Living With Bipolar Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Living with Bipolar Disorder
Smith, J. Segal, and R. Segal (2010) shared that bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that cause shifts in a person’s mood, activities levels, and energy. The symptoms of this mental illness are severe to those affected by it. Some may experience unusually severe high and low patterns in their mood; others may feel suicidal and isolated from the world as well (Smith, J. Segal, & R. Segal 2010).
The Treatment Advocacy Center website (2011) noted that approximately 5.5 million Americans age 18 or older, or 2.6 percent of the adult population are affected by bipolar disorder, and that suicide is the number one cause of premature death among people with bipolar disorder. Of those, 15 percent to 17 percent of the individuals end up taking their own lives as a result of negative symptoms that come from untreated the illness.
Nemade and Dombeck conducted that approximately 3.4 million children and adolescents with depression in the United States may actually be experiencing the early onset of adolescent bipolar disorder, but have not yet experienced the manic phase of the illness. It is also suspected that a great number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD) actually have early-onset bipolar disorder instead of or alongside of ADHD.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition. It runs an unpredictable course of ups and downs. When left untreated, these ups and downs can…
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