Living With Bipolar Disorder Essay

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Living With Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder, or Manic-depression as it used to be referred to, affects those that have it in very different ways. Therefore it is important to treat patients, and their disease, as individualized rather than lumping them together by the standards of textbook care. Kay Redfield Jamison is a professor of psychiatry and psychiatric disorders at John Hopkins School of Medicine. She was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, in which people exhibit polarized behaviors ( wild swings in emotion), in the 70’s. In her memoir An Unquiet Mind, she shares some of her own experiences dealing with this disease, and she teaches that it is impossible to live a balanced life without medication and therapy if you are suffering from Bipolar Disorder. Kay Redfield Jamison is a Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the author of best sellers such as An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Understanding Suicide and Touched With fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. She co-authored the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness and more than 100 scientific papers. She has received many national and international scientific awards and holds several honorary degrees. Not only is she an expert on Bipolar Disorder because of her career, she has personal experience with living and dealing with it, because she was diagnosed with it shortly after finishing college. Bipolar Disorder is synonymous with Manic-Depressive. Mania is characterized by euphoria, flight of thoughts, feeling on top of the world. Depression can be characterized by sleep and appetite disturbances, loss of enjoyment in activities, etc. A bipolar person experiences both of these at different times. He or she may be depressed for a couple of weeks, then be manic for a couple of weeks. Mood stabilizing drugs

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