SOC313: Social Implications of Medical Issues (BGC1209A)
Instructor: Karen Thompkins
Over two million people in the United States alone suffer from a serious lifetime condition called bipolar disorder also known as manic depressive and mood disorder. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. (Bipolar Help Center) Bipolar disorder is often mistaken for hyperactivity in children known as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Bipolar disorder does affect every aspect of the person who has the disorders life. The condition affects school, jobs, and relationships. Bipolar disorder is not only hard for the person whom has the disorder but is hard for loved ones and friends around that person too. However, with proper treatment and therapy those who have bipolar disorder can lead a perfectly normal life. According to the recent Mental Health Report of the US Surgeon General bipolar along with unipolar depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder as one of the top leading causes disabilities in the United States today. (University of Michigan Depression Center) Bipolar disorder is also known as the mood disorder for obvious reasons. A person diagnosed with bipolar disorder can go a while without an episode. This does not mean they are cured; there is no cure for bipolar disorder. The person will have it for the rest of their life. The mood swings themselves are very scary and extremely hard to deal with. Depending on the type of bipolar will determine the severity of the disorder. (WebMD, 2008) Although only 3% of the population has bipolar disorder, it can be treated. Keep in mind like with most disorders this disorder also carries some heavy consequences if left untreated. Manic episodes can cause trouble with friends, family, work, and the police. Feelings of severe depression can cause suicide and self-harming; I...