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Bipolar Notes For Eval

Bipolar Notes For Eval - Definition Bipolar disorder...

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Definition Bipolar disorder involves periods of excitability ( mania ) alternating with periods of depression. The " mood swings " between mania and depression can be very abrupt. Symptoms The manic phase may last from days to months and can include the following symptoms: Agitation or irritation Elevated mood o Hyperactivity o Increased energy o Lack of self-control o Racing thoughts Inflated self-esteem (delusions of grandeur, false beliefs in special abilities) Little need for sleep Over-involvement in activities Poor temper control Reckless behavior o Binge eating , drinking, and/or drug use o Impaired judgment o Sexual promiscuity o Spending sprees Tendency to be easily distracted These symptoms of mania are seen with bipolar disorder I. In people with bipolar disorder II, hypomanic episodes involve similar symptoms that are less intense. The depressed phase of both types of bipolar disorder involves very serious symptoms of major depression : Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions Eating disturbances o Loss of appetite and weight loss o Overeating and weight gain Fatigue or listlessness Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and/or guilt Loss of self-esteem Persistent sadness Persistent thoughts of death Sleep disturbances o Excessive sleepiness o Inability to sleep Suicidal thoughts Withdrawal from activities that were once enjoyed Withdrawal from friends There is a high risk of suicide with bipolar disorder. While in either phase, patients may abuse alcohol or other substances, which can worsen the symptoms.
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