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Bipolar Disorder By: psychpseudonymone
What is Bipolar Disorder?   <ul><li>major mood swings that go from depression to mania or both at the same time  </li></ul>
<ul><li>After feeling so many high’s and low’s..  </li></ul>I knew I was bipolar.   It is stressful to know that I feel so...
Risk Factors <ul><li>Family relatives having bipolar disorder </li></ul><ul><li>High Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Abusing drug...
<ul><li>Drinking away my problems got me here..  </li></ul>What if I hadn’t drank? What if I had found help earlier? What ...
Causes <ul><li>Brain differences </li></ul><ul><li>Imbalance of neurotransmitters affect mood </li></ul><ul><li>Imbalance ...
<ul><li>This all started after my promotion at work.. Too much stress for such a young person, I guess. I can’t help my mo...
Mania <ul><li>Feeling over energetic or very irritable </li></ul><ul><li>Cocky about what can or cannot do  </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>I have never actually experienced a true manic episode, according to my doctor. Just really close.. I guess I just...
Hypomania <ul><li>Not usually seen as a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Very energetic </li></ul><ul><li>Baseline  </li></ul>
<ul><li>The days I feel super energetic.. I can shop or work for hours without feeling fatigue.. It’s crazy how much I can...
Depression <ul><li>Feeling hopeless </li></ul><ul><li>Irritable </li></ul><ul><li>Pessimistic </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of ap...
<ul><li>I usually feel depressed after stressful days of work.. When I feel overwhelmed with work, I just want to curl up ...
Mixed State <ul><li>Symptoms of hypomania and depression </li></ul><ul><li>Depression with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Irritabil...
<ul><li>At least on the days when I’m depressed, all feelings are numbed away.  </li></ul>These days are the worst.. I fee...
Suicide  & Bipolar Disorder <ul><li>Speaking of dying  </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings of hopelessness  </li></ul><ul><li>Feeli...
<ul><li>When I feel like I cannot do anything at all, I just want to die. I mean, who would miss me? I just wanna say good...
Bipolar II <ul><li>Do not have full manic episodes </li></ul><ul><li>Only experience hypomania and depression </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>I’ve come close to mania..  </li></ul>But I guess I’m just not crazy enough yet. Ha. Ha. Ironic, isn’t it? I can’t...
Treatment <ul><li>Substance abuse treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Psychotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>Electroconvulsive therapy </...
<ul><li>Finally on medication. </li></ul><ul><li>Please. </li></ul><ul><li>I hope. I wish. I pray. </li></ul><ul><li>That ...
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This is a project for a high school AP Pscyhology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its contents, please email the teacher Chris Jocham: jocham@fultonschools.org

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  1. 1. Bipolar Disorder By: psychpseudonymone
  2. 2. What is Bipolar Disorder? <ul><li>major mood swings that go from depression to mania or both at the same time </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>After feeling so many high’s and low’s.. </li></ul>I knew I was bipolar. It is stressful to know that I feel so different day to day… and I cannot even control it.
  4. 4. Risk Factors <ul><li>Family relatives having bipolar disorder </li></ul><ul><li>High Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Abusing drugs or alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Traumatic events </li></ul><ul><li>Being fifteen through thirty in age </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Drinking away my problems got me here.. </li></ul>What if I hadn’t drank? What if I had found help earlier? What if..? What if….
  6. 6. Causes <ul><li>Brain differences </li></ul><ul><li>Imbalance of neurotransmitters affect mood </li></ul><ul><li>Imbalance of hormones </li></ul><ul><li>Inheritance </li></ul><ul><li>Stress, substance abuse, or trauma can trigger bipolar disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Seasonal Changes </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>This all started after my promotion at work.. Too much stress for such a young person, I guess. I can’t help my mood when I’m under so much stress.. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mania <ul><li>Feeling over energetic or very irritable </li></ul><ul><li>Cocky about what can or cannot do </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling hyper even without sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely chatty </li></ul><ul><li>Distracted </li></ul><ul><li>Impulsive and reckless </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid speech </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts jump around quickly </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>I have never actually experienced a true manic episode, according to my doctor. Just really close.. I guess I just never get that ‘recklessness’ that the people with mania get. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Hypomania <ul><li>Not usually seen as a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Very energetic </li></ul><ul><li>Baseline </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>The days I feel super energetic.. I can shop or work for hours without feeling fatigue.. It’s crazy how much I can do on these days. </li></ul>Wish there were more of these days.
  12. 12. Depression <ul><li>Feeling hopeless </li></ul><ul><li>Irritable </li></ul><ul><li>Pessimistic </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of appetite and weight </li></ul><ul><li>Fatigue </li></ul>Sluggish physically and mentally Sleep problems Lack of concentration Feel worthless Wanting to die
  13. 13. <ul><li>I usually feel depressed after stressful days of work.. When I feel overwhelmed with work, I just want to curl up into a ball and die. I get so close, too.. I feel worthless, unneeded, useless.. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Mixed State <ul><li>Symptoms of hypomania and depression </li></ul><ul><li>Depression with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Irritability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insomnia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Racing thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High energy and low mood = Suicide risks </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>At least on the days when I’m depressed, all feelings are numbed away. </li></ul>These days are the worst.. I feel so worthless but at the same time I have so much stress.
  16. 16. Suicide & Bipolar Disorder <ul><li>Speaking of dying </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings of hopelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling like a burden </li></ul><ul><li>Putting life in danger </li></ul><ul><li>Saying goodbye </li></ul><ul><li>Finding weapons or pills to commit suicide </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>When I feel like I cannot do anything at all, I just want to die. I mean, who would miss me? I just wanna say goodbye and disappear sometimes.. I do not really know what stops me.. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Bipolar II <ul><li>Do not have full manic episodes </li></ul><ul><li>Only experience hypomania and depression </li></ul><ul><li>If has manic episodes, then has Bipolar I </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>I’ve come close to mania.. </li></ul>But I guess I’m just not crazy enough yet. Ha. Ha. Ironic, isn’t it? I can’t even reach the ‘ultimate level’ of mania no matter how crazy I already feel..
  20. 20. Treatment <ul><li>Substance abuse treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Psychotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>Electroconvulsive therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Hospitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Medication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lithium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticolvulsants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Antipsychotics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbyax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benzodiazepines </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Finally on medication. </li></ul><ul><li>Please. </li></ul><ul><li>I hope. I wish. I pray. </li></ul><ul><li>That this will work. </li></ul>
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