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How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?

posted 5 Oct 2010, 04:28 by Mpelembe   [ updated 5 Oct 2010, 04:29 ]

Bipolar disorder is a condition that can affect both adult
and adolescence at will. If you regularly have series of
mixed emotions that goes up one minutes and down the next
minute, probably have bipolar disorder. When you constantly
feel like you're on top of the world, that everything in
your life is going as planned, then all of a sudden, your
life feels like it has been turned up-side-down - chances
are you have one or two types of bipolar disorders.

Bipolar is a mental disorder that is affecting one in every
eighty three individuals in America. This condition is often
manifested by elation of good mood one minute, and having
depressive moods the next. The shift is fast and sometimes
unnoticeable by the person affected. Many individuals
affected by this type of mood disorder are those who have
history of depression in the past. This can also result from
anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs prescribed to you in
the past.

There are 3 kinds of Bipolar Disorders; the first one is
Type I Bipolar Disorder and the next is Bipolar Disorder
type II. The third of the group is known as Rapid Cycling
Bipolar disorder. The first type is commonly known as
manic-depressive disorder; the disorder that is benchmarked
by shifting of moods from happiness to sadness. The next one
is characterized by an exaggerated elated emotion followed by
extreme sadness or depression. The third one is the
continuous cycle of manic depression within 12 months

Individuals who are more likely to have bipolar disorder are
those people with history of depression; those who are sleep
deprived, or are drug addicted. Kids can also have bipolar
disorder, but it is always in the form of attention deficit
hyperactivity. It is also believed that bipolar disorder
could be due to environmental factors and other childhood

The treatment of Bipolar Disorder is more aggressive
compared to other mental disorders. The treatment often will
involve you and your psychotherapist to build trust -
relationship. Your psychotherapist will interview you
regarding all aspects of your life, including past
experiences and your point of view of today. This type of
therapy encourages the patient to become open. Another way
to treat this is by getting enough sleep, and taking some
mood stabilizer medicines. If your condition is drug
related, more often than not, you will be put in an
institution for observations in addition to other proper
management regimen.

Bipolar Disorder is curable and in some cases manageable
with the help of family members who understand the
condition. It is very important to have the right and proper
communication between the patient, family and the
psychotherapist for this type of disorder treatment to work.
Whether the disease can be successfully treated or not, it
should always be handled with reasonable amount of care.

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