Bipolar Disorder by Peggy J. Parks

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Kay Redfield Jamison, in Grace Bello, “A Conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry,” Atlantic, November 11, 2011. com. Jamison is a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a noted authority on bipolar disorder, which she has battled for a number of years. “ Brain imaging and other types of studies are helping uncover differences in the brains of people with bipolar disorder. The significance of these differences is still uncertain. ,” Healthline, September 25, 2013.

This graph shows some of the difficulties people with bipolar disorder regularly encounter. Stigma-Related Problems Experienced by People with Bipolar Disorder Do you think the average person is afraid of someone with a serious mental illness? 6% Have your experiences with stigma caused you to think less about yourself or your abilities? 8% Do you try to avoid situations that may be stigmatizing to you? 8% Do you think people will think less of you if they know you have a mental illness? 62% Have your experiences with stigma affected your satisfaction with or quality of life?

This is why depression alone is not enough to diagnose an individual with bipolar. ” —Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, “Frequently Asked Questions About Bipolar Disorder,” 2013. org. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation seeks to fight mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. “ It is well established that bipolar disorder can have childhood onset. Indeed, retrospective studies have found that adult patients report childhood onset in the majority of cases.

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