Bipolar Disorder And Its Effect On Children

3715 Words Dec 17th, 2014 15 Pages
Bipolar disorder is typically a condition that affects people in their late teens and early adulthood. It is usually not thought to affect a child but it is something that, if present at a young age, can seriously affect the way a child grows up. Bipolar disorder affects every aspect of a person’s life and is not as understood as it should be. Researchers are still looking for the cause of this illness and how it can be treated but overall it is a condition that many people are undereducated on and that is something I’m hoping this paper might be able to change for some.
Bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is “a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels,” and is also referred to as manic-depressive illness (NIMH). Bipolar disorder is much more severe than just having normal day-to-day mood swings and can make doing normal tasks hard for anyone who has been diagnosed with this condition. Bipolar disorder can greatly affect how one forms relationships and how they interact with their peers because of the way they react in situations and they way they may treat people. Bipolar disorder is much different than just being depressed as it causes one to be all over the place with their emotions at times and can make it hard for them to participate in regular daily activities.
Researchers are unsure as to what exactly causes bipolar disorder, but they do believe that it runs in families. Those with…
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