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This course is about a mood disorder that is so commonly discussed in the media of late-bipolar disorder. Although this disorder is not as common as depression, the number of bipolar disorder diagnoses appears to be rising, mainly because of new research and consideration of symptoms that do not meet the full criteria for bipolar but do have many similar symptoms that cause significant impairment. Such symptomatology may comprise other bipolar categories that are considered part of the “bipolar disorder spectrum.” 

6. What is the DSM-IV-TR?

The DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text-Revised) is considered the standard diagnostic manual for establishing the diagnosis of various mental disorders. In its introduction a few caveats are outlined. Mental disorder implies a distinction of disorders of the mind from those of the body, an assumption no longer considered valid.


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7.How do chemicals work in the brain?

The brain is a complex organ composed of gray matter and white matter. Gray matter consists of the cell bodies of neurons and other support cells, and the white matter consists of long tracts of axons that run between the neurons. Each area of the brain has a somewhat specific function.


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 What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, is a medical condition of the brain that is characterized by unusual mood shifts and adversely affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, and body.


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What causes bipolar disorder?

The causes of bipolar disorder are not easily defined. When speaking of cause, it is typical to think in terms of infections of the lungs causing pneumonia or of cigarette smoking causing lung cancer.


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What chemical imbalance occurs in bipolar disorder?

Thousands of different chemicals participate in brain function and fall into different groups based on their chemical structure, mechanism of action, psychotropic effects, or where they come from in the body.


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