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Bipolar Disorder: Mental Illness

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  • Course: Psychology
  • Professor: Harwood
  • School: Hodges University
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Bipolar Disorder: Mental Illness

Hodges University

PSY2012
Professor Harwood
February 28, 2013

Table of Contents
Abstract……………………………………………………………………………………….3 Definition of Bipolar………………………………………………………………………….6
History of Bipolar…………………………………………………………………………6
Myths about Bipolar Disorder…………………………………………………………….7 Who Does Bipolar Disorder Affect? …………………………………………………………8
Children with Bipolar disorder……………………………………………………………8
Elderly with bipolar disorder……………………………………………………………...8 Bipolar Disorder-The Phases and Symptoms…………………………………………………9 Bipolar Disorder-The Diagnosis and Treatment……………………………………………..10 Summary……………………………………………………………………………………..11 References……………………………………………………………………………………12

Abstract
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that has affected people for years. Research can be tracked as far back as the 1st century in Greece. There are myths about bipolar disorder like, “Am I crazy? But research has proven that myth to be false. Bipolar disorder has stages ranging from severe manic to severe depressed mood swings. They last a short or long period of time. The symptoms are not easily detected and the treatments are extensive. Bipolar disorder is detected in children and the elderly with a diagnosis from specialized mental health doctors and is treated with different methods than the average age person with the disorder. People with bipolar disorder can live all most normal happy lives.

Bipolar Disorder: Mental Illness
Bipolar disorder has affected people for many years. It was detected back in the 1st century and later given the name Manic-depressive disorder and is known today as bipolar disorder. It is a medical disease with mood swings ranging from mild hypomania or mild depression to severe mania or severe depression. According to Bressert (2007) “the current thinking is that a predominantly biological disorder that occurs in a specific part of the brain and is due to a malfunction of the...