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Bi Polar Disorder Psychological Disorders - Manic Depression The severe mood fluctuations of bipolar or manic-depressive disorders have been around since the 16th century and affect little more than 2 of the population in both sexes all races and all parts of the world Harmon 3 Researchers think that the cause is genetic but it is still unknown The one fact of which we are painfully aware of is that bipolar disorder severely undermines its victims ability to obtain and maintain social and occupational success Because the symptoms of bipolar disorder are so debilitating it is crucial that we search for possible treatments and cures The characteristics of bipolar disorder are significant shifts in mood that go from manic episodes to deep depressive episodes in a up and down trip that seemingly never end There are actually three types of bipolar disorder In bipolar III disorder there is a family history of mania or hypomania in addition to the client experiencing depressive episodes This category is not highly used but is worth noting Bipolar II disorder is marked by hypo manic episodes that have not required hospitalization Bipolar I disorder is the full-blown illness and is defined by the presence of manic episodes which require treatment and usually hospitalization Wilner 44 Bipolar disorder can strike at any age but most commonly strikes at age 18 in bipolar I for bipolar II disorder the age is 22 Durand and Barlow 189 It has also been found that children can be seen with bipolar disorder early on This is not very prevalent and is only one in every 200 cases This is thought to occur because many children with manic depression might have been misdiagnosed or just thought of as hyperactive and disruptive The early symptoms of childhood bipolar disorder distractibility irritability and hyperactivity are also the signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder It is mainly for this reason that many cases might be misdiagnosed
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