Symptoms And Treatment Of Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder (BP) is a debilitating mental illness that is found in 2% of the population and that onsets in late adolescence and early adulthood (Fabbri et al., 2014). The causes and treatment of BP are not known however there are many biological and cognitive theories (Myers, 2013). The types of treatment include various medications and types of therapy such as cognitive behavior therapy (Abrams, 2004). The very important question that needs to be asked is whether cognitive behavior therapy is a more effective treatment for bipolar disorder than multiple types of medications. Bipolar disorder is characterized by the polar shift in mood from mania to depression in a set amount of time which can range from hours to months (Fabbri et al., 2014). Unfortunately it is very difficult for a person to deal with their bipolar disorder alone because they need assistance to understand when it is they are dealing with a psychotic break whether it be depression or mania (Myers, 2013). When a person has bipolar disorder there is a high chance that they have another mental illness such as depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, anxiety and eating disorders (Myers, 2013). Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is becoming more common in the treatment for bipolar disorder (Myers, 2013). It is a way to teach a person with BP to deal with their symptoms while research has shown it to be an effective way to treat various mental illnesses other than bipolar disorder such as anxiety (Myers,
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