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What happens in the brain to cause bipolar disorder?

What happens in the brain to cause bipolar disorder?

We Don't Know: We really do not know what causes bipolar disorder and we do not know what happens to the brain in folks with bipolar disorder. It would be great if we did, but we don't. There is ongoing research trying to unlock the secrets to many brain diseases. I think, in the next decade or so, there will be many great discoveries in this area. Stay tuned. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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What is happening in the brain that causes bipolar disorder?

What is happening in the brain that causes bipolar disorder?

Lots of research: Nothing is certain yet, but researchers are finding abnormalities in the structure and/or function of certain brain circuits that could underlie bipolar. There is also work in brain chemical interactions with stress hormones. Brain injuries and some diseases along with genetic tendencies may all play parts. In the end, there is interference in mood intensity regulation and stabilization. It's hard. ...Read more

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I had a cva in the front part of my brain. It causes mood swings. Could it of caused bipolar disorder in me. I currently suffer depression. ?

I had a cva in the front part of my brain.  It causes mood swings.  Could it of caused bipolar disorder in me.  I currently suffer depression. ?

Complex issue: Why a cva at your age? This sounds rather complex and difficult. Frontal lobe disorders are very complex and will affect mood and behavior and attention. You need a thorough medical evaluation and referral for specialist evaluation as deemed appropriate by your primary physician. There may be a complicated neurological cause for your condition. ...Read more

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Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Sometimes.: Anxious ruminations & agitated depression can certainly present with racing thoughts. I can't think of any reason why ocd might not somtimes present similarly. ...Read more

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Is there any proof bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance in brain?

Is there any proof bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance in brain?

Not clearly: Noone knows exactly what causes bipolar disorder, but we do have evidence showing that extreme mood episodes like that in bipolar disorder must be from chemical imbalance as often medications that readjust these chemical balances between neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine etc work effectively for the disorder. ...Read more

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I have type 2 bipolar disorder and its been unbearable. I'm either depressed or i'm so hyper i'm fighting my brain to calm down. I have no insurance for medicines. What shouldi do?

I have type 2 bipolar disorder and its been unbearable. I'm either depressed or i'm so hyper i'm fighting my brain to calm down. I have no insurance for medicines. What shouldi do?

There are options: This is a great question. There are older, effective medications for bipolar disorder that are much less expensive than the newer ones. Lithium is one example. Alternatively, many pharmaceutical companies have programs to help with the cost of medications that are based on income. Finally, some doctors or clinics have free samples of medications please ask your doctor about these alternatives. ...Read more

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Can someone develop bipolar disorder from traumatic brain injury?

Can someone develop bipolar disorder from traumatic brain injury?

Yes.: It's not especially common, but some people do develop bipolar disorder after brain injury. The mechanism is not well understood. Treatment approaches are essentially identical in terms of medications, but response rates may be less robust. ...Read more

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Can someone maintain a steady brain wave. Been on lithium for 15yrs. Would i ever be able to go without it. I have bipolar disorder. Also take paxil (paroxetine)?

Can someone maintain a steady brain wave.  Been on lithium for 15yrs. Would i ever be able to go without it. I have bipolar disorder. Also take paxil (paroxetine)?

Brain waves: In bipolar disorder it's not brain waves that are the problem -- it's a problem with unstable mood. Lithium ; some others can keep mood stable. Antidepressants can destabilize bipolar disorder; most psychiatrists avoid using antidepressants in this condition unless absolutely necessary. Currently, conventional psychiatry has little else to offer bipolar disorder but lithium and anticonvulsants. ...Read more

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Complications- Lyme disease, bipolar disorder, and dental abscess that has spread to heart/brain/ears/eyes?

Complications- Lyme disease, bipolar disorder,  and dental abscess that has spread to heart/brain/ears/eyes?

Seek skilled doctor: This is an incredibly complex situation that requires the care of an experienced ; skilled holistic doc. Treat your dental abscess first. Anyone with lyme ; bipolar disorder probably has pyrroluria- see http://betterhealthguy.Com/kpu
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Just got diagnosed with bipolar disorder. What are some good books to read to educate myself about this? I've read unquiet mind. I

Just got diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  What are some good books to read to educate myself about this?  I've read unquiet mind.  I

NAMI Resources: Now that you have received the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, a good place to start is your local nami chapter. You can locate this information at nami.Org. Support groups are a good resource as well. Check-out depression and bipolar support alliance at www.Dbsalliance.Org, and mental health america at www.Mentalhealthamerica.Net. Good luck and continue followup with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do people with bipolar disorder know when they are about to go into a depressed state of mind?

Do people with bipolar disorder know when they are about to go into a depressed state of mind?

Bipolar disorder : Some folks who had the episodic illness can have some sense of the phase of depression or mania starting usually there are red flags like sleep changes increases irritability intense emotional responses and lot more depending on individuals and course of illness.Mostly family members if observant can see the mood fluctuations coming always consult your psychiatrist may need med adjustment. ...Read more

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What can cause bipolar disorder?

What can cause bipolar disorder?

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

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What are some symptoms and what causes bipolar disorder?

What are some symptoms and what causes bipolar disorder?

No need for sleep: Typically, no need for sleep or very little sleep over several days or up to a week and not feeling tired. Also, feeling like you have superpowers, you can fly, or save the world by yourself, grandiose delusions. Finally, increased risk taking behaviors, like excessive gambling, sexual promiscuity, shopping sprees, etc. Depressive episodes are similat to unipolar depression. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hallucinations ? I have both a/v hallucinations and bipolar disorder. The hallucinations are very disconcerting!

What are the causes of hallucinations ?  I have both a/v hallucinations and bipolar disorder.  The hallucinations are very disconcerting!

Hallucinations: Hallucinations are psychotic symptoms, and can happen in many different contexts. In bipolar disorder, they can happen when you're either depressed or manic. I see no mood stabilizing or antipsychotic medications in your list, but I do see the antidepressants amitriptylene and bupropion. If this is true, it may be the reason for your hallucinations. Please tell your psychiatrist asap! ...Read more

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Does bipolar disorder cause facial tics?

Does bipolar disorder cause facial tics?

No: Facial tics are not included in the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. Facial tics can be caused by a few different things including medication side-effects. I have had patients who had both bipolar disorder and tourette syndrome. Each is a different condition. ...Read more

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I want to know which medication for bipolar disorder is less likely to cause weight gain.

I want to know which medication for bipolar disorder is less likely to cause weight gain.

Quite a few.: This depends on what your doctor prescribes as a mood stabilizer. Aripiprazole, Topiramate, Lamotrigine,Saphris, Latuda (lurasidone) are some of them. ...Read more

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I heard the bornavirus is a major cause of bipolar disorder. How common is this virus in the U.S.?

I heard the bornavirus is a major cause of bipolar disorder. How common is this virus in the U.S.?

Not likely accurate: "Absence of evidence for bornavirus infection in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22290118) indicates "Our results argue strongly against a role for BDV in the pathogenesis of these psychiatric disorders." ...Read more

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What are some causes of bipolar disorder?

What are some causes of bipolar disorder?

predisposition: Bipolar and mood diorders often run in families. Quite often there is a genetic predisposition that can be be triggered by trauma or other life events. More and more denovo cases are being seen which some believe may be impacted by environmental toxins. ...Read more

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What causes diagnosed for having bipolar disorder?

What causes diagnosed for having bipolar disorder?

Evaluation: To get an accurate diagnosis you need to see your doctor. They may order blood tests to rule out any underlying medical illnesses that could be causing your symptoms. Once all medical reasons are ruled out, then a mental health evaluation of your symptoms can help clarify a diagnosis for accurate treatment. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder caused by drug abuse?

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

Dr. Alan Ali
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