Types Of Bipolar Disorder ( Bipolar )

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There are several types of bipolar disorders, but the two main types are Bipolar I and Bipolar II. Bipolar I is the definitive type of the bipolar disorder, and the person will constantly go through both the manic and depressive stages of the condition. The length of these episodes will differ from time to time. In Bipolar II, the manic stages are not as severe as Bipolar I; nevertheless, the depressive stages are quite similar (bipolar). But what causes this life altering mental illness? Several factors contribute to the cause of bipolar disorder such as genetics, biology, and environment.
It is believed by researchers that there is a genetic susceptibility for bipolar disorder. The existence of irregularity on certain genes is also being investigated by scientists. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), "children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are four to six times more likely to develop the illness, compared with children who do not have a family history of bipolar disorder.” Bipolar disorder does seem to run in families, but that does not mean that if one has a bipolar parent, that the individual will definitely have this mental condition, or even get it. It is believed by scientists and researchers that it’s not just a single gene that is the cause; but rather a number of genes which can be triggered by an individual’s environment. In some cases, a person can live their entire life with the gene, and nothing triggers it or…

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