How Bipolar Disorder Affects The Way A Person 's Brain Works

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Our Invisible Youth Bipolar disorders are one of several different medical conditions called depressive disorders which influence the way a person 's brain works. In the United States alone this is a widespread phenomena and it is estimated that more than 17.4 million people have some type of a depressive disorder each year. This disorder has been arranged into four types of classifications: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. The classifications have been separated to allocate for patient tailored specific treatment needs. Bipolar disorder is indicative to causing acute mood swings that include mania and depression. When a person becomes depressed, they tend to feel a sadness or hopelessness. This in turn will cause them to lose interest in the things that normally they would love to do. However the patient can also have shifts in their mood, which can cause them to feel euphoric and full of energy. These mood shifts can happen only a few times in a year or as much as several times a week. Bipolar signs and symptoms of mania may include a patient racing thoughts, talking to fast paced, insomnia, lack of concentration, poor decision making abilities, and an increased amount of energy that could possibly give them the stamina to commit suicide. Then there are other patients who might show symptoms of depression that include, the loss of importance in their usual activities, long-drawn-out sad or irritable mood, extreme…
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