Depression Paper

1136 Words Dec 31st, 2012 5 Pages
Depression Paper Kevin Lausterer Axia College University of Phoenix

Many people become depressed at some point in their lives, but when these feelings interfere with an individual’s ability to live a normal life and persist for an extended period, the individual should seek professional help. Some individuals not only experience depression but also extreme highs, known as mania, making it more difficult to live a normal, productive life. I will outline the differences between unipolar and bipolar disorders. In addition, I will address the underlying causes of unipolar and bipolar disorders, I will indicate the symptoms that an individual with unipolar or bipolar may be suffering
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There are no lab tests or other procedures for diagnosing Bipolar Disorder. Instead, a healthcare professional must take a very thorough history of both the patient and, if possible, the patient's family. Bipolar Disorder does tend to run in families, although having a family history of the condition doesn't necessarily mean a person will develop Bipolar Disorder. By being open and detailed about their symptoms, people can help their healthcare professional arrive at a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis and proper treatment can help.

There is nothing specifically that someone does to “get” Bipolar Disorder, nor is it anyone’s fault. Bipolar Disorder is a disease like other diseases that may simply occur in certain people. Bipolar Disorder can impact relationships, families, friends, and personal goals. Learn more about how to talk about Bipolar Disorder with the people in your life.

While the causes of Bipolar Disorder are still unknown, the symptoms are thought to be triggered by an imbalance of some key chemicals in the brain. The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells that move a constant stream of information from one cell to another. To keep the information flowing, these cells release chemicals known as “neurotransmitters” that are needed for brain function. Many scientists believe that when the levels of these neurotransmitters are too high or too low, this may result in symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, such as

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