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- n. A psychiatric disorder marked by alternating episodes of mania and depression. Also called bipolar illness, manic-depressive illness.
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- n. A psychiatric diagnostic category, previously called manic depression, characterised by mood swings between great energy (manic) and clinical depression.
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- n. a mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression
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The DSMs break bipolar disorder down into categories: bipolar type 1, bipolar type 2, and bipolar NOS Not Otherwise Specified.
It is also possible that what doctors have identified as early-onset bipolar disorder might be an entirely different phenomenon.
“Because during periods of remission people with bipolar disorder can lead functional lives, it appears that they can control the illness,” explains Dr. Faedda.
According to Dr. Gianni Faedda, psychiatrist and director of the Lucio Bini Mood Disorders Center www.mood-center. org, bipolar disorder is perceived as a character flaw more often than other mental illnesses are.
Early-onset bipolar disorder is one of the most complex and challenging diagnoses that I make in my practice.
Several times Dr. Frazier has used MRI to rule out bipolar disorder in cases in which a child presented with atypical bipolar symptoms but an MRI revealed tiny brain lesions, actually caused by Lyme disease.
According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill NAMI, current genomic research may be leading to the discovery of even more types of bipolar disorder than we know about today.
Worldwide case reports from the Archive of General Psychiatry record children on lithium for bipolar disorder as early as 1978.
Federal National Mortgage Association, determined that bipolar disorder is a physical, not a mental, illness under the long-term disability benefit plan covering employees of the association.
According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the treatment success rate for bipolar disorder is 80 percent.