The Primary Causes Of Bipolar Disorder

1889 WordsNov 6, 20148 Pages
Bipolar disorder is a common, recurrent, and overwhelming mood disorder, which causes extreme shifts in activity levels, mood, energy and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. This type of disorder does not only affect one group of people; it holds no prejudice. Bipolar disorder can sometimes be linked with several other disorders, including panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and substance dependence. Many people assume that bipolar disorder only affects mood, which is incorrect. In fact, bipolar disorder also affects your energy level, judgment, memory, concentration, sleeping patterns, self-esteem and appetite. The first signs of this disorder usually appear in adolescence and early adulthood, with cases rarely occurring in childhood. No conclusions have been made to indicate a difference among those of different race or culture. There are many symptoms that a person is bipolar, but many are over-looked because they are seen as “normal”. This essay will discuss the primary causes of bipolar disorder, the genetic roots, study its symptoms and the different forms that it takes, look into its treatments, and examine possible cures. Variations in moods and energy levels have been observed as part of the human experience throughout history. Aretaeus of Cappadocia began the search into the disorder by beginning the process of detailing symptoms in the medical field as early as the 1st Century in Greece. The words "melancholia" (an old word for
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