Bipolar Disorder

With mental disorders such as Bipolar, diagnosing can be very tough as physically the person may seem as normal as can be but it’s more within their head and between their ears where the problem lies. It is almost something that the patient must diagnose by themselves before they can even address the problem with family, friends, clinicians, and even within ones culture. With mental disorders being extremely subjective and vary from case to case, there are some symptoms that seem commonly shared across each bipolar situation. The “bi” part of bipolar represents the two moods that each person with the disorder experience, with those being a “mania” and a “depressive” state of mind. The depressive side of the disorder is typically more active or expressed and can be diagnosed with symptoms such as problems sleeping, loss in social activity, anxiety, and paranoia just to name a few. As far as treatment goes there is a few ways to address bipolar disorder, one being psychiatry intervention. These people seem to have a more open mind and provide an ear to talk to, which can be beneficial for someone suffering from bipolar because not many people as far as family and friends go can completely understand and accept what this person is going through where as the psychiatrist, like I said, is more open minded and experienced to these mental disorders. Another option of treatment is taking pharmaceuticals such as anti-depressants, which affects everyone differently, as described from the guy in the course materials he took them and made him feel worse after the effects wore off. Will pills being given as a treatment for dealing with a mental disorder, a placebo could definitely be used and has been used. The idea that a person is taking this medication for their particular disorder (especially since it’s a subjective disorder), it might brighten their mood, make them feel better, or even less depressed even though the pill actually might not have any therapeutic value. As it said in the placebo video, many doctors knowingly prescribe these pills after being told not to and yet the patients still seem to believe they have a positive effect.

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  1. Widad Nasser says:

    Bipolar disorder can be misunderstood in many ways. This disorder is intimidating because the symptoms of the illness can make a person uncomfortable. The split personality of a person, for instance, one day they are very happy and excited and the next they have suicidal thoughts and no one understands why. In the American culture, I have heard many people call someone bipolar just because of their sudden mood change. However, that person does not have the disorder, they are showing a sudden mood change and it is mistaken for bipolar disorder. Culturally it seems that bipolar disorder is not perceived as a real illness like cancer, where it is quickly diagnosed and there are more concrete treatment options. There is a prejudice against people with this disorder because it is not advertised or campaigned for in regard to finding a cure. It is a disorder of the mind and we live in a society where we are constantly told to discipline our actions or we are at fault and have to pay the consequences. For instance, prisons do not discriminate against the mentally ill and murderers. There are a lot of inmates with mental illness but it is not a “disease” to medicate. The solution is to confine them in a cellblock with the mass majority of inmates who are not bipolar.

  2. Riasia Franklin says:

    The topic you picked to talk about seems really interesting. Someone who has a bipolar disorder can show so many different emotions in a short amount of time. This illness or condition is misunderstood in so many ways in the world. People may feel freightned or threatened by being around someone who may be bipolar. One of the ways that a bipolar disorder might be misunderstood might be when someone gets mad about something then they are fine within a few minutes, someone might say “he/she is bipolar”, when they’re really not, they’re just showing emotions which is totally normal with people in the world. I believe the true actions of someone being bipolar would be maybe having suicidal thoughts, or suffer from severe depression which leads to serious, and quick mood fluctuations. These perceptions about bipolar disorder actually have influence on them from social institutions by giving attention to the patient who might be suffering from the disorder. Scheduling frequent visits, and prescribing anti-depressant medications help treat those with the condition. Family and friends might influence this condition. These perceptions are also influenced by family and friends because people may be quick to call someone bipolar just from seeing the happy one day to being very mad or sad the next day. Also, people may refer to each other as “emotional roller coasters” which also would have some influence on the way the bipolar disorder could be perceived.

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