Bipolar Disorder And Conflict Management

2237 Words Nov 17th, 2014 9 Pages
Bipolar Disorder and Conflict Management There have been various studies over bipolar disorder but few conducted over conflict management over those with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder can control people’s lives if not managed effectively. Over the course of the semester my goal was to find methods and apply those methods to help better manage conflict while personally dealing with bipolar disorder. I discovered which methods worked best and several new tactics not yet focused on. I also found ways that those involved in the interpersonal relationships I am a part of to help as well. Not only does the person dealing with bipolar disorder need to find methods for dealing with this but also so do those around them to help better …show more content…
Rodseth’s focus was on how easily people can be misdiagnosed which can include, “depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, borderline or antisocial personality disorder, alcohol or substance misuse or dependence, and schizoaffective disorder” (Rodseth 2014, p.549-550). Following the description of various different mistaken diagnoses he described how a long process diagnosis is generally the best option because a misdiagnosis can be detrimental to a patient not only mentally but also physically. A diagnostic tool mentioned was a mood chart, where patients rate their mood every day on a scale where doctors can then range a patients manic and depressed mood swings (p. 550). After being diagnosed a patient’s next step is management and medication. Medication is not the only form of help for a person with bipolar disorder and therapy is a great way to help manage but mood-stabilizing drugs are as well. ***Research by Leffler, Fristad, and Klaus (2010) looks at how bipolar disorder in children is associated with significant psychosocial impairment at home, in school, and with peers (p. 270). It focuses on the children and the management within their families and a certain therapeutic technique labeled pyschoeducational psychotherapy (PEP). “PEP is designed to teach parents and children about mood and co-occurring disorders; pharmacological, mental health, and school-community focused interventions; and coping skills” (p. 270).
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