Bipolar Disorder

By Amber Kelly

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a depressive disorder that effects how a person's brain works.

Manic signs and symptoms

Mania is one half of bipolar disorder, symptoms include...

- racing speech & thoughts

- increased energy

- decreased need for sleep

- elevated mood or exaggerated optimism

- increased physical & mental activity

- excessive irritability, aggressive behavior, & impatience

- poor judgement

- reckless behavior

- difficulty concentrating

- inflating sense of self importance

Depression signs and symptoms

Depression is the other half of bipolar disorder, symptoms include...

- loss of interest in typical activities

- prolonged sad or irritable mood

- loss of energy or fatigue

- feelings of guilt or worthlessness

- sleeping too much or inability to sleep

- drop in grades or inability to concentrate

- inability to experience pleasure

- appetite loss or overeating

- anger, worry, and anxiety

- thoughts of death or suicide

How does bipolar disorder affect someone?

Some teens can end up in a psychotic hospital, a residential treatment center, in the juvenile justice system, abusing drugs, & committing suicide. Many people with bipolar disorder have no break between mania and depression.

Other names & forms for bipolar disorder

- Cyclothmic disorder

- Manic depression

- Manic-depressive disorder

- Manic-depressive illness

- Bipolar mood disorder

- Bipolar affective disorder

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

A psychiatrist or psychologist must diagnose this disorder.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

The person suffering must work with doctors & psychiatrists for treatment.

Interesting facts

- First symptoms show up in the person's early twenties. However research has shown that children can develop this disorder.

- This disorder is often misdiagnosed as schizophrenia, ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder), adhd (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), & other depressive disorders.