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Are There Any Energy Medicine Techniques That Help With Bipolar Disorder
Yes, but...: The key to any problem is to find the causes. This includes all "mental" conditions. Energy medicine is poorly understood by most practitioners, and I am very cautious about receiving these types of therapies from most people. For the best information in this area, visit christine schenk's website and purchase a book or two. She also offers training and therapy sessions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more
Multiple associated: With most mental health disorders a single cause is unlikely to explain mania. Multiple neurotransmitters are implicated (associated or correlated) including: glutamate, serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, but enzymes, nervous system processes & brain regions, the genes that regulate the creation of the above plus trauma, stress and coping are involved as well. Primary & psychiatric tx is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Where will the energy come from when a person that suffers from bipolar disorder is having a manic episode?
Loss of Inhibition: When people have a manic episode they seem to shut down the inhibitory parts of the brain (the parts that recognize risk, that monitor for poor decisions) in the brain this switch from reflection to action without concern for the consequences results in an increase in activity, although the activity is often misdirected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bipolar treatment: With bipolar you are aiming for as close to "normal" as possible. When medications are balanced your brother's life will feel closer to "normal." psychotherapy will help him learn to cope with life stressors better, too. When the medications keep him balanced, he will function and take advantage of therapy better. The illness does not go away, but he can learn to manage it better. ...Read more
Worsen sxs: The two worst decisions you cam make if you have bipolar spectrum disorder are: 1. Not to take prescribed psychotropic medications & 2. To use illicit drugs. Illicit drugs usually markedly decrease effectiveness of other treatments and leads to deterioration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar D/O Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mood stabilizer: Mood stabilizers are commonly used for treatment of bipolar disorder - i.E depakote, lithium, tegretol, Trileptal and lamictal. Antipsychotic medications are also used to stabilize one's mood - i.e. Abilify, zyprexa, seroquel, Risperdal and latuda (lurasidone). In some cases patients need both a mood stabilizer and an antipsychotic to stabilize their symptoms. ...Read more
That's a shame: You need to try and find either a board certified addiction psychiatrist or a board certified psychiatrist who is also board certified in addictionology (like me). I think that drugs of abuse most certainly makes bipolar d/o worse and those with bipolar d/o suffer from a greater risk of substance abuse and dependency. I treat both at the same time in my clinic. You should be able to find someone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the usual combination of drugs that someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder ends up needing to remain stable?
Not One Combination: There really isn't one "usual" combination. In my experience there are some indicators that can guide selecting medications based on the nature of your cycles (how do you go from energized to depressed, which direction is the switch faster, etcetera), but there is also quite a lot of variability in responses. ...Read more
No: Drug abuse is bad. Abuse is by definition bad. But drug abuse cannot be blamed for everything. The symptoms that can lead to a person being diagnosed bipolar should be able to be distinguished from da. It may be difficult and they may co-exist, but they don't "cause" each other. Treatment is a good idea for either and certainly for both. Good luck! ...Read more
Not looking for controlled substances - travel a lot so need tele - psychiatrist for bipolar disorder. Taking 10 drugs. Can go once or twice/year to chi, milwaukee, madison. How to locate suitable dr?
I just found out that I have bipolar disorder, what should I do? I haven't consulted a physician for drugs yet. Should i?
I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for bipolar disorder?
I have bipolar disorder. I am taking hydroxizine 50mg as needed. It is good, but i need a more effective drug for anxiety?
Anxiety and Bipolar: I am wondering what mood stabilizer you're taking for your bipolar disorder, because none is listed in your medications. I see you're taking wellbutrin, (bupropion) which in itself causes anxiety in some people and could expose you to the risk of hypomania or mania. Please talk with your psychiatrist about this -- you may be leaving out some of your medications, or they may need to be re-evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For how long 1 has to take medicine for recurring bipolar disorder(mania) valence od500mg valium10mg serenace 25mg, is it completely curable?
Med Regimen: Bipolar disorder may not be curable but there are excellent medications available to treat the condition. Regarding your medications, you and your doctor will need to work as a team to see how you respond to your medications. This will dictate when medications are titrated, started or stopped. Although the medications you take may change over time, it isn't advisable to stop use of all meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My doctor has prescribed me Isotroin 20. But I have a history of Bipolar disorder l. So, is this medicine safe for me?
Just work closely: It's good that you know to be careful about side effects and interactions. This should be no worse a risk for you than others but it is more important to advise your Dr(s) of ALL other meds you take and to ALL watch closely for possible side effects. There may be none - but if there are - you'll catch it in time to be okay. Best! ...Read more
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