THE TRUTH BEHIND THE BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder is an acute mental illness that is characterized by severe mood swings. The person may appear energetic at one time and then suddenly feels sad or miserable. This mental disorder can take a toll on one’s life and family members need to understand about the nature of the disorder to be able to help the person cope with the condition. While the classic symptom of a bipolar disorder is mood swing, such takes a different form. The mood swing is characterized by a mania or a sudden high emotion and may transition back to depression or the sudden feeling of sadness. Owing to this characteristic symptom, the bipolar disorder is also referred to a manic depression.The bipolar disorder can become bothersome to the person affected by it and the manic depressive state can encourage the development of a suicidal tendency. Mental health professionals usually categorize the condition into bipolar I, bipolar II, Cyclothymic Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

What are the causes of bipolar disorder?

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but health professionals believe that this kind of mental condition is due to the combination of different causative factors.

Genes

The risk of developing bipolar disorder is higher among individuals with positive family history of the mental illness. Medical studies view some correlative relationship between bipolar and schizophrenia, which tend to share the same genetic link.

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