Essay on Bipolar

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Bipolar Disorder
Introduction to Psychology
November 29,2012


Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity, and the ability to function on a daily basis. People in general have many different mood swings, but someone who has bipolar disorder has severe mood swings that may cause damage to personal relationships, job performance, and the ability to function in school. Diagnosing bipolar disorder can be difficult and is not easy to spot when it begins (nimh.com, 2009).
There are many different symptoms of bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder experience “mood episodes”. There are two types of mood episodes. One type is a manic episode which
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The changes are in behavior are huge and completely opposite from their normal behavior. Bipolar II disorder consists of episodes of depressive behavior and mixed emotions. Bipolar disorder not specified is a person who may have symptoms of bipolar disorder but they do not last long. The symptoms are not the person’s normal behavior, but they cannot be diagnosed with bipolar disorder I or II. Cyclothymic disorder is the fourth type of bipolar disorder and is the mildest form of the disease. People with cyclothymic disorder may have mild depression and minor mood swings (nimh.com,2009).
Diagnosing bipolar disorder cannot be done with a simple blood test or medical scan, but the tests can help play a role in properly diagnosing the disease. Attempting to diagnose the disease may also include a physical exam and an interview with a doctor. A mental health professional is the best resource for someone looking to find a diagnosis for symptoms they may be experiencing. Sometimes the doctor will also consult family members of the patient to get information on family medical history and changes in behavior patterns (nimh.com,2009).
Some people may be harder to diagnose with the illness because they may be self medicating with alcohol and drugs. Some people may be experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder and have yet to be diagnosed, so they drink alcohol and take drugs to help themselves feel…

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