuals experience alternating episodes of mania such as an elevated or euphoric mood or irritable state (US Department of Health 1) (Thackey 127). Bipolar Disorder falls under the category of a mood disorder, 3% of the general population suffers from bipolar disorder. A mood disorder interferes in everyday life with a person for an extended time. The moods that the diagnosis experience do not go away on their own and cannot be shaken off. The illness affects more than just mood, however it also impacts …show more content…
Susie is clearly displaying symptoms of bipolar I disorder.
“She believes that she is a “superwoman” who does not need a male to help her reproduce, therefore having no need for menstruation. She also believes that she was able to switch souls with a senator making her more than eligible for a position within the U.S. government. Finally, she is campaigning for an election that is not even taking place at the time. This all points to psychotic episodes, which is a symptom only present in the bipolar I category. This is not Susie’s first episode of mania and in the past her mania was followed by a deep depression that even led her to suicidal thoughts. However, she does have relatives on both the maternal and paternal sides of her family that have been treated for depression. The relatives were both second generation relatives (i.e. grandparent, aunt, uncle). The age at which her family members were diagnosed with depression is unclear, although it can be assumed that since it was during menopause that her aunt was in the later stages of her life” (Cooper)
Susie is only twenty, so the genetic ties are not as clear in this case, but they do exist .As Susie’s case has demonstrated, bipolar disorder can affect a person’s mood and cause changes in their behavior (Cooper Susie Case study). Lastly, the case study that illustrates bipolar disorder is, When Bipolar Masquerades as a Happy Face At 45, the patient Bruce was at the pinnacle of his career, with

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