Table of Contents
- First Page -
"What Is Bipolar Disorder?" Article
Person with Bipolar Disorder Interview
- "Information" Page -
The Price of Being Bipolar
"The Struggles Inside My Brain" Poem By Arial Reberry
- "About BDW" Page -
Why Did I Choose This Topic?
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is a mental disorder that causes mood swings or excited behavior, a shift in energy and activity levels, prevents being able to carry out day-to-day tasks and concentration. There are three different types of bipolar disorder, Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and Cyclothymic. To be diagnosed with Bipolar I, you have to experience mania for 7 days or more. For Bipolar II, you have to experience less severe mania episodes along with depressive episodes. And for Cyclothymic, they experience periods of hypomania and periods of depressive episodes but they don't meet the requirements to be considered hypomania and depressive episodes. Symptoms of mania include poor decision making, decreased need for sleep, abnormally upbeat activity, and many more. Symptoms of depressive episodes include loss of interest, sleeping too much/insomnia, feeling of worthlessness, suicidal thoughts, and many more. Genetic inheritance and stressful life events are known to be the cause of bipolar disorder and it has been theorized that steroids and illegal substances can make people exhibit symptoms that immitate bipolar disorder. Treatment for bipolar disorder includes medication (mood-stabilizers and anti-psychotics), therapy, and lifestyle changes.