2022 AMI Online Salon

Bipolar disorder

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Sunghwan Bae
  • Client: Sunghwan Bae
  • Copyright:  Sunghwan Bae, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Chimera, Procreate, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print poster
  • Primary Audience: General public

Project Description

Bipolar disorder is a neuropsychiatric illness. A characteristic of it is mood swings between mania and depression. Symptoms of mania include elevated mood, hyperactivity, and less need for sleep. On the other hand, symptoms of depression are the opposite of mania including sad mood, poor self-esteem, and insomnia. There are still many controversies about the precise mechanisms of the disorder, but the catecholaminergic (dopamine, DA) – cholinergic (acetylcholine, ACh) balance hypothesis suggests that this neurotransmitter imbalance affects extreme mood change (Jordy van Enkhuizen et. al, 2015).  Many different things affect bipolar disorder. However, among them, by suggesting hormones for emotion regulation, it is intended to easily explain the mechanism of the disease to the public who are exposed to mental disorders including depression. And by emphasizing the structure and characteristics of hormones, the illustration helps to convey the fact that symptoms can be alleviated through hormone therapy.