Sylvia Plath and Bipolar DisorderPresentation Transcript
Bipolar Disorder and Sylvia Plath By Arielle Tenorio
What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious illness that makes normal moods seem extreme. A person with bipolar disorder suffers from severe mood swings, ranging from very low (depression) to very high (mania).
These mood swings are called “ episodes .” Here are the four main types of episodes that a person with bipolar disorder would have...
Treatment for bipolar disorder
The best treatment strategy involves a combination of:
The cause of bipolar disorder
There is no single cause to bipolar disorder. Is it believed that genetics, along with environmental and psychological factors, are involved in the development of bipolar disorder.
Sylvia Plath suffered bipolar disorder and described her illness in her first book, The Bell Jar :
“ It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous and positive and despairing negative; whichever is running at the moment dominated my life, floods it. I am now flooded with despair, almost hysteria, as if I were smothering.”