Bipolar Disorder Paper

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Running head: BIPOLAR DISORDER Understanding and Defining Bipolar Disorder Deontre’ L. Clayton North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Abstract The purpose of this paper is to inform on the topic of Bipolar Disorder. The paper will focus on multiple areas involved with the disorder. The information contained in the paper focuses on the diagnostic features of Bipolar Disorder, the etiology, the onset, treatments, and the prognosis of the disorder. The paper aims to display signs of how to recognize Bipolar Disorder within people and how to effectively cooperate with those persons who may be diagnosed.…show more content…
1). In other words, people with Bipolar disorder may be calm one minute and then suddenly have an unexpected outburst. For example) I have a friend whose father has Bipolar disorder; she told me of an incident in which she and her father had went to church for Sunday service. While at service, an elderly lady looked at her father, and he became upset because he felt as though she was staring at him. My friend’s father stood up during the middle of the church service, dropped his pants and underwear and yelled at the lady, “I’ll give you something to stare at.” My friend recalls that she was embarrassed beyond measures, and that she remembers her grandfather quickly ushering her dad out of the church. She said that her dad’s outburst caught her off guard because he had been acting “normal” prior to him entering the church. My friend was also shocked that her dad acted like that to that particular woman because he was actually quite fond of her, and the woman probably was just glad to see him. She also stated that her father felt awful after he returned home and realized what he had did. She stated that he went in his bedroom and cried for a short period of time. This example shows how an individual with Bipolar disorder may act in a manner that is considered “normal” by most, and then…show more content…
Yet, many scientists do believe that bipolar disorder is caused by multiple factors such as genes, environmental stress, nutrition, inflammatory factors or other stress in the brain. Research has proven that bipolar disorder often runs in families which is some scientists believe genetics might play role in the cause of Bipolar disorder. One’s environment may also play a role as certain stressful events can trigger one’s first bipolar episode (National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI], 2012). Most people develop Bipolar disorder in their late teens or early adult years. Almost half of those who develop Bipolar disorder develop the disorder before their 25th birthday (NIMH, 2012). Although it is not as common, children can be diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Research shows that children can develop Bipolar disorder as early as age six. Warning signs and symptoms for children who may have Bipolar disorder include elation (child might laugh hysterically), grandiose behaviors (child may act as if he or she is superior to adults), flight of ideas (during normal conversation, the child may jump from topic to topic), decreased need for sleep (child may only sleep for 3 hours but still have full energy the next day), and hypersexuality (child may be too flirtatious for his or her age and do acts such as try to touch adults in their privates areas) (NAMI,

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