Bipolar Disorder: We Need A Pokeflute

Bipolar disorder is one of the most well known neurological disorders, characterized by alternating states of prolonged depression or manic states (the term is often misused, such as to characterize a moody friend). Because two different states exist, it is difficult to administer one single drug that can alleviate both symptoms. Thus, mood stabilizers are…
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Working Backwards…

Bipolar disorder is a psychological disease characterized by extreme mood change. The highest point, termed mania, is a period of extremely good mood and impulsivity, while the lowest point, depression, is characterized by deep sadness or emptiness. Some of these intense emotional symptoms include poor judgment, spending sprees, very high self-esteem, and hyperactivity during mania…
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Psychiatry By The Book: A Cursory Look At The Mental Disorder Diagnostic Process

Psychological disorder diagnoses have spiked dramatically in the last 30 years, bringing into question the environmental origins of these disorders.  Are there environmental factors such as pollution, high stress lifestyles of capitalist societies, and technological augmentations (i.e. television and the internet) which have changed the way humans function on a biological level?  In contrast perhaps…
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Over Medicated And Undiagnosed

This week our topic focused around bipolar disorder.  Bipolar disorder is characterized by continual changes in mood that last over a long period of time.  These moods cycle between depression and mania and can last in one part of the cycle for weeks at a time.  The symptoms for mania include being easily distracted, little…
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“Delayed Concussions”

I was a football student manager from 6th grade until I graduated high school so I saw my fair share of concussions but what I had never seen was a delayed concussion that happened days after the actual head trauma happened, until it happened to my cousin. That days practice started out like any other,…
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