Bipolar Disorder

By Jack higgins

Defintion

Bipolar Disorder is one of several medical conditions called depressive disorders. Depressive disorders affect the way a persons brain functions.

Manic Signs and Symptoms

  • Racing speech and thoughts.
  • Increased energy.
  • Decreased need for sleep.
  • Elevated mood and exaggerated optimism.
  • Increased physical and mental activity.
  • Excessive irritability, aggressive and impatient behavior.
  • Poor judgement.

Depressive Signs and Symptoms

  • Loss of interest in usual activities.
  • Prolonged sadness or irritable mood.
  • Loss of energy or fatigue.
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
  • Sleeping too much or inability to sleep.
  • Drop in grades and unable to communicate.
  • Inability to experience pleasure.
  • Appetite loss or overeating.
  • Thoughts of death.
  • Feelings of anger, worry, and anxiety.

How does it affect someone?

Bipolar disorder affects both men and women, and how they think, act, and feel. Symptoms begin to show in their early twenties, however children can also have this disorder as well.

What are some other names or forms of this illness?

  • Manic Depressive Disorder.
  • Manic Depressive Illness.
  • Bipolar Mood Disorder.
  • Bipolar Effective Disorder.

How is it diagnosed?

Many people with this condition are not diagnosed or not diagnosed properly. There are no tests to tell whether a person has Bipolar Disorder or not. However, a detailed family history is extremely important in the diagnosing process.

How is it treated?

Treatment can help stabilize mood and allow the person to control their symptoms. People with Bipolar Disorder need to work closely with their doctor in order to receive an effective treatment.

Fun Fact!

Kids with Bipolar Disorder shows different signs and symptoms than adults with Bipolar Disorder.