Carrie Mathison's Manic-Depressive Illness

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Manic-depressive illness, also known as Bipolar disorder, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood. activity, energy levels, and can have an adverse effect on daily tasks. Also, bipolar disorder has been linked to anxiety, substance abuse and health problems such as heart disease, migraines, and high blood pressure. This disorder is portrayed by Carrie Mathison a character in the series Homeland, within both of these clips Mathison is seen speaking quickly and her thoughts racing from one thing to another. Carrie seems to be in a manic state which can come unexpected and can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Carrie pre-existing condition was triggered by an explosion, which caused her symptoms to surface resulting in the endangerment…show more content…
The other side of bipolar disorder is depression where a person may be full of self-loathing and hopelessness. Additional thing shown in the clip is the doctor providing a prescription for Ativan to help settle her down. Mood stabilizing drugs are a backbone for patients with bipolar disorder. These drugs are used for acute episodes of depression and mania, keeping the episodes in check. Bipolar disorder is an ongoing, relapsing mental illness and it is important for those who suffer to continue their treatment. Treatment does not only include medication but therapy and social support. Having support of family and friends that one can trust and turn to for encouragement is important. Reaching out for treatment is a hard choice that people may feel is a sign of weakness or a burden to others. Which can be seen as Carriers partner starts to confront her about her behavior helping Carrie to realize her need for treatment. In this episode of mania Carrie also shows a brief bout of irritability shown as she yells at the doctor when he states that she needs to settle

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