Bipolar Disorder

By Natalie Hunt

4th hour Health

Mrs. Hammett

What is bipolar disorder?

A mental disorder when you are hysterical one minute then dangerously depressed in another, typically ranging between the ages of late teens to early 40s

Myth: polar disorder is just another name for mood swings.

This is not true because Matthew Rudorfer, MD, associate director of treatment research in the division of services and intervention research at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md. says that the mood swings of bipolar disorder are far more serious than those without the condition. Bipolar mood swings are more server and last longer than regular mood swings. Bipolar mood swings get in the way of everyday life, such as work, school, or functioning correctly throughout the day. Regular mood swings are influenced when you hear you couldn't go to the movies, or rain spoiled their plans for the weekend.

Truth: therapy is most commonly used to help ease bipolar disorder

There are three types of therapy used with patients with bipolar disorder:cognitive behavioral (CBT), interpersonal and social rhythm, psychoeducation. CBT helps patients cope with their symptoms, behavior, and moods to help prevent a relapse. Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy helps maintain routine and social interactions. Phychoeducation teaches patients and their families about their disease, and tools to manage and look out for mood swings.

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Living with bipolar disorder and where to go for help