Bi-Polar (Manic Depressive) Disorder

Bi-polar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder, is a genetically inherited disorder.  It is characterized by disabling mood swings during which a person goes from a high, manic phase, to a low, depressed one. A manic episode refers to a period during which one experiences an elevation of mood that is severe enough to cause impairment in occupational functioning or in usual social activities or relationships with others. On the other hand, a major depressive episode may include fatigue, diminished ability to concentrate, insomnia, significant weight changes, feelings of worthlessness, or recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation.

 When dealing with bi-polar disorder, it is essential that professional help be obtained.  It is a very well researched psychological disorder and there are medications that can help. When symptoms are under control, people with bi-polar disorder can lead normal productive lives. However, one of the biggest problems in dealing with this disorder is that after a long period of stability, those suffering from this disorder may decide they no longer need medication.  This can result in a remission to the symptoms of the disorder. 

If you or a member of your family has a bi-polar disorder and you find yourself faced with the prospect of a divorce, dissolution, or child custody case, you need an attorney with the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the course toward a healthy and safe tomorrow for you and your children.  The attorneys at Edward F. Whipps & Associates have over 30 years of experience helping families and their children in such situations. We know that bipolar disorder may affect earning ability or child-rearing. We understand that special considerations need to be made when one of the parents or a child of the relationship has this disorder. Our firm will make sure that the utmost care is taken in your case while bearing in mind the particular issues that this disorder presents.

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