Bipolar Disorder-Anam Dixon

Affects approx. 2.6% of the adult population, and 51% of the cases go untreated!

-Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder marked by alternating periods of elation and depression.

-Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults in any given year.

-Someone can try to tell if they have bipolar disease by paying attention to their emotions and whether or not they are able to carry out daily tasks without being too distracted by their mood.  If the individual goes through periods of being overly elated and then periods of feeling sad and hopeless to the point that they cannot communicate or handle daily activities, it might be an indication that they have bipolar disorder.  In this case, they should seek the opinion of a professional.

-Treatments for bipolar include oral medications (such as SEROQUEL XR) and psychotherapy (talk therapy).

- Anyone with bipolar disease can get help by being under the care of a psychiatrist, and other mental health professionals such as psychologists and psychiatric social workers can assist with additional approaches to treatment.  Help can be found at a variety of places, including hospital departments of psychiatry, private psychiatric offices and clinics, and health maintenance organizations,  People with bipolar disorder can seek  encouragement from family and friends and family physicians can play a role in referral for treatment.

-There are bipolar disorder fact sheets online that can help the public gain knowledge about the disease, such as www.treatmentadvocacy.org.  Some other resources include support groups, health institutions,  and medical books on the topic.

Citations:

www.treatmentadvocacy.org

psychcentral.com

www.seroquelxr.com

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