Understanding Bipolar Disease

December 12, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Health & Fitness

Bipolar disorder, like any form of mental illness, has a hereditary predisposition. If you have an immediate family member who has the mental illness, there is a big chance that you can develop one too. If you think that you may be developing the disorder, it is best that you check with your psychiatrist so that the mental illness can be managed or stopped form its tracks.

Bipolar Disease or Bipolar Disorder is a cyclic illness where people who are suffering from it display episodes of elevated or maniac behavior and depression. These episodes occur in alternating states and can last for anywhere between 3 to 6 months every year.

Jules Baillarger a French neurologist described these extreme mood changes as being merely different phases of the same illness “folli a double forme”, translated as ‘dual-form insanity’.

There are two types of bipolar disorder such as Bipolar I disorder and Bipolar II disorder. The first type involves episodes of severe mood swings, while the second type is a milder form. Cyclothymia is a mild bipolar disorder.

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is not known. However, various genetic, biochemical and environmental factors are supposed to be involved in triggering bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder have some physical and chemical changes in the brain.

Neurotransmitters, naturally occurring brain chemicals, contribute in developing bipolar disorder. Hormonal imbalance is also responsible for this disorder. This disease may be due to a combination of multiple genetic and environmental factors.

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is not known. However, various genetic, biochemical and environmental factors are supposed to be involved in triggering bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder have some physical and chemical changes in the brain.

Neurotransmitters, naturally occurring brain chemicals, contribute in developing bipolar disorder. Hormonal imbalance is also responsible for this disorder. This disease may be due to a combination of multiple genetic and environmental factors.

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