Bipolar Disorder: Aging into a New Position
This article will examine the medical, social, and psychological impact of bipolar disorder on individuals with this illness. The case study of Patty Duke, a national celebrity diagnosed with bipolar disorder, will be discussed and analyzed. The authors will discuss how the “Bipolar Empowerment Movement” was developed to help educate the public about this illness, and will end with the proposal to formulate a new position to address issues of diagnosis and treatment now faced by elderly individuals living with bipolar disorder.
||Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar Diagnosis, Bipolar Treatment, Bipolar Empowerment Movement, Aging with Bipolar Disorder
International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.11-18.
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Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Western New Mexico University, Ypsilanti, Michiagan, USA
Larry Morton, MSW, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. His research interests include minority health and health care disparities and developmental disabilities among the homeless.
NASW-Michigan Student Representative, School of Social Work, Eastren Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Cynthia Schloss, BSW, is the Ypsilanti, Michigan, student representative in the Executive Board of the State National Association of Social Workers. Her interests involve social work practice with older adults.
Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Elvia R. Krajewski, MSW, Ph.D., LMSW, is professor in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her professional interests involve practice and research in gerontology, medical social work, civic engagement and communitu building, with an emphasis on cultural competence. She is in the Executive Board of the Michigan Collaborative Continuing Education and of the National and Michigan Chapter’s Organization of Latino Social Workers.
Academic Advisor, College of Health & Human Services, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Michael Brown, MSW, is an Academic Advisor in the College of Health and Human Services, at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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