Bipolar Disorder paper HCA240 - Bipolar Disorder which is...

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Bipolar Disorder, which is also known as Manic-Depressive Disorder, is the oldest known mental illness. Some of the symptoms that were noticed early on were in the city of Aretaeus of Cappadocia in ancient Turkey in the second century were that of mania and depression. ("A Brief History Of Bipolar", 2011). It was not until the year 1650 that any of their findings were brought to light. In 1875, Jules Falret’s work led to what is now known as Manic- Depressive Psychosis. He was able to determine an association between bouts of depression with heightened moods. His findings also thought the disorder was genetically linked somehow. In 1913, Emil Kraprlin did an extensive study of the effects of depression but only did a small bit on the mania side of it. In the 1930’s it was accepted as a form of mental illness. A further study of the genetics that were thought to be linked to families already plagued by this was published in 1952 in an article in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders. There was no real help to the people that were experiencing theses symptoms because Congress refused to see manic- depressive disorder as a legitimate mental illness. The term of Bipolar Disorder that we use today to classify this illness was brought about in 1980. There are several myths that surround people known to have this illness. Many people think of it as the “crazy person’s” disease. It was thought of as a medical disease just like heart disease. Manic Depressive was thought to be different than that of Bipolar Disorder. ("What Causes Bipolar", 2011). People with the disorder think that will have to be on medication for the rest of their lives, but this may untrue in some cases. Medication can be tapered down over time. Patients that have taken their medication for a while and start to feel better may think that they can discontinue the use of it with no problem. This is not the case and it may develop in a relapse of the condition. Some patients feel that there may not be a need to have psychotherapy but
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health professional feel the need to have it because it can teach a person many ways to cope with the illness. The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary from one person to the next. There
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course HEALTH CAR HCR/240 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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