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Bipolar Disorder

One of the several conditions that are called a depressive disorder is the bipolar disorder. This type of disorder affects the individual’s brain functions. This disorder is of many causes. One’s early experiences, neural processes, and psychological processes are part of the few causes that are known to cause bipolar disorder.

There are many different kind of psychological studies that are conducted to examine bipolar disorder. Findings from these diverse psychological studies suggests that the time that leads to mania describe anxiety and depression having isolated sub-clinical symptoms of mania. This isolated sub-clinical symptom of mania includes an increase in an individual’s energy and having racing thoughts. The latter increase and lead to increased activity levels, especially if there is disruption in circadian rhythms or goal attainment events. There is some sign that once mania has begun to expand, social stressor’s, including criticism from significant others, can further contribute. This finding has been known to be consistent although there is a variety in cyclical patterns.

In the case of neural processes, researchers proposed a hypothesis that abnormalities in specific brain circuits have been known to cause bipolar disorder. These abnormalities in specific brain circuits are in the areas of the brain such as the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex. Researchers have put forward the kindling theory which states that individuals who are predisposed to bipolar disorder can experience a series of stressful events. A change in the individuals mood follows the stressful events that lower his or her threshold.

The development of bipolar disorder has been linked to one’s early experiences because environment always plays a significant role in the development of one’s lifer. Almost fifty percent of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder reported that during their childhood they have experience abusive and traumatic experiences. One’s early experiences is significantly linked to cause bipolar disorder.

Dealing with bipolar disorder is quite difficult that is why it is important to seek professional help. Although there is no accurate aid for this kind of disorder, there are treatments that can able to stabilize an individual’s mood. These treatments are able to manage and organize mood. To be able to stabilize the mood of the individual, there is a prescription of medical drugs. This medical drug includes the use of lithium carbonate or lamotrigine. Lithium carbonate and lamotrigine are known to prevent manic and depressive episodes. However, drug treatment is not enough to help an individual recover from bipolar disorder. There is also a need for psychotherapy.

The reduction of negative emotions, recognition of triggering episodes, alleviation of symptoms, and the recognition of symptoms before full blown bipolar episode happen, are the important business being dealt by psychotherapy. These psychotherapy uses cognitive behavioral therapy, family focused therapy, and psychoeducation. Psychotherapy teaches different type of techniques such as relaxation and distraction techniques in order to ensure recovery from bipolar disorder. Psychotherapy deals with different facets of an individual’s life while trying to figure out the reason of bipolar disorder. With the information of where the bipolar disorder sprang from is a big help since the birth of the disorder is helpful in finding ways to cure the disorder. To ensure successful recovery, psychotherapy is paired with medical treatments.

Psychotherapy compared with medical treatment has been known to successfully help people with bipolar disorder.

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