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Bipolar Disorder
A discussion of bipolar disorder, it's diagnosis and treatments.
# 91216 | 1,255 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2006 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Physiological) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper discusses bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function. The paper examines how those who suffer from bipolar disorder may suffer from extreme mood swings, alternating between depression and mania, which differ from the normal ups and downs experienced by most people. The paper further discusses how there are two types of bipolar - bipolar I and bipolar II, affecting approximately one percent of the population. The paper discusses various treatment options and concludes that bipolar disorder can be treated by medications, even though there is some disagreement as to its cause.

From the Paper:

"Because bipolar disorder is an affective disorder, it is characterized by extreme moods. However, one of the important things required for a diagnosis is to rule out external causes for the mood. Therefore, in order to be diagnosed with a mood disorder, the change in mood cannot be "due to external medication, drugs, or treatment for depression." (Wikipedia, "Bipolar Disorder"). Once external factors have been excluded, doctors can make a definitive diagnosis of a mood disorder. This can be difficult because there is a high incidence of alcohol or drug abuse in those with bipolar disorder."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Eli Lilly and Company. "Understanding Bipolar Disorder." Bipolar Help Center. 2005. Eli Lilly and Company. 4 Oct. 2005 <>.
  • GlaxoSmithKline. "Bipolar Signs and Symptoms." 2005. GlaxoSmithKline. 4 Oct. 2005 <>.
  • National Institute of Mental Health. "Bipolar Disorder." National Institute of Mental Health. 2002. National Institute of Health. 4 Oct. 2005 <>.
  • Wikipedia. "Bipolar Disorder." Wikipedia. 2005. Wiki Media. 4 Oct. 2005<>.
  • Wikipedia. "Manic Episode." Wikipedia. 2005. Wiki Media. 4 Oct. 2005 <>.

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