Symptoms And Treatment Of Bipolar Disorder Essay

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INTRODUCTION Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes shifts in mood, energy, and/or activity levels. To put it simply, to carry out day to day activities can become more of a borden with the fluctuation of different moods. People who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience “manic” or “depressive” episodes. Manic episodes are characterized as feeling very “up”, “high” or euphoric. People who are experiencing this episode tend to talk rather quickly about different subjects to stay on the same tract as their thoughts running in their heads. They experience a boost of high energy. It may seem like it’s not something can be harmful, but without the right treatment it can lead to risky behavior. Depressive episodes have the opposite effect than manic episodes. During these episodes, people experience sad, down, empty, or hopeless moods with little energy. If the episode is severe; people with bipolar disorder think of death that can lead to suicide. (NIMH, 2016)

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II. DISORDER & SYMPTOMS Bipolar disorder was commonly referred to as manic-depressive illness but is now known simply as Bipolar. There are four types of the disorder: Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, Cyclothymic Disorder, and Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders. Bipolar I Disorder is defined by manic episodes that can last up to a week or manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs medical care. Depressive…

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