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					Bipolar
Disorder
           Explanation
 People with bipolar disorder have rapid
  mood swings and rapidly cycle between
  being extremely happy and severely
  depressed.
 There are four different types of bipolar
  disorder; bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymic
  disorder, and an unspecified type of
  bipolar disorder.
 It also affects the mind and how it
  functions.
         Symptoms
The depressed part of the cycle:
 Sadness
 Apathy
 Changes in weight
 Feelings of worthlessness
 Suicidal thoughts


The manic part includes:
   resenting criticism
   easily anger when people try to calm them down
   rapid speech
   exaggerated sense of self-confidence
   hallucinations or delusions
            Diagnosis
     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
longer.

    A manic episode is diagnose is elevated
mood, including three or more symptoms,
lasts one week or longer.
       Those Affected
 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
  disorder.
 The most frequent age of onset lies
  between 15 and 19 years of age.
                Causes
 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.
               Treatments
   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.
Getting Help
   Field Of Dreams Counseling
    147 W. Gray St Suite 215
    Elmira, NY 14901
    (607) 732-4140

   Elmira Psychiatric center
    100 washington St
    Elmira, NY 14901-2898
    (607) 733-4700

   St Joseph's Hospital
    555 St. Joseph's Blvd
    Elmira, NY 14901
    (607) 733-6541
Interesting Information
   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
    disorder.

   Ludwig Von Beethoven, Tim Burton, Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut), and
    Theodore Roosevelt also suffer/suffered from bipolar disorder.
                  Video
   What is Bipolar Disorder?

				
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