Discussion of Illness

  • Tillie finds the disorder not as common as she thought it was; most people take lightly the term “bipolar” 
  • Many people misdiagnose their friends with bipolar disorder which has a negative underlying tone—misuse of the term
  • Jordan instigated the discussion of the four separate categories of bipolar disorder: bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymia, and bipolar not otherwise specified
  • The two main stages of the disorder are mania and depression
  • The treatments we found odd were electroconvulsive therapy and rTMS (repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation)
  • Most common form of treatment is medication; types of medication include:
  1. Mood-stabilizing agents (most common is lithium)
  2. Antidepressants 
  3. Benzodiazepines
  4. Neuroleptics
  5. Antipsychotics 
  6. Calcium channel blockers
  • Another common treatment is psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy

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    My name is Carly and I am a senior in high school. This blog is being used as my "journal" for my final project in Psychology. Enjoy!


    December 2012