FC: BIPOLAR DISORDER Kristin Le 4B
1: Bipolar disorder is perhaps one of the oldest known illnesses. Research reveals some mention of the symptoms in early medical records. It was first noticed as far back as the second century. Aretaeus of Cappadocia (a city in ancient Turkey) first recognized some symptoms of mania and depression, and felt they could be linked to each other. His findings went unnoticed and unsubstantiated until 1650, when a scientist named Richard Burton wrote a book, The Anatomy of Melancholia, which focused specifically on depression. His findings are still used today by many in the mental health field, and he is credited with being the father of depression as a mental illness. | HISTORY OF BIPOLAR DISORDER-
3: In families of persons with bipolar disorder, first-degree relatives (parents, children, siblings) are more likely to have a mood disorder than the relatives of those who do not have bipolar disorder. The neurotransmitter system has received a great deal of attention as a possible cause of bipolar disorder. Researchers have known for decades that a link exists between neurotransmitters and mood disorders, because drugs which alter these transmitters also relieve mood disorders. | CAUSE OF BIPOLAR DISORDER
5: Mood disorders affect not only the lives of the victims themselves, but also the entire social setting in which he/she moves; marriage, family, friends, job, society. As the illness becomes more serious, degraded performance shades into incapacity. Thus the depressive will linger in bed, begin to be routinely late for work, be unable to make decisions or handle the workload on the job, and eventually will be perceived as an unsatisfactory employee. | EFFECTS
7: Common signs and symptoms of mania include: Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next Highly distractible, unable to concentrate Impaired judgment and impulsiveness Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences Delusions and hallucinations (in severe cases) | SYMPTOMS
9: Successful treatment of bipolar disorder depends on a combination of factors. Medication alone is not enough. In order to get the most out of treatment, it's important to educate yourself about the illness, communicate with your doctors and therapists, have a strong support system, make healthy lifestyle choices, and stick to your treatment plan. | TREATMENTS
11: Bipolar disorder can be severe and long-term, or it can be mild with infrequent episodes. Patients with the disease may experience symptoms in very different ways. A typical bipolar disorder patient averages 8 - 10 manic or depressive episodes over a lifetime. However, some people experience more and some fewer episodes. Medical evidence has shown that patients with bipolar disorder have higher death rates from suicide, heart problems, and death from all causes than those in the general population. Patients who get treatment, however, experience great improvement in survival rates, including deaths from suicide.
13: http://www.bipolarsupportgroup.net/home/ www.dbsalliance.org/FindSupport http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Bipolar-Disorder/support-group http://www.mdjunction.com/bipolar
14: My letter to my daughter
15: To my future daughter, I made this scrapbook for you to see that bipolar disorder was not a joke. Your dad was very ill and he is still wishing to be here with you. I made this to help you understand about the genetics behind the disorder. The pictures and theme were to help you see. Please read through this carefully. Love always, your mom.
16: BONUS POINTS | How did i get straight hair?
18: For most genes, you have two copies of each gene that you inherited from your mother and your father. For most "traditional" genes, there is a dominant and a recessive version. If you have either one or two copies of a dominant version of a gene, you'll look like that gene. To look like the recessive version, you need two copies of the recessive form. | RESEARCH
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