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Bi-Polar Disorder

Bi-Polar Disorder refers to extreme variations in mood between manic episodes and symptoms concurrent with Major Depression. Having all the symptomatic features of Major Depressive Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder includes elevated mood where there is presence of impulsive behavior, overactive speech, impoverished judgment and a decreased need for sleep.
Genetics, family history, environmental stress, and biochemical disturbances all may play a role in the onset of Bipolar Disorder. Medical research indicates that depression may be linked to imbalances of the brain’s chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters.

Brain function by SPECT scan in person with Bipolar Disorder.

Brain function by SPECT scan in healthy brain.

Bipolar disorder involves at least one manic episode, which is determined by at least three of the symptoms described below , and usually one or more major depressive episodes with at least five of the symptoms described under major depression.

Medication can help regulate the symptoms of Bi-Polar Disorder. Seeking specialized professional therapy and strictly following a treatment plan are keys to overcoming mental illness.

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TPC Adult Mental Health Services
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