Bipolar Disorder : The Facts And The Myths

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Running head: BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar Disorder: The Facts and the Myths
John Payne
American Public University Abstract
This paper is a intended to teach the reader about what Bipolar Disorder is and how it is treated. The facts on bipolar disorder will be discussed, as well as the taboos associated with the disorder and complete myths that have created such stigmas about having and living with bipolar disorder. This paper will discuss what bipolar disorder is, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. Bipolar Disorder: The Facts and the Myths

Bipolar Disorder is a stigmatic disease that affects adults and 1% of adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 each year (Jones, 2015). This disease has been the feature of many recent commercial advertisements, yet it continues to be a mental disorder that no one wants to address or talk about due to the stigmas of being “crazy”. This disorder has many myths associated with it, and being properly informed about the disease process, causes, diagnosis, and treatment will help everyone to better understand how to help individuals with bipolar disorder. Taking away the fear of the disease is the first step forward into treating it.

Bipolar Disorder: What is it?
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive illness is defined by the National Institute of Health as “a brain disorder that cause unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks” (National…

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