Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder, also known as...

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Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in things such as: mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry-out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job performance, poor school performance, and can lead to things such as suicide. Bipolar disorder can be treated, and people that have this illness can live full and productive lives (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 2009.) Bipolar is not easy to spot when it starts. When the symptoms occur they may seem like separate problems, not recognized as parts of a larger problem. When this occurs people suffer for a couple years before they are properly diagnosed and treated for the illness. Bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be managed throughout a person’s life (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 2009.) People with bipolar disorder experience unusually intense emotional states that occur in distinct periods, which is known as “mood episodes”. An overly joyful and overexcited state is known as a “manic episode”. An extremely sad or hopeless state is known as a “depressive episode”. When a mood episode includes symptoms of both mania and depression, this state is known as a “mixed state”. Individuals with bipolar disorder may be explosive and irritable during a mood episode (The National Institute of Mental Health, 2008.) There are extreme changes in energy, activity, sleep, and behavior that go along with these changes in mood. In some cases it is possible for a person with bipolar
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disorder to experience a long-lasting period of unstable moods rather than discrete episodes of mania or depression. Symptoms of depression or a depressive episode include:
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2011 for the course HCA 220 taught by Professor James during the Spring '08 term at University of Phoenix.

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