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College Student (bipolar disorder question)
Mesha123 posted:
Good afternoon, my name is Bodine Smith; I am a psychology student who needs to contact a member of the mental health medical field in reference to Bipolar disorder. As part of my course project, I will conduct field research on the practice related to my selected disorder. To gather information for my field research, I will interview a mental health professional to learn about the practice related to the disorder. These questions should assist in differentiating the chosen disorder from those found within and outside its parent category. Here are the ten questions, if you can please respond to the questions and return them in an email at your earliest convenience. 1. What is Bipolar disorder? 2. What causes it and can it be inherited? 3. How common is Bipolar disorder? 4. What are some of the myths, and why is it important to recognize the symptoms. 5. What are the symptoms? 6. Are there subtypes & if so what are they? 7. Around what age do symptoms show in a patient? 8. How do you diagnose and treat it? 9. Is it curable and if so at what stage into the diesis? 10. If someone has Bipolar disorder how would they know? And can this disorder go into remission?
Joseph F Goldberg, MD responded:
Dear Mesha,

You ask a book's worth of questions. Fortunately that book has been written: The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide by David Miklowitz, PhD. It should cover all of the questions you're posing. Also, wikipedia is a good place to start too.

Dr. G