Depression Bipolar Disorder

By Lauryn Feinstein

What is it?

Depression bipolar disorder is a disorder that affects the way the brain functions.

Signs and Symptoms: Depression

  • loss of interest in usual activities
  • sad or irritable mood
  • loss of energy or fatigue
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • sleeping too much or inability to sleep
  • drop in grades and inability to concentrate
  • inability to experience pleasure
  • appetite loss or overeating
  • anger, worry, and anxiety
  • thoughts of death or suicide

How does it Affect Someone?

  • it affects me and women in the early twenties
  • now it has become often to teens and children
  • Kids: rapid mood swings and high anxiety

How is it Diagnosed?

There is no definite diagnosis. There are no tests and it is commonly mistaken for illness.

How is it Treated?

It is treated by making a plan with doctors called a medical plan. There is also a medicine called a mood stabilizer. Along with that, there are counseling and psychotherapy.

Other Names:

  • manic depression
  • manic depressive disorder
  • manic depressive illness
  • bipolar mood disorder
  • bipolar effective disorder

Extra Facts:

  • It is genetic
  • It involves environmental factors