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  • 1. Bipolar Disorder and Sylvia Plath By Arielle Tenorio
  • 2. 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).
  • 3. These mood swings are called “ episodes .” Here are the four main types of episodes that a person with bipolar disorder would have...
  • 4.
    • Depression
    • Mania
    • Hypomania
    • Mixed moods
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  • 8. Treatment for bipolar disorder
    • The best treatment strategy involves a combination of:
    • medication
    • therapy
    • lifestyle changes
    • social support.
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. Triggers include...
    • Stress
    • Seasonal changes
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Medication
    • Substance abuse
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    • 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.”
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    • Works cited:
    • http://www.bipolar.com/
    • www.suite101.com/article.cfm/depression/40073
    • www.poemhunter.com/poem/lady-lazarus/
    • www.helpguide.org/mental/bipolar_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm