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. Matt Waldrop says:

    Hey Tyler –

    First off, I thought this was a very interesting post. I agree with you that one of the reasons bipolar disorder is so hard to diagnose is because it is subjective, and we do not have a specific test for it yet. My own perceptions of this influence are that it is a disorder with multiple biological and cultural factors playing a role in the individual. I believe hormone levels are in constant flux, and this could influence the psychological symptoms that a person with bipolar disorder may show. I also believe there is a tough stigma placed in our culture for those who have bipolar disorder, with them often being labeled as crazy or unstable. This places pressure on the individual to manage their disorder, which is probably very difficult for them. Friends might be difficult to make due to the up and down nature of the disorder, and thus the person might not have a good friend support group that understands what the person is going through. Social institutions might try to segregate these individuals, or treat these individuals differently because of the stigma placed on the disorder. Having a good support group through family or friends will probably help the individual alleviate some of the symptoms that accompany bipolar disorder.

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