What is bipolar disorder According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH: Bipolar, 2006), it is a brain disorder that causes major shifts in mood from manic to depressive and back again with normal moods in between. There are extreme disruptions in
In its depressive state, it might lead to thoughts of suicide. Bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that presently has no cure and must be managed throughout a person's life. Fortunately, however, it can be treated and "people with this illness can lead full and productive lives" (NIMH: Bipolar, 2006, par. 1)
How does bipolar disorder develop The onset of bipolar disorder can be gradual but it usually appears suddenly, emerging in adolescence or even childhood, "often between the ages of 15-24, with 90% of cases diagnosed by the age of 30" (Ballas, 2005). Research is presently underway by NIMH (Child, 2006) to better understand diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in youths.
Is Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a form of bipolar disorder or is it a different illness ADHD manifests some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder, which makes it difficult to know at an early age whether a child actually has a bipolar disorder or just ADHD. The stimulant medications used to treat ADHD may worsen manic symptoms, and antidepressant medication may induce manic symptoms. Since ADHD does not show manic symptoms as a rule, it is important to follow up with a physician if these symptoms occur. It should be noted that the manic symptoms in young people might not show euphoria but instead can be disruptive (NIMH: Child, 2006).
Are there specific symptoms that indicate a bipolar illness The symptoms of bipolar disorder go ...