Mental illness has become more prevalent to the nursing world. Bipolar disorder is one of the more common mental illnesses that affect many of the patients. It is a chronic disease with recurring episodes of mania and depression that can lasts for days to months. These symptoms can have a negative impact on the patient’s life. A person can feel overwhelmed, a loss of control, loss of autonomy, and feeling flawed after an episode of bipolar disorder. A qualitative study was performed to research the ways that bipolar disorder impacts a patient’s life and day to day living.
Patients have many problems controlling their bipolar disorder. Medication can be effective in the acute stage; however evidence suggests patients do not have a full recovery. “Only 40% maintain their pre-morbid …show more content…
Other studies have been performed regarding mental illness and bipolar disorder; however this author felt it necessary to describe the subjective feelings and voices of the actual patients themselves. “This study aimed to examine how patients with bipolar disorder, currently receiving community mental health treatment, describe its impact on their life” (Crowe, 2011). This study aimed to help nurses and hospital professionals understand that a collaborative approach was necessary to treat these patients. Research questions include “how has the diagnosis of bipolar disorder impacted your life”, “how have your moods impacted on you growing up”, “how have your moods impacted on school/work”, “how have your moods impacted on establishing direction in your life and on your sense of who you are as a person”, and “how have your moods impacted on your relationships with others” (Crowe, 2011). The qualitative method was chosen because it gives a closer and more subjective look into the life of a bipolar