Final Paper - Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder also known as manic depression. It is described as a category of mood disorders. Mood disorders are defined by the presence of one or more episodes known as mania and hypomania. Bipolar disorder affects about five million Americans, about 3 out of every 100 adults. This disorder had been found equally in men and women. The signs and symptoms of major depressive episode are feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger, isolation, or hopelessness and disturbances in sleep and appetite, fatigue and loss of interest in everyday activities, problems concentrating, lonliness, self-loathing, apathy, loss of interest in sexual activity, shyness, social anxiety,…show more content…
Bipolar NOS is used to indicate bipolar illness that does not fit into the three other categories. If a person has symtopms of bipolar disorder but does not meet the requirements for the other three categories, they will be diagnosed with Bipolar NOS. There are a few known causes for what causes Bipolar disorder. Genetic studies have been to inconsistent to prove that the disorder may be passed on from generation to generation. Some studies have shown that some children, who later in life, are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, may have shown early traits of the disorder, such as mood swings, or full major depressive episodes. There may also be hypersensitivity and irritability. Studies have shown that life events and experiences can be a factor in being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Medication is sometimes used to help with Bipolar Disorder. Most of the medication used are to prevent depression and manic episodes. Psychosocial therapy is used to relieve some of the symptoms of bipolar Disorder, recognizing episode triggers, and reducing negative emotions in relationships. Bipolar disorder can be severly disabling medical condition. Bipolar Disorder has a high rate of misdiagnosis, and it is often difficult for the patient to receive proper treatment. Patients with a good prognosis are the result of good
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