Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)

Gracey Dunn, Melinda Harvey, & Hannah RItchie

Patient Perspective

Symptoms & Causes

People with this disorder go through unusual mood changes. They go from happy (mania) to inactive (depression) back and forth many times. They can also go through unusual shifts in energy or activity levels. Symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor school/job performance, and even suicide.



The causes of this disorder aren't always clear. This disorder runs in families. Abnormal brain structure and function also may play a big role in the cause.

Statistics & Seeking Help

About 5.7 million adults in America are affected by this disorder which is 2.6% of the U.S. Population. Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world. As many as one in five patients with this disorder commit suicide. If a child's parent had this disorder, it is most likely that the child will have the disorder also.


Many of the people with disorders are scared. They don't want to accept that they have this disorder and they just keep denying it. Others think they are fine and that they don't need help with their disorder. The person with the mental illness is in the worst place mentally, so that is why they don't want help. They are terrified of what could happen if they did get help.

Other Information

One out of seven people have a depressive disorder, so there's a good chance that you know someone that has a disorder. Recent research says that children who have bipolar disorder don't have the exact same behavioral patterns that adults with the disorder do.

Family/Loved One Perspective

Signs & Stereotypes

The person can have sudden mood swings, suicidal thoughts, energy varying throughout the day, and not wanting to finish all daily activities. There are no known stereotypes for this disorder.

Human & Online Resources

Go to a local Monarch, Daymark, counselor, psychologist for help. Also, using these websites are helpiful for gaining information.

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/bipolardisorder.html

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/bipolardisorder.html

http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/bipolar.html#cat2012/

Other Information

BipolarDisorder is genetically passed down so it is useful to watch fellow family members if you have the disorder.

Medical Expert Perspective

Risk Factors/Diagnosis & Treating Methods

The risk factors for Bipolar Disorder can cause a range of symptoms. Professionals observe the teens behaviours in a very close manner before making any kind of decision. They go through all you and your family's medical history of your past and present experiences. Families can help with all of this too. Professionals also can make a medical exam to rule out any other conditions. There are no laboratory tests like a brain scan or blood test that could actually diagnose the bipolar disorder.


There is no full way to cure Bipolar Disorder but there are treatments that can help stablize your moods and help the teens manage and control their symptoms. Teens need to work with their doctors and other professionals more than you actually think. They together make up a "Treatment Plan". The teens receive a medication like a mood stabilizer. A psychologist would provide the counceling or the teens pysical therapy. The doctors would watch closely at the teens to see if anything changed.

Importance of Treating & Careers Available

Trying to go to school, work, or anything they do while having Bipolar Disorder is very hard exspecially if your a teen. Its very important to realize because they could hurt someone emotionally or pyhsically like someone in your family. If affects anyone man or women, old or young. Kids or Teens dont have the same behavioral patterns as an older person would. The way they act can get worse and worse if you do not treat it. There is no way to treat bipolar disorder the treatments can help stablize their mood swings. They dont have alot but the best ways are to take the treatment plans and to go to therapy.


If you need any help at all go to a Counceler, Therapist, Physical Therapist, or Doctors. To help with more research on learning more about Bipolar disorder here are some links,

- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder-in-children-and-teens-easy-to-read/index.shtml

- https://vsearch.nlm.nih.gov/vivisimo/cgi-bin/query-meta?v%3afile=viv_BLN7gV&server=pvlbsrch11&v%3astate=root%7croot&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.nimh.nih.gov%2fhealth%2fpublications%2fbipolar-disorder-in-adults%2findex.shtml&rid=Ndoc4&v%3aframe=redirect&v%3aredirect-hash=4b1344faab0b1caec1d0b73ba6d8dbcb&

- http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/mobile/guide.cfm?pid=1458

- http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_bipolar_types

Other Information

People need to realize that bipolar disorder is a very serious situation. There are your up and downs (like Ying Yang) but bipolar disorder you could be fired from your job, your school performance, roughen your relationships with anyone your close to, and also destroy your daily life if you don't take care of yourself and get help. You could hurt someone so bad and not even know it and you can also hurt yourself in the process.