End of Semester

The end of the college Spring semester is coming to a close.  My son has worked diligently this year to earn really good grades.  I can’t wait to find out what his final grades are, but I am hoping for all A’s.  This Summer Arthur plans to work full-time and also enroll in a few Summer courses.  He called me last night to tell me that his best friends brother was recently diagnosed with “Bi-Polar Disorder”.  I’m not sure if any of you know how serious this disease can be…here are a few fast facts on the disease:

Can’t be cured, but treatment may help
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Requires a medical diagnosis
Each episode usually lasts days to weeks at a time. Episodes may occur several times a year or throughout the year.
Mania symptoms include periods of elevated mood or irritability. When experiencing a manic episode, a patient often has high energy levels with reduced need for sleep. Less often, people may experience psychosis. Depression symptoms include feeling sad, low energy, low motivation, or loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.
Treatments can help reduce symptoms. Medications include valproic acid, lithium, lamotrigine, quetiapine, among others. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy or psychotherapy.
Turns out his friends brother stopped taking all medication given to him by his doctor and his depression is getting increasingly worse.  If you know anything more about this disorder, please send me your feedback.
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