Taking a Look at Bipolar Disorder

1059 Words Feb 18th, 2018 4 Pages
It is interesting to analyze how the brain and moods are affected by bipolar disorder and what treatments are available to get it back to a stable stage.

A brief overview of the disease:

Bipolar disorder (bipolar affective disorder or manic-depressive disorder) is a long-term disorder where a person’s mood fluctuates between severe depression (lows) and mania (highs), with normal moods in between (sometimes). The time spent in and between extremes could last a few days, weeks, months or even years. There are also instances where no time between extremes is experienced and up to 4 mood fluctuations are experienced per year, this is dubbed Rapid Cycling. Bipolar is not mood swings, they do not merely last up to a few hours. There are treatments for bipolar disorder but it is not curable, the condition can only be improved.

History of Bipolar Disorder:

A common practice, by many people in ancient Greece, was to have people with bipolar disorder executed. This was due to society adopting the idea from religious practices that people with this disorder were possessed by demons. The ancient Greeks also discovered that the use of lithium salts in baths, treated bipolar disorder to an extent. In the late 17th century, Theophilus Bonet published a book titled Sepuchretrum, in which he linked…
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