Bipolar and Unipolar
University of Phoenix
Author's Note: This paper is being submitted on April 13,2014 for Bill Noffsinger's PSY/270 class.
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Bipolar and Unipolar There are many different types of diseases that a person can have that could cause depression, but the main two tend to be Unipolar and bipolar. Unipolar is a condition that is caused when a person just has depression, while bipolar is when a person has highs such as mania and lows such as depression. When you hear people talk about being diagnosed with or treated for depression, they are often referring to unipolar depression. There
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If you are manic, you are very social, have poor judgement due to the lack of impulse control, and the most dangerous part is you don't think you have a problem. The neurotransmitter system has received a great deal of attention as a possible cause of Bipolar Disorder. Researchers have known for decades that a link exists between neurotransmitters and mood Disorders, because drugs which alter these transmitters also relieve mood Disorders. Some studies hypothesize that a low or high level of a specific neurotransmitter such as serotonin, norepinephrine or dopamine is the cause. Others indicate that an imbalance of these substances is the problem, that a specific level of a neurotransmitter is not as important as its amount in relation to the other neurotransmitters. Still other studies have found evidence that a change in the sensitivity of the receptors on nerve cells may be the issue. In short, researchers are quite certain that the neurotransmitter system is at least part of the cause of Bipolar Disorder, but further research is still needed to define its exact role. Our genes hold all of our hereditary information and provide the “genetic code” that allows our bodies to function, but our environment can affect how our genes function. Half of our genes are inherited