The bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, or an "affective
disorder." It was discovered by Hudson and Pope at McLean Hospital in the
U.S., that people with affective disorders had a high degree of other certain
disorders as well. There seemed to be some connection.
Affective disorders did not appear to come alone but came with other disorders,
thus the term "affective spectrum."
Some people believe that IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is not related to mental
health disorders for example. However IBS, according to the affective spectrum,
may come with an affective disorder.
The Current Listing
The following have been identified (so far) as part of the medical spectrum
which may accompany affective disorders.
- attention deficit disorder (ADD & ADHD)
- body dysmorphic disorder
- eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, binging)
- fibromyalgia (includes chronic fatigue)
- impulse-control disorders
- irritable bowel syndrome
- migraine/severe headache
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- panic disorder
- Tourette's disorder
The following may also be a part of the spectrum accompanying affective
- anxiety disorders
- chronic pain
- intermittent explosive disorder
- pathological gambling
- personality disorders
- post traumatic stress disorder
- substance abuse and addiction (includes alcoholism)
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