Bipolar & Related Disorders

  • Nia presents for therapy after her steadily declining mental condition manifested in erratic, dangerous behavior that concluded with her being jailed. She explained that she was once a confdent, happy woman, but she is now at the mercy of a disorder that causes her mood to fluctuate greatly. She noted that, at times, she feels so energized and strong that she can accomplish anything, which may have been what led her to drop everything and embark on an ill-planned cross-country road trip. As viewers listen to her recall the details of the incident and explain her condition, they observe clues about her symptoms and utilize the information to figure out an appropriate diagnosis for her condition.  
  • After watching this video, the learner should be able to: 1) Visually recognize the characteristics and behaviors of Bipolar II Disorder. 2) Summarize the social, behavioral, and communication characteristics most often associated with Bipolar II Disorder. 3) Explain how Bipolar II Disorder is diagnosed. 4) Determine if there has ever been a manic episode. 5) Understand the primary categories of the DSM-5 for Bipolar II Disorder and cite examples of when the criteria are met by this particular patient.  
  • Katrina has presented for therapy to discuss her concerns over mood swings she has been experiencing for a few years. She explains that the frequency of the swings has increased and it has been negatively impacting her personal and professional life. As she reports on her condition, the viewer observes her verbal and non-verbal symptoms, which provide valuable insight into what diagnosis they should make.  
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