Bipolar Depression

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What is Bipolar depression disorder

The distinguishing characteristic of Bipolar depression disorder, as compared to other mood disorders, is the presence of at least one manic episode. Additionally, it is presumed to be a chronic condition because the vast majority of individuals who have one manic episode have additional episodes in the future. The statistics suggest that four episodes in ten years is an average, without preventative treatment. Every individual with bipolar depression disorder has a unique pattern of mood cycles, combining depression and manic episodes, that is specific to that individual, but predictable once the pattern is identified. Research studies suggest a strong genetic influence in bipolar disorder.

Bipolar depression disorder typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. It is often not recognized as a psychological problem, because it is episodic. Consequently, those who have it may suffer needlessly for years without treatment.

Effective treatment is available for bi polar depression disorder. Without treatment, marital breakups, job loss, alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide may result from the chronic, episodic mood swings. The most significant treatment issue is noncompliance with treatment. Most individuals with bipolar disorder do not perceive their manic episodes as needing treatment, and they resist entering treatment. In fact, most people report feeling very good during the beginning of a manic episode, and don’t want it to stop. This is a serious judgment problem. As the manic episode progresses, concentration becomes difficult, thinking becomes more grandiose, and problems develop. Unfortunately, the risk taking behavior usually results in significant painful consequences such as loss of a job or a relationship, running up excessive debts, or getting into legal difficulties. Many individuals with bipolar disorder abuse drugs or alcohol during manic episodes, and some of these develop secondary substance abuse problems.

Facts About Bi polar depression disorder

More than 2 million Americans have manic-depressive illness. It is extremely distressing and disruptive to their lives.

  • Like any serious illness, bipolar disorder also creates problems for spouses, family members, friends, and employers.
  • Family members of people with bi polar depression disorder often have to cope with serious behavioral problems (such as wild spending sprees) and the lasting consequences of these behaviors.
  • Bipolar disorder tends to run in families, and there is strong evidence that it is inherited. However, despite ongoing research efforts, a specific genetic defect associated with the disease has not yet been identified.
  • Bipolar illness has been diagnosed in children under age 12, although it is not common in this age bracket. The symptoms can be confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, so careful diagnosis is necessary.
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  1. louise ann reuterink
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    i feel worthless,really on a downer, people family, really dont understand.

  2. kelly
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I cant seem to get out of this depression this time. The dr uped my meds, I got a service dog, nothing is helping. It all started when I got mono and was bedridden for 7 1/2 weeks. Im ooen to any advice.

  3. Maria Linda
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I was diagnosed with the deseas in July this year, what iritate me is the my family treatse like a child, like my mind does not function

  4. Maria Linda
    Posted November 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Im in a messy situation at work and i might even loose my job because i worked until 1:15 in the morning. I got suspended suspended and now im going to a disciplinary hearing next Thursday.

  5. Nic
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Very interesting reading. My mariage is on the rocks. Bi polar is a contributory factor. I have ignored it for years and did not bother to read what it is all about. My focus was balancing things at home and working for 2 as she spent almost her lifetime in the 8 or more years I have known her sleeping. The symptoms described above fits her to the tee including denial. I am to blame partly as I never went to find out what she was going through and how to help moreso that I hear there is medication for it.

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