Bipolar Disorder

Mental disorder: episodes of mania and depression

Myth #1

" Its just mood swings"

Wrong


  • Bipolar moods are more dramatic and extreme

Symptoms

Manic Episodes

An extremely elevated mood:


  • Unaware of negative consequences
  • Impulsive behavior and actions
  • Can last for days to weeks


Depressive Episodes

Feeling of extreme sadness


  • obsessed with feeling of loss, personal failure, or helplessness
  • Toughs of suicide increase
  • last up to 2 weeks

Myth #2

Medicine can cure bipolar disorder

wrong


  • more than 50% of people diagnosed, had symptoms controlled and suppressed , but they do not completely disappear.

Causes

  • Genetics
  1. If a parent has it the child most likely will
  • Stress
  1. Can lead to signs of bipolar disorder
  • Drug use

Treatments

Medication


  • mood stabilizers
  • Antidepressants
Psycho therapy

Stats

1 in 5 people diagnosed commit suicide


  • This can occur in either manic or depressive stages



Women are diagnosed 3X more often than men


20% of teens diagnosed, later move into major depressive disorder if not treated

Myth #3

Only adults can have bipolar disorder

worng


  • though it is less common for children to be diagnosed it is seen in many teens
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Teens

Symptoms

Depression

  • Drop in grades
  • constantly in trouble ( school/ home/with law)
  • Increased violence
  • Decreased interest in activities

Mania/Hyper Mania


  • Boost in confidence
  • Reckless decisions
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Decreased need for sleep

Paige Weeks