Bipolar Disorder

Abormal Disorders

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other


Causes of Bipolar Disorder

  • Genes, because the illness runs in families
  • Abnormal brain structure and brain function
  • The causes of bipolar disorder aren't always clear. Scientists are finding out more about the disorder by studying it. This research may help doctors predict whether a person will get bipolar disorder. One day, it may also help doctors prevent the illness in some people.


Symptoms

  • Feel very "up" or "high"
  • Feel "jumpy" or "wired"
  • Talk really fast about a lot of different things
  • Be agitated, irritable, or "touchy"
  • Have trouble relaxing or sleeping
  • Think they can do a lot of things at once and are more active than usual
  • Do risky things, like spend a lot of money or have reckless sex.
  • Feel very "down" or sad
  • Feel worried and empty
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Forget things a lot
  • Lose interest in fun activities and become less active
  • Feel tired or "slowed down"
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Think about death or suicide.


Treatments

Take Medication Properly

Get Educated
Keep Stress in check
seek support
make healthy choices
Monitor your moods