This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Culture And Disease Essay

1308 words - 6 pages

Culture and Disease

Bipolar Disorder in the United States
Briana M. Bowers
October 19, 2011
Rebecca Johnson

It is well known that diseases come in many forms. Whether the illness is physical or mental, the treatment for one should be as equally important as the other. Mental illnesses can affect the way one lives their lives. Depending on the severity of an individual’s mental illness can sometimes develop a physical disability if untreated. Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness defined as “a manic-depressive illness. It is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out ...view middle of the document...

Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (BP-NOS) is described as a person experiencing symptoms of the mental illness, but does not meet the criteria found in Bipolar I or II (symptoms do not last as long or some are not experienced at all). “Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder is when a person has four or more episodes of major depression, mania, hypomania, or mixed symptoms within a year. Some people experience more than one episode a week, or even within one day. Rapid cycling seems to be more common in people who have severe Bipolar Disorder. It also affects more women than men” (NIMH, 2008).
Although there is no proven cause for the illness, scientists agree the factors that contribute to the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder are mainly genetics and environment. Genes play a huge role in the development of Bipolar Disorder in a person. “Children with a parent or a sibling who has Bipolar Disorder are four to six times more likely to develop the illness, compared with children who do not have a family history of Bipolar Disorder. However, most children with a family history of Bipolar Disorder will not develop the illness” (NIMH, 2008). Other illnesses that can sometimes coexist with Bipolar Disorder include: Substance abuse, Anxiety Disorders (such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.), and are also at high risk for Thyroid Disease, migraine headaches, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, and other physical illnesses.
According to a recent story broadcasted on CNN, “Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness that usually lasts a lifetime and unfortunately there is no cure. However, there is treatment to help stabilize the rapid mood changes that a person will experience with Bipolar Disorder” (Gardner, 2011). Because Bipolar Disorder is a lifelong mental illness, long term treatment must be implemented. Medications and psychotherapy are the most common options for treatment.
Americans have generally accepted the use of medications as a treatment to any physical or mental illness that they endure. Several medicines have been created for the medical treatment of mental illnesses to help suppress the symptoms that may have interfered with an individual’s daily life. Different medications are prescribed for different symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. For mood stabilization (to help maintain a healthy balance between manic and depressive mood swings): Lithium, Depakote, Lamictal, Neurontin, Topamax, and Trileptal are the most common medicines prescribed. Zyprexa, Abilify, Seroquel, Risperdal, and Geodon are the most common medicines for Atypical Antipsychotics, also known as the manic or mixed episodes a person may experience. Antidepressant medicines are also commonly used to treat the symptoms of depression experienced in Bipolar Disorder. Fluoxetine, Paxil, Zoloft, and Wellbutrin are the most popular antidepressant medicines used to maintain the depressed mood swings. Antidepressant...

Other Papers Like Culture and Disease

The Prevalence of Heart Disease for African Americans

1017 words - 5 pages made in medications with heart disease patients (Nash, 2003). Unfortunately, the African American culture has not seen as much advancement as other cultures (Nash, 2003). African Americans have the highest rate of heart disease compared to all other ethnic groups (Nash, 2003). The CDC reports the 24.5% of deaths caused by heart disease in 2008 were African American and they had the highest percentage compared to other cultures (CDC, 2015

Preventing Diabetes Essay

1003 words - 5 pages changes to prevent the disease from progressing. In the final stages of health promotion, the nurse still is at the bedside helping the patient to manage their care and educate the patient on how they can stop the progression of the disease and the secondary disorders that may occur as a result. References Culture and Cultural Competency in Health Promotion. (2011). Retrieved from

Andromeda Strain

610 words - 3 pages . compare the treatment/cure used in each disease and how they were discovered Tests with Bacillus infernus reveal that the bacterium easily consumes and destroys Andromeda because of Andromeda's sulfur structure. The Wildfire team begins to grow large amounts of the bacterium in culture vats, intending to release the cultures over the quarantined area once a sufficient quantity

Epediology of Alzheirmer's Disease

2104 words - 9 pages activities of daily living. The risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease are age, family history, and genetic background. Females are more likely than males to have Alzheimer’s disease regardless of culture. The average life span once diagnosed is approximately eight to 10 years. There is no current cure for the illness, but recent development of several medications will help in managing the symptoms. Aricept, Namenda

Health Promotion

1768 words - 8 pages EFFECT OF HEALTH PROMOTION IN TACKLING THE HEALTH OF BRITAIN AND THE RELATED ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS. Health promotion is a socially embodied "value field"; its mission is to promote a Sanitary culture, one that locates health at the top of a hierarchy of cultural values and social goals. It is concerned with the whole person, the relationships between individuals and their environments and the wider forces that shape health. However, this essay

Epidemiology/ Tuberculosis Paper

1949 words - 8 pages usually positive and positive sputum culture (Centered for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). Latent Tuberculosis Another form of TB is called Latent TB infection. This TB have bacteria that can lay dormant in a person body and not make them sick. The individual with this TB are without symptom and are not infected and therefore not able to transmit this disease to someone else. But if the bacteria become active and multiply, then

Hispanic Community and Chicken Pox

1137 words - 5 pages community may be the poor sanitary conditions in poorer and less developed areas such as the barrios which Hispanics live in. Poor sanitary conditions allow bacteria and virus to spread which contributes to the spread of the disease. Every culture and community has their own customs and norms with regards to health and illnesses. This holds true for the Hispanic community as well. In this case, one of the norms of the community will be

Russian Culture

541 words - 3 pages developing rheumatoid arthritis, a joint disease that is painful and can be crippling. All in all, because of Russian harsh climate, high fat foods become their daily diet. That is why we can see many fat Russians both man and women. However, without those high fat foods, maybe they could not survive in old days. As a consequence, every country has its own culture and that is the unique Russian traditional food culture.

Health Promotion Among Diverse Populations

859 words - 4 pages present information to a large amount of people and give them a baseline health assessment to begin their care. Education can then begin for them to understand what is going on with their health and what they need to do to stay well, cure a disease or how to take care of chronic health issues. (Minority Nurse) African Americans still face many obstacles today with health care. Socioeconomic, racism, and culture are just a few of the obstacles they

Pathophysiology Rua

1214 words - 5 pages illnesses, systemic inflammatory response, malnutrition (usually secondary to oral incontinence), aspiration pneumonia, and septicemia may all contribute to diagnosis, however even when treated death may occur due to the acute nature of the disease (Tonna, Lewin, & Mensh, 2010). Lesion sites are tested using Koch’s Postulates by way of lab swabs, and DNA based culture testing to identify its origin and driving force. Potential indicators of


1569 words - 7 pages Parkinson's Disease and Stem Cell Treatment ____________________________________________________________ _ Abstract Parkinson's disease is a neurogenerative disease characterized by a progressive loss of the dopaminergic neurones in the substantia nigra, pars compacta in the midbrain ( Borta & Hoglinger, 2006). Stem cells derived from embryos or fetal tissues have been introduced in the clinic as an alternative treatment for

Related Essays

Culture And Disease Essay

1751 words - 8 pages Culture and Disease HCS/245 March 22, 2012 Michael Coker Culture and Disease Winter has ended and spring is here, and it has everyone running to enjoy the warm air and to embrace the outdoors of the hot summer sun rays. However, there is something lurking within the bushes and in the back yard which, they cannot wait for their next victims to attack. There is a small insect that crawls and is ready to take over Mother Nature

Culture And Disease Essay

779 words - 4 pages Disease in the News: Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia has become a new trend in chronic diseases that affects many people today. This disease is a common rheumatic disorder that causes widespread pain within fibrous tissues of the body, such as tendons, muscles, and other connective tissues. This disease combines the number of symptoms involved that can also lead to chronic problems in the areas of fatigue, memory problems, and has

Alzheimer Disease Essay

1216 words - 5 pages exercises, good sleep habits, keeping a normal weight, and not smoke, low doses of antioxidants could be helpful in preventing or reducing the risk of the disease. Alzheimer's disease does not affect anyone certain culture, it can happen to anyone. Because people of diverse backgrounds also grow old, it can happen to anyone. People should be culturally competent with knowledge of particular ethno cultural groups. Acquiring knowledge of a group’s

Heathcare Support Service Essay

1220 words - 5 pages interdependence with all people, both inside the agency and throughout the world, treating them and their contributions with dignity and valuing individual and culture diversity. We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization. Integrity- We are honest and ethical in all we do. We will do what we say. We prize scientific integrity and professional excellence. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention pledge