Unformatted text preview: Name: Raquel Almeida
Abnormal Psychology – Bipolar Disorder – “Of Two Minds” 1. What words come to mind when you hear the word “bipolar”? sudden very high highs and very low lows 2. From CNN’s “What is bipolar disorder?”
a. How many Americans have bipolar disorder? 6 million
b. Define mania. the highest of highs
c. What areas of the brain are impacted with bipolar disorder? frontal lobe, amygdala
d. How are those areas affected? when depressed, frontal lobes is very active while amygdala isn't. with mania it is the
e. When do people typically first show symptoms? late teens, early 20s
“Of Two Minds”
Respond to this quote: “It’s like taking your best day and multiplying it by a million.” That's how it feels when you're manic. I have very good days and love it when i
do I just feel unstoppable. But maybe it can be a bit dangerous to have a best
day TIMES A MILLION like i would want to be like that all the time
A doctor describes bipolar disorder as being equivalent to changing the tones and volume settings on
your car radio. How does this connect to the ups and downs of bipolar? because you can change the volume on the radio
Respond to this quote: “I don’t even go for happy anymore. I’m just looking for not feeling like this.” –
Petey I think this means that he wants to feel anything but what he's feeling right now, doesn't even
have to be happiness, it can be whatever just not what he is going through now. Describe: hallucination started at 8; tried suicide at 14; didn't get diagnosed till 31; moved 37 times in 37
years; Cheri Liz feels like she plays pretend everyday; raped @ 17 and went crazy; many suicide attempts; writer;
made videos to talk about mental illnesses Carlton artist; Petey cheri's boyfriend; diagnosed bipolar after a couple months of dating Cheri; What are the environmental factors for each person that may contribute to their illness?
Liz getting raped at 17; being gay but having a boyfriend Carlton Petey dating Cheri
When/how were each person diagnosed?
Cheri diagnosed at 31 Carlton 2003; his wife went to therapy and the therapist said hes bipolar Liz Petey a couple months after dating Cheri What treatments have they undergone?
Cheri medication; natural medications; acupuncture Carlton medication; Liz shock therapy; medication; Petey How well do they cope with their illness? any suicide attempts; moving Cheri Carlton attempted suicide Liz many suicide attempts Petey In your opinion, does the film effectively discuss suicide? Why/why not? Yes, it shows the lives of the families and friends after someone kills themselves. Also, it shows the
thoughts the people had before commiting suicide even if they don't succeed. List four things you learned about bipolar disorder:
1. its very painful
2. it doesn't just affect the person, it affects the people around them too
3. bipolar disorder can look different in everyone
4. different things work for different people. for example: acupuncture worked for Cheri but might not
work for Liz What questions do you have about bipolar disorder? NONE :) ...
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