Bipolar Disorder And Nursing : Bipolar Disorders

1348 Words Apr 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Dellisa Gordon
Clinical Symposium
April 27, 2016

Bipolar Disorder and Nursing

The central focus of this paper will be Bipolar disorder and how it relates to nursing. Bipolar disorder can be classified into two sections: bipolar I and bipolar II. Bipolar I involves periods of potentially unprovoked mood swings from mania to depression (Joseph Goldberg, 2014). Bipolar II is a less harsh form of mood elevation, causing milder episodes of hypomania that may alternate with spurts of deep depression (Joseph Goldberg, 2014). As a future nurse I am more than likely to cross paths with someone who is bipolar, whether it be in a hospital or residential setting. Bipolar disorder like most disorders has many negative stigmas associated with it. It is important that when treating a patient with bipolar disorder a nurse knows that to expect and what to do but still remain compassionate and caring to the individual. This paper will include assessments, diagnosis, and treatments.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness. It occurs in all races, ethnic groups, and social classes. According to the National Institute of Health. bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year (AnnWieseke, Diana Bantz, & and Deborah L. May, 2011). Males and females are affected the same but males tend to have an earlier onset diagnosis, but typically bipolar disorder reduces life expectancy by an average 9.2 years in the…

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