People with bipolar disorder have rapid
mood swings and rapidly cycle between
being extremely happy and severely
There are four different types of bipolar
disorder; bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymic
disorder, and an unspecified type of
It also affects the mind and how it
The depressed part of the cycle:
Changes in weight
Feelings of worthlessness
The manic part includes:
easily anger when people try to calm them down
exaggerated sense of self-confidence
hallucinations or delusions
Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder
so it is difficult to diagnose. The diagnosis is
made on the basis of symptoms, course of
illness, and family history.
A depressive episode is diagnosed if five
or more of the symptoms last two weeks or
A manic episode is diagnose is elevated
mood, including three or more symptoms,
lasts one week or longer.
Bipolar disorder occurs in both sexes.
Type 2 disorder occurs more frequently in
females than males.
Approximately 1-1.3% of the United
States adult population has bipolar
The most frequent age of onset lies
between 15 and 19 years of age.
Can be diagnosed by symptoms, course of
illness and family history.
60% of bipolar cases have a family history
of the disease.
If both parents have bipolar disorder, the
risk for each child increases to 50-75%.
There is no specific gene mutation that it
is cause by.
Bipolar disorder requires long-term treatment. Since
bipolar disorder is a chronic, relapsing illness, it’s important
to continue treatment even when you’re feeling better. Most
people with bipolar disorder need medication to prevent new
episodes and stay symptom-free.
There is more to treatment than medication. Medication
alone is usually not enough to fully control the symptoms of
bipolar disorder. The most effective treatment strategy for
bipolar disorder involves a combination of medication,
therapy, lifestyle changes, and social support.
It’s best to work with an experienced psychiatrist.
Bipolar disorder is a complex condition. Diagnosis can be
tricky and treatment is often difficult. For safety reasons,
medication should be closely monitored. A psychiatrist who is
skilled in bipolar disorder treatment can help you navigate
these twists and turns.
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Author and Actor Spalding Gray disappeared January 10, 2004, and
his body was pulled from the East River in New York on March 7,
2004. Suffering from bipolar disorder, Gray undoubtedly committed
suicide. His family has gone through a waking nightmare. Don't put
your own family through this kind of hell!
The star of "Terminator" and "Beauty and the Beast" has
acknowledged that she suffers from bipolar disorder and is now on
medication to help control the devastating lows.
Jane Pauley, longtime television news reporter suffers from bipolar
Ludwig Von Beethoven, Tim Burton, Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut), and
Theodore Roosevelt also suffer/suffered from bipolar disorder.
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