Major Depressive Disorder And Bipolar Disorder

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Abstract
Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder are both mental illnesses that are debilitating. Normal functioning becomes increasingly difficult as either disorder takes hold of the mind and impacts every facet of the patient’s life. With an increased risk of suicide, they can even lead to an early death. Studies continue on both genetic and environment influences in mental disorders, but neuroscientific research finds out more with each study about how the brain impacts our mental abilities and inabilities. As research opens doors, better treatments can be explored and developed with both medication and psychotherapy. Biological information on mental illness can also help remove the stigma associated with mental illness that tends to belittle the importance of treatment. The more individuals who seek treatment, the more lives who can be positively impacted and even saved. This paper will take a look at several studies that have been performed regarding Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Each study deals with biological issues and their impacts on mental illness.
Keywords: Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder.
The Biological Basis of Mood Disorders: Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Bipolar Disorder (BD) both can have devastating impacts on the lives of those they affect. A major depressive episode was experienced by an estimated 16.1 million adults in 2015 (NIMH, n.d.). MDD is also…
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