By Charles Atkins
Nearly 5.7 million americans have bipolar affliction, a mind illness sometimes called manic-depressive illness.
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The diagnosis of bipolar disorder, like any medical condition, involves systematically ruling out other conditions that can mimic it. , doesn’t get overlooked. As you’ll see throughout this chapter, many conditions can look a bit, or a lot, like bipolar disorder. Is bipolar disorder difficult to diagnose? It’s estimated that 70 percent of people with bipolar disorder will receive at least one inaccurate psychiatric diagnosis. On average they will see four doctors before receiving the appropriate diagnosis.
Qxd 24 10/3/07 2:53 PM Page 24 The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book how many family members have mood disorders and how closely related they are to you. From a practical perspective, if you think you are at greater risk for developing bipolar, it makes sense to avoid exposure to drugs, alcohol, and undue stress. , might well be effective in helping a person with a genetic susceptibility from going on to develop bipolar. Does bad parenting cause bipolar disorder? The answer is no, and it’s an important point to make, as for many decades parents of children with bipolar disorder and other biologically-based brain disorders have been saddled with the accusations and associated guilt that they were somehow responsible for causing the problem.
If someone has periods where they’ve rapidly fallen in love; impulsively gotten engaged, married, or divorced; had an extramarital affair; been uncharacteristically promiscuous; or had a different-for-them sexual liaison, this is significant. Because while this behavior may not rise to the level of symptoms characteristic of mania, it may represent a period of hypomania, and have significant ramifications when selecting what treatments might be most effective for this person. Figure 8: Bipolar II Mania or Mixed Hypomania Normal Dysphoria Depression 1 6 12 18 24 Months 30 36 42 48 54 What does rapid cycling mean?
The bipolar disorder answer book : answers to more than 275 of your most pressing questions by Charles Atkins