Symptoms And Treatment Of Bipolar Disorder

1125 WordsNov 15, 20145 Pages
My patient has been diagnosed with several mental disorders. The major diagnosis would be bipolar disorder. She also suffers from borderline personality disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety. The American Psychiatric Association 's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder defines bipolar disorder as a recurrent mood disorder that includes periods of mania or mixed episodes of mania and depression (Murphy, 2012, p. 44-50). It was previously known as manic depressive disorder. It is most common in young adult hood. It usually affects people in their early twenties. Bipolar disorder does not prejudice any particular gender, age, or race. Bipolar disorder is a disorder that affects a person’s mood. The person’s mood changes from mania to depressive very rapidly. According to Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), bipolar disorder shortens a person’s life expectancy almost ten years, mainly due to suicide. It is very important to know what to look for in a client with bipolar disorder and how to keep those living with this condition safe (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance [DBSA], n.d.). People living with bipolar have moods that change very quickly. Their mood fluctuate from manic to depressive. A manic episode is when a person is very upbeat and energetic. It is described as euphoria to those who have been in this phase of bipolar. It has been said to be the happiest mood a person can be in. This may not seem like
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