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Is Bipolar Disorder Hard To Cure
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
Unfortunately not: There are no well conducted, reproducible studies showing anyone cured of bipolar d/o naturally. It can go into remission for periods of time without any intervention, but that's not a cure. It does not mean diet cannot help, but it is good to use it WITH medicine and not alone. Avoiding sugar, and artificial sweeteners may help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine. Exercise definitely helps the brain! ...Read more
Can you please explain how and why with bipolar disorder have a hard time controlling their emotions?
By definition: Bipolar disorder is a condition whose very definition is that emotional highs and lows are both extreme and cyclic. Moods in bipolar are unusually far outside control by one's rational mind. This is a phenomenon rooted in how genetic influence on the brain, probably of nerve cells themselves: they fire in mutually-reinforcing clusters more readily than normal (mania) or less (depression). ...Read more
Yes: There is deep brain stimulation which is experimental for severe resistant cases. ...Read more
What is the difference between bipolar disorder and asperger's syndrome? And why it seems so hard for some doctors to tell each other apart?
Very different: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder -- the person may cycle between depression and mania, with normal mood interspersed. Genetics may play a role. Asperger's syndrome is a milder form of autism, where people have social isolation and eccentric behavior beginning in childhood. Those w/asperger's can get very frustrated sometimes -- maybe it could look like mood instability, without complete history. ...Read more
No cure: There is no cure for depression or bipolar disorder. The most we can do is manage the symptoms. For bipolar disorder, medication is best. With depression, depending on the severity, people can use natural treatments, exercise, medication and therapy. If you have bipolar depression, medication is the best option for symptom control. ...Read more
Cured: Neither of these have ever really been cured. Symptoms are managed between meds and therapy, often a life long struggle. ...Read more
Affection bipolar disorder - I heard that cognitive remediation can help cure the disease, can you suggest some freebies website or info?
Bipolar disorder: Bipolar d/o is a biologically based disease that affects Pts moods. It can't be cured by cognitive remediation. Cognitive remediation can be helpful in improving cognitive deficits that may accompany the illness (visuospacial processing, for instance). Lumosity is a website that offers cognitive "games" (& others similar exist). Medication & psychotherapy will be necessary to keep ur illness @ bay ...Read more
I have bipolar disorder. I stopped medication and go to psychotherapy but still it's very hard for me to control my mood changes. Any advice please?
No "cure", control: There is nothing than can "cure" mania but it can be well-controlled and if well-controlled for a long time it does appear to weaken. If medications have been prescribed and are not (yet) effective, one should alert the prescribing physician so that he or she can adjust dosages or add medications or change them. ...Read more
It can't: CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions (like complex PTSD) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications. The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy (along with CBT) ...Read more
I have bipolar disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, and ocd. Is there a cure that doesn't require tons of meds?
Probably: Bipolar disorder could account for social anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors so you do not necessarily have 4 separate disorders. Mood stabilization may help to allay the other syptoms. A mood stabilizer such as depakote, lithium, lamictal, trileptal, seroquel, or Abilify (aripiprazole) would be the place to start. Discuss this with your psychiatrist. ...Read more
3000 mg of niacin with 3000 mg vitaminc are able to cure bipolar disorder. If I do this and take the half pill of 10 mg abilify, (aripiprazole) would it be a good start?
Not so simple:
Each person is an individual & there are no easy cures for bipolar. Niacin will help many but not all & should be started slowly as it causes flushing. Many with bipolar have pyoluria- see http://www. Primalbody-primalmind. Com/? P=398
i also recommend the books natural healing for bipolar disorder & natural medicine guide to bipolar disorder. Please find a good doctor to work with as well. ...Read more
Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read more
Bd is a biochemical/phisiologic illness, generally long-
lasting, generally with recurrent serious depression and/or very
energized, ill considered
and sometimes psychotic behavior. The DX is made too casually these days, based on an episode of angry behavior and DX should be made ; confirmed with an expert. Treatment is generally manditory to manage. ...Read more
So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment.
There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters. ...Read more
History: No lab or radiologic test, nor physical exam, can test for bipolar. Perhaps one day as there are strong indications it is a brain condition with a genetic background. But for now, it's a patient's history of modd changes, cognition and behavior that makes the diagnosis. In truth, this method works quite well, having been refined since antiquity. ...Read more
Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read more
Genetics: Bipolar disorder has been found to have some hereditary basis. This doesn't mean that there is a 100% chance that the offsoring of someone with bipolar d/o will enx up with it as well, but rather there is more likelihood as compared to the general population. I believe bipolar d/ o is now the 2nd highezt of mental d/o, being surpassed by adhd. ...Read more
Meds and therapy: Mood stabilizers such as depakote or lithium to decrease the extreme intensity of mood swings, combined with therapy from a psychotherapist who specializes in bipolar disorder would be the most optimal approach. Don't medicate yourself. Ask for appropriate referrals for help that works for YOU. ...Read more
Multifactorial: As with many medical conditions the causes of bipolar disorder are not fully know. It is believed they are polygenetic, with multiple genes interacting resulting in some degree of vulnerability or resistance to the condition. This biology then interacts with environmental factors, both positive and negative which can have different effects based upon when in life or how many/often they occur. ...Read more
Clinical exam: Although in the future we may have blood tests or functional MRI scans that can diagnose the disorder, for now the only way to diagnose bipolar is to see a counselor or doctor who can diagnose the condition based on history and exam. ...Read more
Could be: Sometimes individuals present with different symptoms or patterns to the disorder that may result in professionals referring to the presentation as "atypical" for example while all individuals with Bipolar Disorder have a cycle, "rapid cycling" is an atypical presentation of the disorder. ...Read more
See DSM criteria: You can look up the exact criteria used in research studies to learn more about it by searching online. The phrase "bipolar" is often overused, cheapening a formal diagnosis. It encompasses large swings in mood/energy/speed of thoughts/behavior which may last days/weeks at a time. See your local psychiatrist or primary care doctor for screening. Meds are most helpful but counseling can help. ...Read more