Psychological Disorder: February 28th, 2011

If I were to have a mental or emotional breakdown, the disorder that I would most likely develop would be bipolar disorder. Mania and depression take over when one has bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder can cause one to have rapid changes in one’s mood, activity, and energy. According to National Institute of Mental Health (2011), “Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives” (What is bipolar disorder, para. 1).

There are four different types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar I disorder is best described as the depressive mania that lasts about two weeks in length. This must be a significant change from one’s normal behavior. Bipolar II disorder can be considered a series of episodes. The next is bipolar disorder not otherwise specified, this is where the person being diagnosed does not have the symptoms long enough to be considered for the first two but can be identified as out of the norm behavior. The last form of bipolar disorder is Cyclothymia which one can have episodes for at least two years but do not meet all requirements to be bipolar I or II disorder  (National Institute of Mental Health, 2/4/11).

The relationship between bipolar disorder and socialization is extremely significant. I believe that if I were to have a breakdown that bipolar disorder would surface as my parents are both addictive personalities and would be developed based on highs and lows. Bipolar disorder can affect socialization because if one is having a manic state, he or she will seem happy to friends and family and will be a pleasure to be around. People that are close to the individual know that this will not last forever and prepare for any moment to when he or she will become in their depressive state, and vice versa. Individuals that mat not know the person with the disorder may judge them based on the disorder and the state in which they meet the individual. This can cause conflict in a social setting and can also affect social status.

When it comes to human development, bipolar disorder can play a major role. Development socially, biologically, physiologically, and psychologically will have an impact with one who has the disorder. Biologically there can be issues with brain development if started at an early age and not caught early on. Psychologically one can lose touch with many hobbies that he or she likes to participate in.  The relationship between human development and socialization within bipolar disorder is a large trend and affect on each person with the disorder. Both human development, and socialization affect the disorder and personality of the individual with the disorder.

If I were to have a mental or emotional breakdown, the disorder that I would most likely develop would be bipolar disorder. Mania and depression take over when one has bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder can cause one to have rapid changes in one’s mood, activity, and energy. If an individual with bipolar disorder does not seek help, the episodes could end of being for a greater length of time and the individual could risk getting depression which could lead to other disorders and problems.

Reference

National Institute of Mental Health. (2/4/2011). What is Bipolar Disorder? Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/what-is-bipolar-disorder.shtml

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