Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar Disorder

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Living well with and beyond ‘illness’ experiences is possible for many people. In relation to benefits entitlement, the criterion of ‘permanent disability’ in a mental health context is toxic, and should not be used. If a time criterion is needed then a duration relating to a reasonable review period should be used, such as ‘expected to persist for at least one year’. The concept of remission is of course a common health term.

All discourses, including scientific ones, are vulnerable to confirmation bias, in which evidence supporting the discourse is more likely to be noticed and accepted than evidence disconfirming the discourse . Such a discourse is more likely to produce pessimistic results. As our goal in this selective review was to provide a balancing rather than balanced perspective, we therefore included more quotes and links to narrative web-sites than typical in scientific papers. Our aim was to increase the visibility of evidence from the subjective experience of individuals.

As such she views her work as informed by a fusion of ‘expertise by profession’ and ‘expertise by experience’. Her combination of perspectives have led her to emphasise the role of life events, particularly those that are adversarial and emotionally overwhelming, in influencing the course and content of mental distress. She is additionally concerned with issues of social justice, and the influence of oppressive and inequitable systems in perpetuating mental ill health.

  • Similarly, instead of weight loss, they may fail to meet expected weight gain that’s considered normal for their particular developmental period.
  • But if they’re acting this way in school or at home when the current activity is not one that lends itself to these expected behaviors, the child may meet the “A” criterion for bipolar disorder.
  • For instance, children and adolescents may demonstrate an irritable mood, instead of a typical depressed mood.
  • Children may demonstrate different depressive symptoms, if present in bipolar.

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It can be helpful, for example in health contexts where long-term surveillance of patients with recurring illnesses is a reasonable use of resources. However, the use of this approach in a mental health context is problematic. One form of stigma is called diagnostic over-shadowing, a process by which physical symptoms are misattributed to mental illness . This is one factor underpinning the scandalous 20-year mortality gap for men and 15-year gap for women between people living with and without mental illness in high income countries .

EL is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool and has previously worked clinically in an Early medical problems Intervention in Psychosis service. She contributes to such consumer-led initiatives as the International Hearing Voices Movement () and Soteria Network () and additionally has lived experience of trauma, dissociation and psychosis.