Bipolar Disorder

Deborah Thomas
Psych 105
March 2, 2012
Mrs. Cannin-Schuck
Bipolar Disorder
Whether you prefer to call it a mental illness or brain disorder, there is no denying the fact that a bipolar disorder can negatively impact a person’s life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), people with bipolar disorder experience unusually intense emotional states called “mood episodes” that alter a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day tasks (NIMH). Everyday tasks such as maintaining solid relationships, performing well at work, and choosing healthy lifestyles are affected negatively as a result. If left untreated, bipolar disorder may also lead to other complications such as death by suicide in extreme cases. The Mayo Clinic (MC) surmises that up to six percent of the population is afflicted with this brain disorder. Many studies have been conducted on this mental illness as a result. The object of this paper is to provide a brief overview on bipolar disorder including its origins, risk factors, symptoms, and treatments.
There are a multitude of causes and risk factors that trigger bipolar disorders in individuals. The American Journal of Public Health concluded that there is a sufficient amount of evidence linking childhood abuse to adult mental health problems, including bipolar disorder. Furthermore, this study explored whether adult health risk behaviors or mental health problems mediated the relationship between childhood abuse, adult health problems and health care utilization (Chartier, Walker & Naimark1). Found was evidence that linked relationships between childhood sexual to childhood physical abuse, smoking, alcohol problems, sexual promiscuity, and mental health problems (Walker & NaimarkChartier1). Thus, risky life style choices such as drug abuse and sexual promiscuity can become secondary complications. Obesity was also tested, however, proved unrelated (Walker & NaimarkChartier1). Mediations analysis suggested that health...