Symptoms And Treatment Of Bipolar Disorder

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Understanding Depakote Samuel Ramsey San Diego City College

Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive disorder, is a disease that affects thousands of people all over the United States of America. According to Sarris (2011) approximately 1-2% of adults will be affected by bipolar disorder in their lifetime. While some individuals may go undiagnosed, the prevalence percentage can raise to as much as 4% when including milder subclinical presentations (Sarris, 2011). Bipolar disorder can cause severe dysfunction in the lives of those afflicted with it. Family life, job status, and other social experiences can all be negatively impacted. This is especially true of people who do not obtain treatment for their condition. Bipolar disorder often runs in the family and research has suggested that certain individuals with certain genes are more likely to develop bipolar disorder than those without (National Institute of Mental Health). Other risk factors appear to be a play in the development of bipolar disorder but scientists do not yet fully understand how or why these factors interact to cause bipolar disorder (National Institute). For example, “Studies of identical twins have shown that the twin of a person with bipolar illness does not always develop the disorder, despite the fact that identical twins share all of the same genes” (National Institute). Bipolar disorder causes sufferers to undergo severe mood swings, going from…
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