Bipolar And Bipolar Disorder ( Bipolar )

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“Bipolar robs you of that which is you. It can take from you the very core of your being and replace it with something that is completely opposite of who and what you truly are” (A. Reyan 2015). Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that alters a person’s life, they can never go back to who they were before. “It is estimated that more than 10 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder” (everydayhealth.com 2015). Bipolar disorder is broken down into two types; bipolar I and bipolar II disorder. Bipolar I disorder must contain one manic episode in a person’s life. Whereas Bipolar II disorder requires one hypomanic episode to occur. The prevalence of Bipolar disorder is around 4% within the United States, with only 1.0% of that being Bipolar I disorder. “Not a lot of research has been done, to determine which race is more prevalent for this disorder” (NIMH.org 2015). People of lower socioeconomic status have been linked to have higher rates of Bipolar I disorder. “Bipolar I disorder is more common among women than men, with a ratio of ~3:2 (CDC.org 2015). Bipolar I disorder typically develops in a person’s late teen or early adulthood with an average onset age of 25 years old. Bipolar I disorder is defined as ”manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks” (NIMH.org 2015). Symptoms need to last 7 days or have manic symptoms so severe that the person needs…

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