Bipolar Disorder Essay

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Bipolar (Manic Depression) Disorder Changes in mood are part of every human being's daily life. Everyone experiences sadness, anger, happiness and joy. Each person on this earth has ups and downs in their lives, but some people experience those ups and downs regularly and in extremes. After experiencing these emotions like stress and guilt, or joy and content, we gradually become capable of controlling these emotions. We can counter our emotions in our minds with things that may help us feel better, and more stable. Individuals with bipolar disorder have no control over these moods (CMHA, Bipolar Disorder). When it comes to family dynamics, if a member of the group has this manic-depressive illness they will not function properly as an active member in the family. Bipolar disorder, also by the name of manic-depression, is an illness in which someone has periods of serious lows [depression], followed by periods of elevated moods or “highs” [mania] without the use of drugs or alcohol (Burns, 429). These moods are unusual because they are not necessarily related to events in the person's life. This illness affects about 1% of the population and starts in late teens or early adulthood of both men and women (CMHA, Bipolar Disorder). The cause of bipolar disorder is unknown. Studies say that this disorder runs in the family; it is genetic. Traumatic events or drug abuse usually trigger episodes of bipolar. Symptoms of Depression Symptoms of Mania - Feeling worthless, helpless, or hopeless. - Sleeping or eating more or less than usual. - Loss of interest in taking part in activities. - Avoiding other people. - Overwhelming feelings of sadness or grief. - Feeling unreasonably guilty. - Thoughts of death or suicide. - Feelings of exhilaration, extreme optimism, exaggerated self-esteem. - Rapid speech, racing thoughts. - Decreased need for

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