Essay about George Lawler´s Bipolar Disorder

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George Lawler is a thirty five year old man who is a high school track coach was taken to a psychiatric hospital and was admitted for Bipolar I disorder. Lawler has been going through series of both major and manic depressive episodes. He also is delusional and thinks he is an Olympic team coach. Lawler’s delusions show that he has a very high self-esteem and dignity. Lawler would not sleep much either. There would be times where he would not sleep for a long period of time. His thoughts are on warp speed and it causes to have him “talking a mile a minute” (Case Study). Lawler also displays a high level in goal directed behavior (NIMH). He stayed proactive by planning the night before for the next track meet. Lawler was highly determined…show more content…
Lawler’s father was an alcoholic. Because of this Lawler would not drink with his team when he was in high school (Case Study). From have the experience of knowing how his father was when he was drinking, it may have portrayed a negative picture to Lawler and thus he refuses to indulge into drinking. His father joined the Alcoholics Anonymous group and there after he stopped drinking. According to the case study “Everyone agreed that the change in his behavior was remarkable” (Case Study). From this we can come to an understanding that Lawler’s father’s behavior prior to the AA meeting must have been a brutal one. Lawler looked at his father as a tough individual. In comparison to his father, Lawler felt that he is nowhere near of what his father was. He felt weak and he felt like a failure. These emotions prove that it has affected him and brought him into depression (Case Study). Lawler in college started to a build a relationship with his girlfriend. However, due to this depression, he would project his feelings and always blame his girlfriend for everything. He projected his feelings of being nothing onto his girlfriend (Case Study). Lawler might be holding in anger that he has towards his father and he is now projecting it out on into his relationship (Case Study). Lawler felt that he needs to impress his father and become someone like him. He started to show love for his father more and more (Case Study). In his family, besides his father, Lawler’s
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