Symptoms Center On Intensified Mood Changes And General Mood Abnormalities

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Unquiet Mind The DSM-5 presents four broad symptoms for Bipolar I disorder; these symptoms center on intensified mood changes and general mood abnormalities. This disorder, as Kay Redfield Jamison described in her memoir, alters a person’s life dramatically forever. There are significant long-term distortions, which this disorder brings, but in addition and sometimes more importantly, everyday life can be a challenge for most with Bipolar I disorder. As often perceived, Bipolar disorder does not manifest itself as mood swings or as something one cannot treat. An Unquiet Mind helps readers understand the brutality and complexity of depression, mania and all other related symptoms of manic-depressive illness. It provides a blunt reality…show more content…
She accounts for weeks where she seemed to be fine, where she seemed to be as depressed as one can be and for weeks were her enthusiasms were going on overdrive. The DSM-5 lists 7 additional symptoms, three of which should be occurring in order to make a diagnosis. Jamison mentioned all of these in her book, but above all she struggled most with distractibility. As a professor of psychology, a teacher to many, she painfully recalls times where she wasn’t able to read more than two lines of a book or a research paper. Sometimes it took weeks for her to pass the low and get to the high, where she didn’t need to sleep and instead of reading many, wrote tens of papers and research proposals. Sometimes in a dying need to buy anything and everything Jamison kept telling herself that God will provide the money she doesn’t have. Collecting unnecessary books, furniture and snakebite kits was a manifestation of one of the symptoms, one that lead her to great financial instability. Another rather entertaining story of spending took place in London, where she acquired a book about penguins because she thought it would be nice if they could form a colony. When something like abnormal moods affect one’s social as well as occupational functioning, it can be a great sign of a diagnosable disorder. The
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