Second Opinion "Bipolar Disorder"

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 3:00pm

Pictured: (l-r) Peter Salgo, Eric Caine M.D., Alice Flaherty M.D. PHD

Credit: WXXI

This week's panel discusses Bipolar disorder and the controversy around diagnosis and treatment

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness caused by a chemical disorder of the brain. Once called manic depression, bipolar disorder causes dramatic symptoms. People who suffer from this disease may experience unusual mood changes, energy shifts and difficulty with daily activities. Symptoms can range from mania to depression that can result in loss of jobs, relationships, and even suicide. Although there is no cure and it usually lasts a lifetime, bipolar disorder can be effectively treated.

Second Opinion "Bipolar Disorder" airs Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

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