Maintenance Treatment of Bipolar Disorder Essay example

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Maria grew up in a small town in Ohio as an only child. She was always energetic from the time she was born and a little moody at times. Her parents thought it was normal because their son would have an attitude at times too. It was when she graduated college and started her first career. As top chief at a new restaurant in town, she was stressed to the max dealing with a full staff and managers who like telling her what she should do. At the time, she was also dealing with a messy breakup from her fiancé of 9 months. After about 4 months of this constant stress Maria decided she was going to take a week off and let her staff run the restaurant. However, she did not show to work after her week off and no one had heard from …show more content…
In Maria ’s mind, she thought she was just stressed and did not think there was a bigger problem.
In the study conducted by Duffy, Alda, Hajeck, Sherry, and Grof (2010), they looked at offspring from either a control group (parents who were healthy) or the experimental group (one parent with Bipolar Disorder). They followed the same children over 15 years and compared their answers on a KSADS-PL interview. Within this study, they had 207 high-risk offspring, and 87 controlled offspring. Of them 60% were female participants, and they were in mid adolescents when asked to participate in the study. Their results showed that of those studied in the high-risk group (offspring of one parent with Bipolar Disorder) 67 of the 207 developed a form of Bipolar Disorder. Of the 87 offspring in the control group (neither parent had Bipolar) only one developed the disorder.
Duffy et al, found that offspring who were decedents of Bipolar parents were at higher risk not only for Bipolar, but other mood disorders as well, including non-mood disorders, sleep problems, anxiety, and substance abuse. As well most of the symptoms for Bipolar and other disorders showed up earlier in those offspring of a parent with the disorder. They reported however, that majority of the children who were first-degree relatives would not get the Bipolar Disorder. For those children who do…