Bi-Polar Disorder

By Jeremy Chen

What is Bi-Polar Disorder?

Bi-Polar Disorder is a depressive disorder. That basically means that it slows down bodily functions.

Signs and Symptoms

Manic Signs and Symptoms

  1. Racing speech and thoughts
  2. Increased energy
  3. Decreased need for sleep
  4. Inflated self-importance
Depression Signs and Symptoms
  1. Loss of interest in normal and common everyday activities
  2. Loss of energy
  3. Inability to experience pleasure
  4. Drop in school grades

How does Bi-Polar Disorder affect someone?

  1. Rapid mood swings
  2. Irritability
  3. Anxiety

Other names and forms for Bi-Polar Disorder

  • Manic Depression
  • Manic Depressive Disorder
  • Manic Depressive Illness
  • Bi-Polar Mood Disorder
  • Bi-Polar affective disorder
  • Bi-Polar 1
  • Bi-Polar 2
  • Cyclothymic Disorder
  • Bi-Polar disorder not otherwise specified

How is Bi-Polar Disorder diagnosed?

There is no easy way to diagnose Bi-Polar disorder, as Bi-Polar Disorder has many similarities to other mental illnesses. The only consistent (albeit not the most efficient or accurate way) method to diagnose Bi-Polar Disorder, is to examine the medical history of the patient, and to have a discussion with the patient's parents about behavior.

How is Bi-Polar Disorder treated?

There is no way to completely treat Bi-Polar Disorder, as with most other mental illnesses. However, there are ways to lessen the effect of Bi-Polar Disorder, through three methods. The first is a treatment plan. The second is a mood-stabilizer or mood-stabilizing drug, that helps to prevent excessive mood swinging that is common in people with Bi-Polar Disorder. The third method is simply through counseling, making sure that people with Bi-Polar Disorder aren't doing anything that could worsen or even kill.


  1. People suffering from BPD (Bi-Polar Disorder) will abuse drugs.
  2. Suicide is a major cause of death for people with BPD