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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DMX and His Struggle With Bipolar Disorder - What We Can Learn

DMX and His Struggle With Bipolar Disorder

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is a popular rapper and an actor who has appeared in movies such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 The Grave, and Last Hour. Recently, DMX appeared on the Dr. Phil Show and talked about his struggle with bipolar disorder.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is also called manic-depressive illness. It is a disorder in the brain that causes mood swings that can render its victims unable to function at a normal level. It can become so severe that it leads to suicide.

What causes bipolar disorder?

Scientists are not certain as to what causes bipolar disorder. What they do know, however, is that it can be inherited. Genetic research also indicates the cause may be related to an abnormal development of a brain structure responsible for functions that include solving problems and making decisions.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are recognizable by significant mood swings that range from an overexcited manic stage to a deep state of depression. These symptoms can affect normal eating, sleeping and behavior patterns that can put its victims at risk. At least half of all cases of bipolar disorder occur before the age of 25.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

There are treatments for people with bipolar disorder that enable them to live normal lives, but there is no cure. Medications such as Lithium and anticonvulsant medications are used to stabilize moods and prevent seizures.

The United States has the highest lifetime rate of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older per year.
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