Bipolar Disorder

1485 Words Feb 6th, 2011 6 Pages
Bipolar Disorder

HCA/240

Toni Black

Andrew Bertrand

11/21/2010

What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder, is also known as manic-depressive illness, this is a brain disorder that causes unusual mood swings, energy levels are either up or down and your ability to function a normal everyday life would be a challenge to these individuals with this mental illness. The normal ups and downs that people experience who doesn’t have bipolar disorder is relatively different because with bipolar disorder it is more severe, it can result in loss of jobs, poor school performance, and even thoughts of suicide.
History of Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar disorder is one of the oldest known mental illnesses. Some researchers have revealed
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Fact: Changing your diet and having a healthy support system, with exercise and keeping stress to a minimum are other ways to control bipolar, but medication is the foundation for the treatment for bipolar disorder. The signs and symptoms for bipolar disorder can go from mild to manic at any given time and depending on the individual bipolar looks different. Depending on the person the symptoms will vary from either prone to mania or depression, and then others will switch between the two episodes. There will be some people who will have more mood episodes when others will have only a few in a life time. You also have four types of mood disorders when it comes to bipolar disorder: mania, hypomania, depression, and mixed episodes, each episode has its own symptoms. There are so many different diagnosis for bipolar and different stages when a person can have any of these types of mood disorder here are some symptoms for each of these mood disorders: Mania, talking fast and no one can keep up, thoughts going from one idea to another, not enough sleep but having plenty of energy. Hypomania, having the feeling of euphoric, very energetic, but hypomania can also result in bad decision making. The treatment for bipolar disorder is long term because it is chronic and you through periods of relapse. Most people with bipolar disorder will stop treatment because they have the feeling of getting better but you can’t stop treatment then you
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