Symptoms Of Manic Depressive Disorder

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Manic disorder, also known as bipolar disorder, is an illness classified by extreme mood swings from energetic to fatigue, or agitated to happy (vice versa). These occurrences of mood swings can last from a few hours to a few months. Some may even feel happy but depressed at the same time (Watson, 2016). Over 5 million people in the United States struggle with this disorder while symptoms of mania and bipolar I or II cannot be easily diagnosed (Watson, 2016). Most people tend to become diagnosed with this disorder around the age of 25 years old (National Institute of Mental Health). Manic disorder is not constrained to a certain group of people. It can impact any age, race, or gender however, ⅔ of people who have this disorder has a close…show more content…
Known and Suspected Cause of Manic Depressive Disorder Biological Causes of Manic Depressive Disorder There are no known humanistic or Socio-Cultural explanations of manic depressive disorder and no exact causes of manic disorder. However, there are contributing factors that could potentially be causes (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2017). Manic depressive disorder can run in families and can be caused by genetic factors (May Clinic Staff, 2017). It has been discovered that about 50% of people diagnosed with this disorder also has a family member with a mood disorder (Bressert, 2016). Usually, if a parent has this disorder, the child is has a 10%-15% chance of developing the disorder. However, if both parents have manic disorder, then the chances increase to 30%-40% (Bressert, 2016). Manic disorder is categorized as a biological disorder that occurs in the brain. It is caused by neurotransmitters dysfunctioning throughout the brain. Types of neurotransmitters can include: norepinephrine, serotonin, etc… Since this is a biological disorder, it can become active by itself or by psychological stress and social interactions (Bressert, 2016). Behavioral Causes of Manic Depressive Disorder Environmental factors can also contribute to activating this disorder. Life events can activate this disorder, along with altered health habits, alcohol and drug abuse, or an inefficiency of hormones in the brain (Bressert, 2016). Additional factors that can cause a manic
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