Bipolar Disorder : A Common And Debilitating Mood Disorder

1340 Words May 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Corey Brooks
PSY 113-01
Dr. Shamberg
29 April 2016

Bipolar Disorder The Bipolar disorder (AKA) manic depression is a common and debilitating mood disorder which causes extreme shifts in energy and mood. The word bipolar means that the two main polar extremes in which a person with the disorder experiences. According to part of the National Institutes of Health that watches over neurological and psychological research this disorder affects about 2.1 million adults in the United States and about 1 percent of the entire world. The first signs of this disorder usually appear in childhood and early adulthood, with cases rarely happening in childhood, no discoveries have been made to determine a difference in rate of occurrence among people with differing races or ethnicities. Bipolar disorder can sometimes be comorbid with many other disorders, like panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and substance dependence. There are three different types of bipolar disorder most of which are characterized by the presence and rate of occurrence of specific episodes, of which there are many kinds. The manic episodes usually last for at least a week and are characterized by a constant irritable and elevated or heightened mood like happiness, impulsiveness, and sociable. People that suffer from manic episodes will more often than not, have racing thoughts and will speak using quick short choppy sentences.…
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