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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What causes bipolar disorder?

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    Eva Fera

    Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Psychologist

    I am a clinical and health psychologist. with extensive Family Therapy background. I believe in whole person therapy and consider my patients' health status when … View Profile

    This illness is caused by variety of factors including genetics, biochemistry and could be triggered by stress and even the seasons, It is believed that 2% of the population in Australia suffers from this disorder. It develops mainly in your twenty's but often I have seen ‘late onset’ in middle age although since it takes a long time to dignose this illness they may have developed it in their twenty's as well.

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    Dr Alan Keen

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Adult, adolescent and child mental health issues View Profile

    Bipolar disorder refers to strong mood swings. In other words, changes in the mood from either strong or exaggerated form of euphoria or extreme happiness to sadness or change. The other aspect of bipolar disorder can be strong or profound change of mood from depression to an extreme form of anxiety. It is caused by some sort of chemical changes in the brain. We have 2.5 pounds of electrified gel between our two ears. It makes us human.

    It organizes and regulates our behavior such as sadness, anger, frustration, love, happiness, crying, or to be happy, the brain works by loads of chemistry and electricity.

    These sort of changes in the chemistry of the brain, primarily in the form of changes in the neurotransmitters from which all behavior is regulated, including bipolar disorder. So bipolar disorder is caused by a certain type of change to the chemicals in the brain. The absence or too much presence of some sort of chemical. What exactly those chemicals are, we don't exactly know, but there are some suggestions.

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