Bipolar Disorder and Sylvia Plath By Arielle Tenorio
What is bipolar disorder? <ul><li>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). </li></ul>
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 <ul><li>The best treatment strategy involves a combination of: </li></ul><ul><li>medication </li></ul><ul><li>therapy </li></ul><ul><li>lifestyle changes </li></ul><ul><li>social support. </li></ul>
The cause of bipolar disorder <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Sylvia Plath suffered bipolar disorder and described her illness in her first book, The Bell Jar : </li></ul><ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul>