Past experiences and changes in cognition are among the factors a team from the University of Michigan have found play a role in causing the brain-based disorder
After a study that spanned more than a decade, a University of Michigan team has a better understanding of circumstances that can lead to a bipolar disorder diagnosis. Their research included the creation of a new framework with seven “phenoclasses” or categories to help patients, clinicians and researchers diagnose and understand the mental health condition’s progression. These classes include:
1. Psychological Dimensions: Personality traits and temperament
While everyone living with bipolar disorder is unique, elements of people’s personality were found to be among the key factors that shape the condition, according to the U-M Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program study.
2. Changes in cognition: Thinking, reasoning and processing feelings
3. Motivated Behaviors
These are defined as behaviors related to substance use or abuse. Substance addiction, such as alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use disorders can be common for people dealing with bipolar disorder as forms of self-medication.
4. Past Experiences
Aspects of a person’s life story that involve family, intimate relationships and traumas are included in this class
Patterns of circadian rhythms, or our biological clocks, are of primarily importance within this category
6. Measuring Change
Indications of how a person’s symptoms change and respond to treatment over time can also be used to diagnose and track bipolar disorder
7. Standard procedures
The U-M study classes also include the standard methods doctors already have in place to track the progress of bipolar disorder
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