Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorders"Manic Depression"

A child or adolescent with bipolar disorder can behave quite differently at home than at school or in the doctor's office. The child appears different in different settings, diagnosing bipolar disorder sometimes invites disagreement between parents, schools, and clinicians.Taking care of a family member with bipolar disorder can mean that there is little time, money or energy left to spend on outside relationships or activities. This can put everyone on edge. Marital stresses may increase, sibling rivalries may become more of an issue and even shifting of roles among members may take place. For example, if one parent is affected, the parent may confide in children and use them for emotional support rather than the reverse.Of course, conflict would appear sooner or later in family unit whether or not a member is affected with bipolar disorder. As in other families, working on communication and conflict resolution will play a major role in holding the family together and helping all members to thrive. Getting the affected member into counseling and finding the proper medication are the first steps to be taken. Then, the rest of the family will need to become educated about the disorder to keep expectations reality-based. Young people with bipolar disorder are often symptomatic at home, since moods are harder to control when the child feels tired (morning or evening), stressed by the intensity of family relationships, or pressured by the demands of daily responsibilities (such as homework and having to get ready for school on time).

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness known as a mood disorder or an affective disorder.This is also known to be manic depression.Reason being a person's mood can alternate between the "poles", mania (highs) and depression (lows).You also have a biploar disorder 2, it is called hypomania. This case is not as severe.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Effects of bipolar disorder can be far reaching, both into the lives of patients and those around them. Bipolar disorder affects work, school, relationships, physical health and many other aspects of everyday life. In fact, in the early 1990s, it was calculated that the loss of productivity due to bipolar disorder cost $15.5 billion annually.The most severe effect of bipolar disorder is suicide. Unfortunately, 25% - 50% of people with bipolar disorder attempt suicide and 11% commit suicide.1The best way to lessen the effects of bipolar disorder is an accurate, professional bipolar diagnosis and early, appropriate bipolar treatment.

The differences in behaviors seen at home and at school can be dramatic. Children tend to react differently to the stresses of schoolwork, classroom noise, and transitions between classes and activities, some children show more severe symptoms at school, while others may show more severe symptoms at home. Over time, these symptoms may worsen if the child is untreated, if the illness worsens, or if new problems develop. Families often seek treatment once problem behavior affects a child's school performance.At school, children with bipolar disorder may be affected by some or all of the following symptoms.1.Crying for no apparent reason, appearing upset out of proportion to actual events.2.Side effects from medications3.Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 4.Impaired ability to plan, organize, concentrate, and use reasoning.

Many who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder have been "cured" and haven't had to resign themselves to a life of strong pharmaceutical drugs. Bipolar disorder is currently the most misdiagnosed disorderwith more than an estimated 50% of BD diagnoses reportedly inaccurate. As far as the success ratio of treating bipolar disorder through drug treatment along withpsychotherapy, the most thorough long-term study (covering two years) every conducted on this point concluded that 50% treated with the best evidence, based treatment for bipolar disorder somtimeshs achieved remission. However there was a 50% relapse rate.(DePaulo, Raymond, M.D., 2006). It was noted that not all receive the best treatment, but treatment "as usual". Therefore, the actual success rate is much lower than the 50% of 50%, or 25% rate recorded. Walking, bike riding, hiking, swimming, taking up art, movies, and video games can be great stress-relievers and strategies for overcoming depression. It contributes to a healthy chemical balance in the brain, naturally releasing endorphins, giving you a sense of well being, balance, and of moving forward in life.

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What are the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?Bipolar disorder causes repeated mood swings, or episodes, that can make someone feel very high (mania) or very low (depressive). The cyclic episodes are punctuated by normal moods.Mania Episode Signs and Symptoms:•Increased energy, activity, restlessness•Euphoric mood•Extreme irritability•Poor concentration•Racing thoughts, fast talking, jumping between ideas•Sleeplessness•Heightened sense of self-importance•Spending sprees•Increased sexual behavior•Abuse of drugs, such as cocaine, alcohol and sleeping medications•Provocative, intrusive or aggressive behavior•Denial that anything is wrongDepressive Episode Signs:•Sad, anxious or empty-feeling mood•Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism•Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and helplessness•Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed, including sex•Decreased energy, fatigue•Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions•Restlessness and irritability•Sleeplessness or sleeping too much•Change in appetite, unintended weight loss or gain•Bodily symptoms not caused by physical illness or injury•Thoughts of death or suicide


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