Bipolar Is The Most Severe Form Of This Illness

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Ryan Bender Cognitive Psychology Bipolar I Disorder December 4, 2015 Bipolar I Disorder Background There are a wide range of mental disorders, also know also mental illnesses. The conditions of them affect mood, thinking, and behavior. The most common types include major depressions, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, just to name a few. For this paper I am going to discuss and focus on bipolar I disorder being that it is the most severe form of this illness. Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental illness. Individuals with this disorder experience common emotions that become intense and often unpredictable. Individuals with bipolar disorder are known to quickly switch from extremes of happiness, displaying energy and clarity, to sadness, feeling fatigue and confusion. All people with bipolar disorder have manic episodes; irritable moods that abnormally elevate and last at least a week and that cause damaging functioning. Although they all face mood swings, not all individuals with this disorder become depressed. The shifts in their moods can be devastating and traumatic. With the extremity of them, individuals may choose suicide to stop them all together (Kazdin, A. 2000). Bipolar disorder or “manic depression,” known by its older name, is a mental disorder that is characterized by constant mood changes. Individuals experience alternating “highs,” what clinicians call “mania” and “lows” also known as depression. A manic episode
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