[Ark • e • us] the vital principle that, according to Paracelsians, directs and maintains the growth and continuation of living beings.
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Bipolar Spectrum Disorder is primarily characterized by extreme and often unpredictable fluctuations in mood. The mood swings and associated behaviours such as disinhibited behaviour, aggression and severe depression, have a significant impact on day-to-day life, careers and relationships. Bipolar disorder has the highest suicide rate of all psychiatric disorders. Approximately 6 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder is a biological illness with strong genetic factors, and there is increasing evidence for environmental triggers. A strong tendency towards bipolar disorder runs in families; children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are four to six times more likely to develop the illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
The disorder can affect sleep, energy level and the ability to think clearly. It can interfere with a person's ability to work and perform daily living activities, and can lead to suicide attempts.
Bipolar I disorder is characterized by severe mood changes that can swing from a high-energy or manic state to a low-energy, depressive state. Patients with bipolar II disorder tend to have less severe manic episodes called hypomania.
To make matters more confusing some forms of bipolarism are mild and do not involve manic or hypomanic states. This form of bipolarism is difficult to diagnosis and is often characterized by moodiness, agitation and mild to moderate depression.
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