Bipolar Disorder Essay

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What is Bipolar disorder? I read many articles and went to many different sites to try and get the clearest most cut and dry explanation of this disease as possible. What I found is that there is not really a black or white clear definition of what bipolar disorder is. Bipolar disorder is often classified into different categories and is often called different names, such as Manic-Depressive disorder. The signs and symptoms of all of these different names are very similar, but to me it is still very difficult to pin point the exact definition of Bipolar. Bipolar disorder is sometimes called Manic-Depressive disorder because of the mood swings that vary from of the very lows of depression all the way to the heights of mania. When I looked up the definition of mania, it is defined as “an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action; a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently.” What I understand the definition of Bipolar disorder to be is having the lowest depressing thoughts and then at the same time being able to completely switch from that low and have extremely factious thoughts that you believe to be real and at times tend to become violent. It also states that in some cases of Bipolar, the person is able to have those extreme thoughts of depression and mania at the same time. That is particularly hard for me to try and wrap my head around. I see the commercials on television, and they all seem to say the exact same thing on the “feelings” of Bipolar or depression. The phrase that comes to mind is, “if you seem to lose interest in things, you may be experiencing depression.” Depression can be caused by traumatic events or can also come on suddenly with no warning at all. Depression causes you to feel sad or hopeless and can cause you to lose interest or pleasure in most

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