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Bipolar disorder is a disease that effects one in every five Americans It is second only to heart disease for loss of workdays in the US Due to popular belief the cause of Bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance in the brain This imbalance is due to one neurotransmitter called norepinephrine it is thought to be the cause of depressive symptoms Norepinephrine is a hormone produced by the adrenal medulla similar in chemical and pharmacological properties to epinephrine also a hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stimulation to the sympathetic nervous system Norepinephrine and epinephrine are the two active hormones that cause some of the physiological expressions of fear and anxiety It appears that in states of Mania ones Norepinphrine levels are extremely high and in a depressive state the level is very low However despite intense research and investigation the cause of bipolar disorder is still unknown Other suggestions of basis of this disease consist of viral infections and tragic or stressful events in ones life Symptoms of Depression can be anything from loss of appetite to excessive crying But typical symptoms are -Depressive blue mood This can include a sad feeling and an irritable attitude -Feelings of worthlessnessguilt This symptom includes self-hatred for problems occurring in the everyday world Also unrealistic self-blame negative self-evaluations and very low self-esteem are usually present -Excessive fatigue and or insomnia Difficulties falling asleep waking up restless or waking up earlier than usual Hypersomnia is feeling sleepy and napping all the time Commonly Manic-depressives can function very well on little or no sleep -Frequent thoughts of death or suicide Thoughts of ones own death or death in general is very common in depression -Loss of appetite Or a gain in appetite or weight or loss is common Also the types of foods being consumed is no longer important taste doesnt matter -Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities
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