Amy Truong & Shalena Le
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior
• extreme mood swings such as extreme happiness (mania episode) or extreme depression (depressive episode). • affects mood and the daily activity in the person's life (which includes extreme changes in energy, activity, sleep, and behavior) • may experience hallucinations and delusions • resulting to high chances of alcohol abuse or substances to cope with disorder
• Physical examination, an interview, and lab tests are conducted to diagnose the disorder. • The symptoms must be a major change from the normal mood or behavior.
• This leads to the four types of Bipolar disorder: - Bipolar I Disorder: manic and depressive episodes that lasts for at least a week - Bipolar II Disorder: consists of patterns of depressive and manic episodes - Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified: symptoms exist, however not yet to the extreme - Cyclothymic Disorder: mild form of bipolar disorder
• Can be treated effectively over the long-term, which allows the patients to gain better control of the mood changes • Different types of medication for different patients because everyone is different. These medications include mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and antidepressants. • There is also psychotherapy, which provide support, education, and guidance.
• There are several different kinds such as cognitive behavioral therapy, family-focused therapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, and psychoeducation. • Less common methods of treatment are shock therapy, sleep medication, and herbal supplements.
Give them a call if you are experiencing any of this! Reach out to others for help! • National - Suicide and Crisis Center: 1-855-278-4204 - NAMI: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) • Local - Valley Medical Center Emergency Psychiatric Services: 1-408-885-6100 - Santa Clara County Mental Health Services: 1-800-704-0900
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Our call to action for you is to save at least one of the previous phone numbers on your phones so you can use it or give it to a friend in need. We challenge the audience to study these disorders to become self aware.
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