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Bipolar Disorder Signs, Symptoms and Treatment DVD
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Bipolar Disorder Signs, Symptoms and Treatment DVD

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Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated mood clinically referred to as mania or, if milder, hypomania. Individuals who experience manic episodes also commonly experience depressive episodes or symptoms, or mixed episodes in which features of both mania and depression are present at the same time. These episodes are usually separated by periods of "normal" mood, but in some individuals, depression and mania may rapidly alternate, known as rapid cycling. Extreme manic episodes can sometimes lead to psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. The disorder has been subdivided into bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymia, and other types, based on the nature and severity of mood episodes experienced; the range is often described as the bipolar spectrum.


Data from the United States on lifetime prevalence vary but indicate a rate of around 1 percent for Bipolar I, 0.5 to 1 percent for Bipolar II or cyclothymia, and between 2 and 5 percent for subthreshold cases meeting some but not all criteria. The onset of full symptoms generally occurs in late adolescence or young adulthood. Diagnosis is based on the person's self-reported experiences, as well as observed behavior. Episodes of abnormality are associated with distress and disruption, and an elevated risk of suicide, especially during depressive episodes. In some cases it can be a devastating long-lasting disorder. In some cases, however, it has been associated with creativity, goal striving and positive achievements.


Genetic factors contribute substantially to the likelihood of developing bipolar disorder, and environmental factors are also implicated. Bipolar disorder is often treated with mood stabilizer medications, and sometimes other psychiatric drugs. Psychotherapy also has a role, often when there has been some recovery of stability. In serious cases in which there is a risk of harm to oneself or othersinvoluntary commitment may be used; these cases generally involve severe manic episodes with dangerous behavior or depressive episodes with suicidal ideation. There are widespread problems with social stigma, stereotypes andprejudice against individuals with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.


Also called manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, the current term "bipolar disorder" is of fairly recent origin and refers to the cycling between high and low episodes (poles). A relationship between mania and melancholia had long been observed, although the basis of the current conceptualisation can be traced back to French psychiatrists in the 1850s. The term "manic-depressive illness" or psychosis was coined by German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin in the late nineteenth century, originally referring to all kinds of mood disorder. German psychiatrist Karl Leonhard split the classification again in 1957, employing the terms unipolar disorder (major depressive disorder) and bipolar disorder

In its simplest definition, this video explores and defines all possible questions on BIPOLAR DISORDERS along with Treatment...
You will also learn to:
Define Bopolar
What Causes Bipolar Disorders
Classification of Bipolar Disorders
- Bipolar 1
- Bipolar 2
- Cyclothymia
- Bipolar NOS
Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder
Differential Diagnosis for Episodes
Mania & Depression
Statistics on Bipolar
Famous Persons who too have Bipolar Disorder
Course of Bipolar
Signs & Symptoms of Biploar Disorder
Symptoms of Mania
Symptoms of Depression
A look at Heritidy & Environmental Factors with Bipolar
Heterogeneity of Bipolar
NeuroBiology & Bipolar Disorder
Interviewing Potential Bipolar Patients
Mood Disorder Questionaire
DSM IV Criteria
Substance Abuse
Management of Bipolar Disorder
Comprehensive Treatment Strategies
What are Mood Stabilizers?
Mood Stabilizer Medications
Pros & Cons of Lithium
Pros & Cons of Carbamazepine
Pros & Cons of Oxcarbazepine
Pros & Cons of Valproate
Pros & Cons of Lamotrigine and Other Convulsants
Pros, Cons & Side Effects of Atypical Antipsychotics
Biopsychosocial Treatment
Developing Treatment Targets
Suicide & Intervention
Strategies for Reducing Suicidal Risk
An Overview of Medication Side Effects
Stress Management
Types of Related Terms
Maintenance Considerations
Future Directions in Tx for Bipolar Disorder
What Does the Future Hold



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