Bipolar Disorder : A Psychological Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that is becoming a serious medical condition and health concern in this country. It is also known as manic-depressive illness or manic-depressive disorder. The disorder causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and the ability to carry out day to day tasks. The symptoms are different from normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. The mental condition involves having a person alternate between feelings of mania and depression. Bipolar disorder is a complex psychological disorder that can influence and manipulate a person’s thoughts and actions in his or her daily life. Experts have found that bipolar disorder tends to run in families (Goodwin & Sachs, 2010). Genetics is one of the few causes of bipolar disorder. A study done on twins showed that people with a blood relative who has bipolar disorder have a higher risk of developing it themselves. About half of the people with bipolar disorder have a relative with a mood disorder. Research has shown that people with certain genes are more likely to develop bipolar disorder than others. If one of the child’s biological parents has bipolar disorder, the child is more than likely to have the disorder. If both of the child’s biological parents have bipolar disorder, the percentage of the child having bipolar disorder is even higher. However, there is no single gene that is responsible for bipolar disorder.
Research shows that there are factors besides genes that are at…
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