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Discuss the topic you chose (bipolar disorder). The goal of the paper should be to look at a method or method(s) used in biopsychology to investigate the cause of the psychological disorder. The disorder you choose is up to you but it should be something studied in the field of biopsychology. Then choose studies that look at different methodological approaches of biopsychology to study this disorder.

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The methods used in biopsychology to investigate bipolar disorder are examined.

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Essentially, what you need to provide is a full picture. So how will this get done? First, an outline:

1. Cover page
2. Abstract
3. Introduction - about the paper
4. History of the illness
5. Important theories & theorists - three per element
6. Signs & symptoms
7. Causes
8. Management & treatment
9. Resources/Bibliography

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Title: A Review of Bipolar Disorder (suggested)
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This study is a review of the psychiatric diagnosis known as bipolar disorder. It provides a comprehensive overview of the disease, introducing its history as recognized by modern psychology as well as the host of theories and theorists that have worked towards exploring and explaining the disorder for the purpose of managing the disorder and providing treatments. The signs and symptoms as well as the established causes of the disorders are also explored. Furthermore, treatments and management methods are also provided according to current practice. The review lists the materials used to provide the information included in this study.

A Review of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (BP) is also known as manic-depressive disorder in that it is characterized by the fact that the affected individual displays a range of abnormal and elevated moods with manic and depressive episodes. The elevated moods are also known as mania and for milder emanations, hypomania. People with BP typically go back and forth from episodes of very good mood to irritable mood and then depression. The swing from one to the other can be quite quick and those affected by the severe mood swings suffer through them for weeks and months. Overactive behavior is followed, typically, by deep depression. While on a normal level we experience shifts in moods and feeling, a typical human reaction, BP sufferers shift from one extreme to another and are also prone to delusions as well as visual and auditory hallucinations (Mind, 2010). The onset of BP manifests between the ages 15-25 (ADAM, 2012) and is said to be primarily caused by genetics, although it is the environment as well as experience of some form of trauma that triggers it. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that 26.2% of American adults, or 1 in 4, suffer some form of mental disorder every year, which is around 57.7 million Americans given the current population census. Of this, 20.9 million suffer mood disorders, which are one of the leading causes of disability - the inability to function as normal, to work and to live productive and healthy lives. Of this, 5.7 million Americans suffer BP with a median onset at 25 years. With the numbers as such, it is important to explore BP as it appears it is a leading cause in the suffering of a huge percentage of Americans, affecting American family and society in profoundly problematic ways. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the disorder.

Genealogy of the Illness

To trace the history of the illness is to study its genealogy - the manner by which the disorder has come to be known as such following erudite knowledge over its historical development and how it is used today (Wanli, 1998). Sadness and depression are known human emotions since time immemorial. The Greeks refer to prolonged fits of sadness as having the presence of 'black bile' or 'melas' which is indicative of former Greek belief that human health is composed by a balance of 'humors' - blood/air, phlegm/water, yellow bile/fire & black bile/earth. Melancholia is in excess of black bile for the Greeks, indicative of some form of bodily imbalance ...

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