Mariah Carey's announcement puts new spotlight on bipolar II disorder

In the wake of the singer's public announcement of her diagnosis, Dr. Jennifer Ashton breaks down the various types of bipolar disorder, its symptoms and treatments currently available.
2:07 | 04/11/18

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Transcript for Mariah Carey's announcement puts new spotlight on bipolar II disorder
We'll move on that revelation from Mariah Carey as we told you, she's telling "People" magazine about her battle withipolar disorder. Dr. Ason is here. Tell us more a this disorder right now. Ah. Explain it. Olar disorder is a mood sorder that is characterized by big swings in your mood, your en and activity level and if U look at the juxtaposition here. There's manic episodes W someone feels really up with a increased activity level. Maybe they're not sleeping duri night and feel rproductivhen a pressive epi where they feel down or have decrease, the opposite and Y, George, IST cycling. So if someone has manic episode, the the is in some period time they will eventuallyl down to have a depressive episode it's the closeness of that cycling that re determines those swings. Are there treatments. There are and this I not one size fits allut the mainstay of treatment I medicati then there's things like cognitive behavioral therap hoion, educating the patient about how to recze Sims to get good tment. Electroconvuls T could be a good option for those who can't tolerate medicine and eeapy and being deprived from sleep -- When she first diagnosed didn't get treated in part perhaps because of the whole stigma attach the but this may help lift that. Absolutely and we have to remember, with mental illness and bipolar order in rticular, there is no shame I this game. Mari not come forward re to sk good treatment R hef. And that isot uncommon and if you thinkeone with a celebrity W all heresources can be, you kn stigmatized andd back think what the av personoes through. Sore bee a lot of data that people discrimination at work, in theocial arenas D this is something we need to get past. Withment the prognosis is good. Yeah,he key W the prognosis, GE is that when people are feeling good with la they're mh more likely toscontinue or stop their medication an again, if you go B to that cycling, the ks to keep someone in that middle range E they're the most St. More good advice. Thanksery much. To rob.y, George, we often

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