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What Is Bipolar I Disorder?


What Is Bipolar I Disorder?  You may have heard of Bipolar II Disorder.  However, what makes Bipolar I Disorder significant?  This article will answer this particular question.

What Is Bipolar I Disorder?

According to webmd, the following can be noted about Bipolar I Disorder:

Bipolar I disorder (pronounced “bipolar one” and also known as manic-depressive disorder or manic depression) is a form of mental illness. A person affected by bipolar I disorder has had at least one manic episode in his or her life. A manic episode is a period of abnormally elevated mood and high energy, accompanied by abnormal behavior that disrupts life.

Most people with bipolar I disorder also suffer from episodes of depression. Often, there is a pattern of cycling between mania and depression. This is where the term “manic depression” comes from. In between episodes of mania and depression, many people with bipolar I disorder can live normal lives.

What Are The Symptoms For Bipolar I Disorder?

According to webmd, the following can be stated about Bipolar I Disorder:

During a manic episode in someone with bipolar disorder, elevated mood can manifest itself as either euphoria (feeling “high”) or as irritability.

Abnormal behavior during manic episodes includes:

  • Flying suddenly from one idea to the next
  • Rapid, “pressured” (uninterruptable), and loud speech
  • Increased energy, with hyperactivity and a decreased need for sleep
  • Inflated self-image
  • Excessive spending
  • Hypersexuality
  • Substance abuse

Who Is At Risk For Developing Bipolar I Disorder?

According to webmd, the following can be noted:

Virtually anyone can develop bipolar I disorder. About 2.5% of the U.S. population suffers from bipolar disorder — almost 6 million people.

Most people are in their teens or early 20s when symptoms of bipolar disorder first appear. Nearly everyone with bipolar I disorder develops it before age 50. People with an immediate family member who has bipolar are at higher risk.


To conclude this specific article, this article has been divided into three specific sections: What is Bipolar I Disorder, What are the symptoms of Bipolar I Disorder, in addition to who is at risk for developing Bipolar I Disorder?  On an even further note, if you are to gain one important thing from this particular article, it is important to remember Bipolar I Disorder is specified by Manic Episodes.  When an individual has a Manic Episode, he/she is very grandiose and has a lot of energy.  If you or a loved one believe you have Bipolar I Disorder, always seek help.



What Is Bipolar I Disorder?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). What Is Bipolar I Disorder?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/04/what-is-bipolar-i-disorder-2/


Last updated: 23 Apr 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 23 Apr 2017
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