The Effects Of Bipolar Disorder On The Development Of Self

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Bipolar Disorder is described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) as a mood disorder with manic symptoms. Individuals with the disorder may swing between periods of depression and mania. Bipolar disorder has subtypes characterized by the frequency and intensity of manic and depressive episodes. Onset typically occurs when one is a young adult, but can often occur during the early teen years.
There are numerous developmental considerations to early onset Bipolar disorder which are further examined in our supplemental readings for class. This appears to be an area in much need of further research especially to discover and develop interventions which will assist young adults during this critical and complex developmental stage.
In the article entitled, “I Actually Don’t Know Who I am”: The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on the Development of Self, Inder et al. (2008), focus their attention on psychosocial developmental and the impact Bipolar Disorder has on this stage of development. They describe that the onset of Bipolar Disorder in adults typically occurs prior to the age of twenty. With the peak ages for developing the disorder being between age fifteen and nineteen. The earlier the onset the more likely the individual will be to have increased impairment. Increased impairments can include greater chances of comorbidity as well as an increased suicide risk. In this study the researchers decided to focus on the psychosocial developmental…
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