All about Bipolar Disorder

By Vaishak K.

What is it?

Bipolar disorder is one of many depressive disorders that affects the way your brain functions.

Manic Signs and Symptoms

  • Racing speech
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Elevated mood and exaggerated optimism
  • Increased physical and mental activity
  • Irritability, aggressive behavior, and impatience.
  • Poor behavior
  • Reckless behavior
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inflated sense of self importance

Depression Signs and Symptoms

  • Loss of interest
  • Sad or irritability
  • Lack of energy
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Inability to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Appetite loss
  • Anger, worry, and anxiety

How does Bipolar disorder

Bipolar can affect a person by making them think thoughts of suicide or death. It makes people extremely happy or sad, and affects his/her brain function

Other Names for Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar 1
  • Bipolar 2
  • Cyclothymic disorder
  • Depressive disorder
  • Manic depression
  • Manic depressive disorder
  • Bipolar mood disorder
  • Manic depressive illness

How is it Diagnosed?

It is diagnosed when psychiatrists look at a history of a child. They cannot diagnose it by x-ray or scans.

How is it Treated?

Although there is no cure, bipolar disorder is treated with mood stabilizers or psychotherapy.

Bipolar in Children

Although it's most common for teens and adults to have bipolar disorder, even children can be diagnosed with it.
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