The Problem Of Bipolar Disorder

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Katy Perry’s song “Hot N Cold” comes to mind when I think of bipolar disorder, “You 're yes then you 're no, You 're in then you 're out, You 're up then you 're down.” This is the kind of general explanation that is given to give people an idea of what bipolar is. Not in the sense that it is rapid but it can be a battle between two ends. The National Institute of Mental Health defines bipolar disorder which is “also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks” (NIMH n.d.) There are a few different types of Bipolar Disorder commonly referred to as type 1 and type 2, although this is distinction is made more for diagnostic purposes not biological. I consider myself very familiar with bipolar disorder since there is a good chance I may develop it later in life and my mother has it and is currently unmediated. Currently, there are many different treatments for bipolar disorder that is dependent on the severity of the symptoms. Bipolar disorder has a great effect on the affected person’s psychology since it can not only affect the persons thought process but can completely change a person’s personality. Type 1 is normally characterized as “up swings” or, less sleep, increased activity and activeness or increase risk taking activity. Thing change in a person’s psychology can be mainly productive depending on the severity of these episodes. Some of these symptoms
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