Bipolar disorder paper for beh 225

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Mania and Bipolar Disorder 1 Bipolar disorder, alternatively called manic depression, is a brain-related disorder that is characterized by abrupt, swinging bouts of euphoria and depression. Bipolar disorder causes unusual shifts in energy, mood, sleep patterns, and functioning ability of affected individuals (“Bipolar Disorder”, n.d.). Individuals with Bipolar disorder experience episodes of mania and depression that are usually alternated by normal-mood periods. Bipolar mood swings are different and much more severe when compared to the ups and downs that people normally experience in their lives (Tighe, 2006). This alternation in mania and depression can be rapid in some individuals, and is termed as rapid cycling. In extreme cases, manic episodes may cause psychotic symptoms like hallucinations and delusions . Bipolar disorder can affect interpersonal relationships, academic performance, job efficiency, and even prompt affected individuals to contemplate suicide . It is estimated that as many as 5.7 million Americans are affected by Bipolar disorder, but the good news is that Bipolar disorder is treatable, and individuals with this ailment can still lead complete, productive lives (“Bipolar Disorder (Mania)”, n.d.). However, if Bipolar disorder in an individual goes untreated, then the consequences can be quite devastating. In manic phases, affected individuals may turn hyperactive and act irresponsibly, whereas in depressive phases, they might find themselves incapacitated to perform any activity effectively at all.
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