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What is Bipolar Disorder-2

What is Bipolar Disorder-2

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Published by: Victoria Pineda on Mar 15, 2011
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-Psychiatric Disorder dealing with fluctuation in mood -Individuals alternate between states of between states of deep depression and extreme elation - Categorized by a episode of at least one very high energy level, cognition or mood - The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines Bipolar disorder as being ³characterized by the occurrence of one or more manic or mixed episode often accompanied by depressive episodes.´

Who does Bipolar disorder affect?
‡ Bipolar Disorder is equally common among men and women in the United States ‡ Even children can get it ‡ However, most symptoms show up in the early twenties ‡ Those who were abused as children statistically have higher rates of bipolar disorder ‡ Almost 2.3 million people suffer from Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Statistics
‡ ‡ In America, 5.7 million adults are affected by bipolar which is about 2.6% of the population in the U.S. Age of onset (median) is 25 years old but illness can start early in childhood or as late as 40 s or 50 s. Bipolar is more common in youth then as it is in adults. According to statistics, 20% of the youth that deal with major depression, will get bipolar within a 5-year frame from the start of depression 3.4 milion children & young adults who have depression might develop the bipolar disorder.

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How Brain/Body Is Affected
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Bipolar affects the mental processes and the emotions. Mainly known for the swings between high and low mood, as well as constant change in energy levels. High mood cause patients to indulge in more risky behavior and act more impulsive and recklessly Low mood cause patients to have a lack of motivation Bipolar Depression affects the body systems such as sleeping and eating habits due to the constant weariness and increased or decreased appetite. They also experience chronic pain affecting the whole body & may have suicidal thoughts that could lead them to harm their body in some way. It is believed that people with bipolar disorder have either too high or too low amounts of the brain·s major neurotransmitters that influence that mood (i.e. serotonin, norepinephrine & dopamine)

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people experience abnormally elevated (manic or hypomanic) Not everyone's symptoms are the same, and there is no simple physiological test to confirm the disorder. They usually have a high rate of suicides. There is many times a depressional stage followed by a state of elation, or the vice versa

People it affects
‡ It s definitely going to affect the patient s family members because they have to take of the patient s health and actions. ‡ The patient is also a victim because a factor contributes a lot to Bipolar Disease is familyabuse in childhood. ‡ It may also affects people working around because of patient s inconstant personality.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Untreated bipolar can lead to problems in your life to your health. . There are ways to treat bipolar. . Medication, therapy, lifestyle changes and social support combined could treat this disorder. . It requires long term treatment. . Have a chart of daily life events, mood symptoms, and hours of sleep. This can help the docter know which medication will work. . Some Medications are- ex. Mood stabilizing medication, Lithium, Thyroid, and olanzapine. . There is no cure for bipolar disorder. Proper treatment can help people get better control of their mood swings. . Treating this disorder as early as possible can reduce the the chance of getting worse.

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