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  1. Introduction.
  2. Etiology.
  3. Bipolar I and Bipolar II.
  4. Frequency, detection and disorders.
  5. Conclusion.

The term bipolar disorder is used to describe patterns of manic or hypomanic behavior (which is "just under manic" in the way that a hypodermic needle slips just under the skin, for example ? and it is also coupled with elevated, expansive or irritable moods) that may or may not alternate with episodes of clinically defined depression. Occasionally, people show a mixture of both high and low features at the exact same moment, or switch during the day, giving a mixed picture of rising and falling behavior.

Bipolar disorder is one of the simplest mood disorders to assess, because the generally accepted criteria meet standards for both validity and reliability. The cyclical pattern of depression and mania is easily recognizable, there is a genetic predisposition, and a treatment, lithium, is often an effective first course of treatment in terms of psychopharmacological intervention.

[...] Indeed, far more difficult is a diagnosis of depression, as if depression is followed by a manic or hypomanic episode (especially once placed on medication), the bipolar nature of the disorder may be confused with the effects of therapeutic treatment and medication. Officially, the period of mood disturbance must be accompanied by three or four of the following symptoms: Inflated self-esteem decreased need for sleep a pressure to keep talking flight of ideas or racing thoughts distractibility increased social, work, or sexual activity or psychomotor agitation excessive involvement in activities that can lead to distressing consequences, such as spending sprees, reckless driving, foolish business decisions, or sexual indiscretion possibility of psychotic features such as auditory hallucinations, delusions, or paranoid ideation. [...]


[...] All of this seems to tie in to how Van Gogh would stay up for days painting things that only he could see Treatments It is a challenge, even an affront, to the beauty of art to think that the greatest minds should be shackled to treatments and interventions and methodologies that are inherently built, fabricated and designed to wreck the person's greatness, but that is one way of looking at the treatment of bipolar disorder and it, most likely, would have robbed the world of the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh if he were changed by too great a degree. [...]


[...] This is to say that, when they are being crazy, there is no awareness that they are being crazy, which, naturally, can come in very handy for someone who is trying to break out of normal ideological constructs and paradigms and create bold, new embodiments of visions or ideas that challenge the thinking of everyday human beings which, in some sort of slick but notable way, is what the best artists like Vincent van Gogh seem to be able to do. [...]

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