Essay 3 - Writing the Essay: Science December 17th, 2005...

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Writing the Essay: Science December 17 th , 2005 11:00-12:15 Environmental Factors on Bipolar Disorder The Problem: Ever since the term was coined in 1980 (Caregiver), bipolar disorder was not only a real disorder, but a household name that was used jokingly to describe someone whose moods always deviated between happiness and dejection. Bipolar disorder is an illness where a person goes through times of extreme euphoria and happiness followed by a period of depression. Figure 1: Bipolar disorder ranges from severe mania to severe depression. A milder form of bipolar disorder results in hypomania and depression. (PubMed) Suicide could be the final ending to those with bipolar disorder, but there a lot of ways to prevent it from going that far. Some types of treatments include: prescription of lithium salts, mood stabilizers, marijuana, omega-3 fatty acids and psychotherapy. Lithium salts are proven to be the most effective, but they could be dangerous if too much is taken because a high diet of salt, leads to a great chance of kidney failure among other things
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(Wikipedia). Bipolar disorder, ever since it was researched in the late 1800’s was found to be linked within families, so it is also shown that it could be a genetic disorder and it would be inevitable for a person with a family history of bipolar disorder to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The source of bipolar disorder has been linked to genetics, but there is also evidence that hints at the physical and social environments a person lives in as playing a role (Baltimore Psych). It is still not conclusive about how a person could become bipolar, but it has been theorized that a stressful situation in a person’s life can catalyze the onset of the condition. Research in bipolar disorder has answered some questions and has also created other questions; today it is still unknown about how large of a role the physical and social environments of a person play in bipolar disorder, or if it even is a factor at all. Determining the effects of the environment on those with the condition can help in treatment and prevention of bipolar disorder in the future. There are various treatments, but with more information on the nature of the condition and how the physical and social environments affect it, the treatment of bipolar individuals could be more effective than it is today. Getting to the root of the condition could lead to the end of it or at least a more efficient treatment of it. A Scientific Approach: Depression in a person with bipolar disorder may be caused by genetics, or the environment, or both. Some even think that bipolar disorder could be a made up degenerative disease in general and that people who have it are actually just “acting” bipolar, but research shows that there may be evidence in the brain to show that it is a real disorder and may be because of the role of neurotransmitters in the brain.
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Essay 3 - Writing the Essay: Science December 17th, 2005...

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