According to Public Medical Health, “bipolar condition is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression.” There are several types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder type one includes individuals that have had at least one manic episode and periods of major depression, which was previously referred to as manic depression. The second type is bipolar disorder type two that involve individuals who have never had full periods of mania. These individuals go through periods of impulsiveness and energy levels that are high, and alternate with episodes of depression. Culturally, our society does not view individual’s with bipolar disorder in the healthiest manner. It views these individuals as being mentally ill, and needing to receive treatment in order to be competent individuals in society. Biomedicine views bipolar as a illness that can be treated properly, if an individual is taking the proper medication, seeing a therapist, and willing to seek treatment, as well as acknowledge that they have a problem.
This influences the management and treatment of bipolar, since individuals do not want to be categorized by society as mentally ill; no one wants to view themselves in that way and doesn’t want to think of that at all. This can make it difficult for a person to want to seek treatment, let alone be willing to admit that there is something wrong with them.
In terms of this disorder, I do not believe that there is a connection between belief and healing, in terms of bipolar disorder. While being accepting and acknowledging the fact that you have, as a mental illness is a huge step and will help you with the recovery process. However, receiving proper therapy, as well as medication to even out a person’s brain chemistry is necessary for there to be proper treatment, and for an individual to lead a normal life. From what I recall from the placebo video, an individual’s mind has the potential to heal itself, or at least make the individual think t hat there is potential of actual recovery. While having a healthy mindset is extremely important and a big step towards there being an effective treatment, I feel as though it is highly important for individual’s to receive proper medical treatment that will play a truly affective role in helping to treat the problem. With my own personal experience, attitude is everything, but it will not improve your condition unless you are receiving the proper treatment for it; a positive attitude or way of thinking, or believing something is occurring will never truly alter the affects of say, cancer in a person’s body, fix a broken bone, or cure an illness.