By: Cristina Ruiz
Bipolar Disorder is one of the most highly investigated neurological disorders. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that it affects over 2% of adults in the U.S. Of the 2% nearly 83% have "severe" cases of the disorder. Only 40% receive "minimally adequate treatment." Bipolar Disorder is highly recognized as treatable.
Symptoms/Description of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder, formerly called Manic Depression, causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs and lows. Mood shifts may only occur a few times a year, or as often as several times a weeks. Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder include mood swings, sadness, elevated mood, anger, anxiety, apathy, euphoria, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, inability to feel pleasure, loss of interest.
How Bipolar Disorder Impacts the Endocrine System
The thyroid, an endocrine organ located in the neck which produces thyroid hormones, has been the focus of much mood disorder research. Depression is linked to low levels of the thyroid hormone, a condition known as Hypothyroidism. While mood elevation is often associated with high levels of thyroid hormone.