Bipolar Disorder And Schizophrenia Disorder

1354 Words Mar 13th, 2016 6 Pages
An Unquiet mind was a fascinating book about the life of Kay Redfield Jamison and her battle with manic-depressive disorder, otherwise known as bipolar disorder. This memoir gave an intelligent perspective of the emotional battle people face when dealing with bipolar disorder, as well as an understanding on the reality and nature of this illness. This book follows very closely to the research based on bipolar disorder, which gave a good informational perspective as well as emotional insight. Through reading this book, articles on bipolar disorder, and research it gave a powerful analysis of how we as nurse should care for patients who have bipolar disorder.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks (2015). It is characterized by shifts from manic highs to depressive lows. Scientists are continuing to study the causes of bipolar disorder but they believe that there is no single cause rather many factors that work together to produce the illness. With the use of a MRI machine, they have found that some images of the brain show that people with bipolar disorder may have different characteristics in the brain then that of people who do not have a mental disorder. They believe that bipolar disorder runs in families and that people with a certain gene are more likely to develop the illness (Wellman, 2007). In the memoir, An…
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