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This paper examines bipolar disorder as it is discussed in the fourth and latest version of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders". The paper gives information on how to diagnose bipolar disorder and thoroughly examines its symptoms. The paper also discusses potential causes of bipolar disorder and other illnesses that may co-occur with bipolar disorder. In addition, the paper discusses clinical studies on bipolar disorder and provides options for how individuals suffering from this disorder can receive help.
From the Paper:"Depression symptoms include refusing to get out of bed for days on end, sleeping much more than usual, being tired all the time but unable to sleep, having bouts of uncontrollable crying, becoming entirely uninterested in things you once enjoyed, paying no attention to daily responsibilities, feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless for a sustained period of time, becoming unable to make simple decisions, or wanting to die." People who have both depressive and manic symptoms fall under the category of Bipolar Disorder I.
The DMS-IV has also included a Bipolar Disorder II category, which involves depressive and hypomanic symptoms. Hypomanic symptoms include "having utter confidence in yourself, being able to focus well on projects, feeling extra creative or innovative, being able to brush off problems that would paralyze you during depression, feeling 'on top of the world' but without going over the top.""
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