Social Worker

Bipolar Affective Disorder


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8 CE credit hours training
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$40.00
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Robert A. Yourell
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Bipolar affective disorder can be classified as a serious mood disorder that has the following characteristics: mood swings that range from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania in bipolar disorder include an exaggerated feeling of well-being, extra energy and grandiosity in which a person begins to lose touch with reality. Symptoms of depression include a strong feeling of sadness, anxiety, and low self-esteem which can include suicidal thoughts and even attempts at suicide.

This disorder usually appears around the age of 25 and affects men and women equally but children are rarely affected by this severe disorder. It is estimated that more than two million American Adults are affected with bipolar disorder and this number includes only adults with bipolar affective disorder that are aged 18 years or older or about one percent of the total population.

Survey on the Prevalence of Bipolar Disorder
A survey conducted in 2002 which screened for


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