Essay On Bipolar Disorder

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People who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder are usually on a regimen of mood stabilizers. According to the study published by Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical & Experimental those who suffer from mental illness are regularly prescribed many psychotropic medications, yet to get effective treatment the patient must adhere to the regimen (Bauer et al., 2010). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the daily amount of medications that the patient took was associated with the patient’s self-reported adherence of taking a mood stabilizer (Bauer et al., 2010). The methods used were data collection in which 312 patients with bipolar disorder had to document sleep, mood, and the medications like lithium or valproate that…show more content…
Bipolar disorder is a serious chronic mental illness that can change the way individuals think, perceive and remember information. According to the study done by Cognitive Therapy & Research, negative attributional styles and maladaptive attitudes can bring out a depressive state especially if one is encountering a stressful life event (Reilly-Harrington et al., 2010). The purpose of this study was to examine how patients with bipolar disorder enrolled in the “Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD)” think and perceive information and how that correlates to the measures of manic and depressive symptoms (Reilly-Harrington et al., 2010). Thus, two measures of cognitive styles such as “Dysfunctional Attitudes Scale (DAS) and the Attributional Style Questionnaire (ASQ)” as well as mood assessments were needed to be completed by 395 out of 500 bipolar patients (Reilly-Harrington et al., 2010). DAS assessed whether the individual supported dysfunctional attitudes such as “I am nothing if a person I love doesn’t love me back” by rating on a “7 point Degree of Belief scale” (Reilly-Harrington et al., 2010, p. 27). Meanwhile, ASQ assessed the attributions for six positive and six negative theoretical events
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