The History of Bipolar Disorder

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The history of bipolar disorder can be traced back to the 1600′s, where a lot of doctors started to do some of the research that we still use today in order to treat all kinds of psychological disorders, including bipolar suicide cases and bipolar mother cases or anyone at all that has bipolar disorder.  Believe it or not, a lot of people actually have a very difficult time understanding exactly what bipolar disorder and what paranoia is associated with bipolar disorder.  In this article, we are not only going to discuss the history of bipolar disorder but we are also going to touch on exactly what bipolar disorder is and how a manic episode can affect you.

History of Bipolar Disorder: The First Appearance of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is by far one of the oldest mental disorders in the world as it was discovered first by Ancient Greeks.  The work melancholia was coined and is the old word they used for what we call depression.  Mania was another word that was discovered and used to describe what people with bipolar disorder were going through when they were in one of their depressive states of psychosis.  One of the earliest written words about bipolar disorder was attributed to Aretaeus of Cappadocia; Aretaeus was an eclectic medical philosopher who lived right in Alexandria in 150 AD.  He is recognized for having written some of the still surviving texts that describe to a tee what manic depressive illness, what we now know as bipolar disorder is.

Second Study of Bipolar Disorder

 While the history of bipolar disorder is hard to trace back, the real focus on bipolar disorder started in the 1850s, where on January 31st, 1854, Jules Baillarger described to the French Imperial Academy of Medicine a mental illness that was then dubbed a biphasic mental illness that actually causes reoccurring phases between depression and manic, a term which he actually coined as ‘folie a double forme’ which means dual-form insanity.  There was a dispute on who came up with bipolar disorder, for just two weeks after Jules presented this illness, Jean-Pierre Falret presented the exact same description of a mental illness that he had observed.

The Development of Bipolar Disorder

Both of these concepts all draw back to the German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin, who was actually using Kahlbaum’s concept of cyclothymia, which is actually categorized and studied as the natural course of untreated bipolar disorder in patients.  He is the one that coined the term manic depressive psychosis.

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

 Now that you understand the history of bipolar disorder, it is now time to talk about some of the treatment options available.   Bipolar disorder is something that can, if not treated lead to things like suicide and extreme depression. Bipolar patients have been known to commit suicide when they are left untreated because of the mania that possesses them and that is one of the major reasons why most bipolar patients, if not treated are taken to a psychiatric hospital.  This is just one treatment option and it does not have to be used unless in extreme cases.  Other treatment options include medication and talk therapy, these have been fantastic treatments that have been used throughout the history of bipolar disorder.