PSY 101- Bipolar Disorder

PSY 101- Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder 1 Abstract...

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Bipolar Disorder 1 Abstract Bipolar disorder is a mental disease that can control individuals’ behavior and perception of things without warning. Bipolar disorder affects many individuals. Specifically, in adults, it can affect their lifestyle, family, home environment, and relationships with friends, coworkers, and other peers. Using scholarly journals and scholarly textbooks, it is found that bipolar disorder can affect the individual and all of the people around them. It affects the individuals’ personality, behavior, thoughts, and can change how the individual handles situations.
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Bipolar Disorder 2 Bipolar Disorder in Adults Not everyone understands the severity of bipolar disorder and how many adults may actually suffer from it. This disorder is not only difficult for the individual to deal with; family, friends, and other peers also have a difficult time coping. There are several different effects of bipolar disorder on adults; some of the most important is the effect bipolar disorder has on the family and the family’s home environment, the effect it has on the relationship between friends, peers, and coworkers, and the effect it has on the individuals lifestyle and aspect of their social life. There are two different types of bipolar disorders; bipolar I disorder and bipolar II disorder. There are also two different types of episodes that one will experience with bipolar disorders. According to Webster’s Dictionary, bipolar disorder is defined as a mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression. Webster also defines mania as a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently and it defines depression as a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity. Another definition of bipolar disorder, according to Martha Sajatovic and Federic C. Blow is, “Bipolar disorder is a serious and chronic mental illness. It is associated with the substantial functional and quality-of-life impairments, increased rates of suicide, and high financial costs.” Explained in Dr. David J. Miklowitz’s (2002) informational book, The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide , during an episode, people who suffer from bipolar disorder will experience severe mood swings, which consist of going from a manic high to a severe depression. The severity of episode cannot be predetermined; it varies with each person. Episodes have no
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Bipolar Disorder 3 expected duration, and can last days, or even months. “The periods in between manic and depressive episodes are symptom-free in some people. For others, there are symptoms left over
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor Laporte during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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