Bipolar Disorder

Formerly Know as Manic Depression

Bipolar Disorder 

What is Bipolar Disorder?

When you hear the word bipolar, what do you think? “They’re crazy”. “They’ll fly off the handle if you’re not careful”. Some even use it loosely saying things like “what is your issue, you’re so bipolar”. So, what exactly IS bipolar?

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as Manic Depressive Disorder, is a disorder of the brain that causes “polar” opposite shifts in moods. There are three main stages. The high state which is the mania state, the low state, which is referred to as the depressive state and the well or normal state which is the period of time where people feel "well", and the mood is on a more level scale. Best described, when it comes to someone who suffers from bipolar disorder, one minute the person could feel like they are on a high, similar to that of feeling like Phases of Bipolaryou have a constant motor running in you on high speed. It is as if you have a constant amount of energy. The next moment, they could fall into a deep depression, not wanting to do anything for hours, days, sometimes weeks at a time.

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that effects more than 1% of the population. That is approximately 75,300,000 people worldwide that suffer from this mental disorder. It has different stages that affect everyone in different ways. Not only the people suffering from it, but also those family and friends around the person that suffer from it. There is Mania, Hypomania and Depressive states.

People affected by Bipolar disoder in Canada, the U.S. and World Wide
Bipolar Disorder Statistics Information
   
Country Population People Affected Percentage
Canada 37,314,442 2,800,000 7.50%
United States 328,532,347 5,700,000 1.73%
World Wide 7,530,000,000 75,300,000 1.00%

Manic episodes tend to last for a least 7 days and can sometimes require the person to be hospitalized while the hypomania, which is the less severe of the two, tends to not be as severe and not need hospitalization.

The depressive phase of the disorder lasts at least 2 weeks, but can last weeks, even months without proper care.

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