Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar Disorder

Everyone has ups and downs in their mood; such as happiness, sadness, and anger that are normal emotions and an essential part of everyday life. In contrast, Bipolar Disorder is a medical condition in which people have mood swings out of proportion, or totally unrelated, to things going on in their lives. These swings affect thoughts, feelings, physical health, behavior, and functioning. Those who have children know it is rough enough at times to keep one’s composure, but could you imagine being a parent of a child with a mental illness. All children have temper tantrums and episodes where their behavior tests their parents’ patience. However, picture one of these episodes lasting anywhere from one to three months
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This can also cause problems in finding the right medicine for children because as they grow, their weight, metabolism, hormones, and brain structure changes (Noshpitz et al, 1997). A patient’s prognosis depends on the right medicines, right dosage, a very informed patient, a good working relationship with a competent medical doctor, a competent supportive therapist, a supportive family, and a balanced lifestyle including a regulated stress level, regular exercise and regular sleep and wake times (Noshpitz et al, 1997). The cause of Bipolar Disorder is not easy to pin point. Over the years more research has been done to determine that it may be biological. Serotonin activity often parallels norepinephrine activity in unipolar depression and because of this researchers believed that mania would also be related to high serotonin activity, but this hasn’t been determined (Comer, 2005). Instead, research suggests that mania, like depression, could be linked to low serotonin activity and that this activity opens the door to a mood disorder (Comer, 2005). Many theorists believe children inherit a biological predisposition to develop Bipolar Disorder (Comer, 2005). Researchers have conducted genetic linkage studies to identify possible patterns in inheritance of bipolar disorders (Comer, 2005). The researchers select large families that have

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