Understanding bipolar disorder
Bipolar is commonly called manic depression, explains HealthMaker Jeffrey Borenstein, MD, a psychiatrist at The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. In this video, he elaborates on the ups and downs of the mood disorder.
And they sometimes can become psychotic with hallucinations, with delusions if untreated.
The good news about bipolar disorder is that we have excellent treatments for that condition. [SOOTHING MUSIC]
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that commonly is referred to as manic depression.
And in this mood disorder, people will experience episodes of depression,
and episodes of mania, or hypomania, depending on the type of the bipolar illness that they have.
And the episodes of depression look very much like what we call a clinical depression,
a major depression. But the person also has periods where they're very up, where they become manic, where they
have a high level of energy. They may go on spending sprees. They may act out sexually or want to act out sexually.
They-- and they sometimes can become psychotic with hallucinations, with delusions if untreated.
[SOOTHING MUSIC] The good news about bipolar disorder is that we have excellent treatments for that condition.
So people with bipolar disorder with treatment can live full, healthy lives.
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