The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder Essay

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Learning about personality disorders has proven to be a challenge to me, because I have constantly found myself worrying about all of the little symptoms I see in both myself and my friends. It feels like I’m constantly trying to diagnose us because they are mostly late onset diseases. Though there were many interesting points, to read the article The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder only served to aid that silly concern. The first part of the article that stood out to me was the fact that the onset of Maria Doe´s illness was insidious, gradual, and inexorable.” How scary it must be to all of the sudden start to feel like you aren’t yourself and things are getting bad but to not be able to do anything about it. She talks …show more content…
To me, this is a loss of connection that is scary. I have only been able to survive some of the toughest parts of my life because of the people who have stood by me, listened, and understood how I felt. To lose this connection and feel disapproval instead would make things incredibly challenging for me. The third section that created vivid imagery for me was when she began to describe the doors of the psych-unit closing and the way she lost her “identity as a wife, mother, teacher and writer and transformed into patient, room number and diagnosis.” As we have learned about in this class, so many disorders and feelings come back to the fear of a loss of control. When she lost all of those labels that made up who she is, she lost every piece of control she had. Later on it also discusses how sometimes she is hypomanic and goes through a period of hallucination, which is another devastating way of losing control. The fourth idea relates back to the loss of control, but more to the way the doctors weren’t truly listening to her. She talks about the fear that comes with trying new medicines and the concern that they might change her personality completely and create someone new. When she brings it up, the doctor says that it won’t change her but simply help her find the happier version of herself. For her this isn’t reassuring, and the medications do end up making her feel like she is “vanishing,” losing all concept of who

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