Mental disorders have a negative stereotype associated to them which makes them a taboo in society. Although many of these disorders can be controlled by the patients taking pharmaceuticals prescribed by a therapist, the medications aren’t enough to help control the disorder. One such disorder is Bipolar, by definition bipolar disorder is the occurrence of one or more manic episodes that are accompanied by one or more depressive disorders. With bipolar patients the manic and depressive moods are often switching within a few hours or days; it just depends on severity of the disorder. This disorder is one of most misdiagnosed disorders. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are not easily seen and easy to mistake for another disorder because they share common symptoms.
Many of these patients go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. But even with proper diagnosis not all pharmacological treatments are effective against the disorder. The mood stabilizing medications are often helpful but rates of suicide, especially with this disorder continue to increase. One estimate of the annual cost to society produced by bipolar disorder totaled $45 billion, with about $8 billion being accounted for by suicide (Rivas - Vazquez, et al. 2002). The suicide rate is the highest among all the mental disorders at 19% (Johnson, et al. 1999). Seeing these numbers is alarming because they affect society as a whole, no matter what kind of treatment bipolar patients are on it is essential that better treatments are found to help those affected by this disorder. What this review will focus on is family involvement with bipolar treatment and other treatments out there that can help patients control their disorder.
Many researchers examine three things that could affect bipolar patient moods; a) whether family functioning was associated with concurrent episodes status; b) whether...