Posts Tagged ‘bipolar’

Treatment For Bipolar - Some Options

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Treatment for Bipolar

Bipolar is a disorder that can have a great affect on the individual and their life and family. one common definition of bipolar states that a person with bipolar disorder experiences states of extreme “up’s” followed by periods of deep depression. Previously bipolar was referred to as “Manic Depression”. A state of high, or mania, followed by the low, or depression.

Bipolar os far reaching as it affects not only the persons feelings but also their thoughts, behavior and perceptions.
Some experets believe bipolar is caused by a dysfunction of chemical and electrical elements in the brain, others believe it to have a genetical factor making those of a family history of bipolar or other mental illnesses more prone to bipolar.

There are many prescription medications given for bipolar. Not all are comfortable taking these drugs and are interested in pursuing alternative, or natural therapies instead of pharmaceuticals. (Changing anything in your prescribed regimen should be done with your clinician only)

Omega 3.
There are a number of researches showing that omega 3 found in fish oils and in certain fishes are excellent for bipolar patients and other mental illnesses. There was a significant research done in 30 bipolar patients for four months. It was a placebo-controlled and double-blind study. It aims to compare omega 3’s efficacy versus olive oil or placebo for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is a neuropsychiatic illness with a high mortality and morbidity. In the preliminary study, it was proven that omega 3 performed better and resulted to longer remissions based on the four scales of symptom-severity. Further studies are still underway.

Herbs

Some resolve to the use of herbal supplements instead of taking prescription drugs. But not all herbs are good for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Herbs are powerful and just because they are natural does not mean they do not have negative effects. Some herbs can actually worsen the symptoms of bipolar, and some can worsen bipolar symptoms when taken in conjunction with a pharmaceutical. Consult your doctor first before taking any herbal medication in conjunction with other drugs.

Nutrition and Your Diet

What you eat has a great effect on your mental status. Cutting out items containing sugar, corn, wheat, carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners and caffeine just to mention a few, can go a long way in helping to stabilize your mood.

Pastoral Counseling

If you’re suffering from bipolar disorder, you can also seek help from your pastor, priest, or rabbi. The spiritual community may be of great help during these times. In fact, allopathic medicine is now recognizing the role of spirituality and prayers.

Art and Movement
Through the arts, you can express freely your feelings and do so without inhibitions. You can enroll in a drawing class, sculpting, painting, and many others. Many therapists combine art and therapy.

Moving the body produces the “feeling good hormones” such and endorphins. So enroll in a dance therapy. Let your feet tap away and your spirit soar while incorporating your physical, cognitive, and emotional facets to the dance.

Soothing music have an effect on the brain waves and can make a person relax. Enroll in sound or music therapy could be not only beneficial but fun as well. Your body chemicals can be stimulated to improve blood pressure and flow, breathing, pulse rate, and changes in posture.

Do make sure that any therapies you choose are OK’d by your therapist or doctor.

Bipolar Medication- Should You Take It?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Bipolar medication in some cases is really unavoidable. Due to chemical imbalances in your brain, your brain is not functioning at full capacity, and may need help in the form of medicines or drug therapy. A catch 22 that generally occurs in people suffering from bipolar disorder, is that they begin taking bipolar medication, and start their road to becoming symptom free, only to realize that that is all that is happening. They are taking away the symptoms, and not providing a cure.

Many patients are tempted to stop taking their bipolar medication when they start to feel better, and truthfully, if your medication is working for you, that is the absolute LAST thing you should do. Bipolar disorder is generally an recurring disorder, and each time a patient suffers an episode, it is that much harder to get back on track and treat effectively. Un treated or poorly treated bipolar disorder can create lasting damage to a persons nervous system, which would end up making recovery 10 times more difficult, if not impossible.

Patients who are tempted to stop taking their bipolar medication should stop to think for a moment. Bipolar disorder affects judgment, especially during a manic phase. Despite the fact that you feel better now, and are feeling happy, stopping your medication would be a mistake that would land you right back where you were, and struggling all the harder to over come your disorder. Why derail all that progress?

A good way to keep yourself on the right path, is to create a checklist of your life before medications, and your life after. Was your life better or worse? In what ways does your bipolar medication effect you? How does it help you? Also, remind yourself what life is like when you are off meds, and enlist your family to keep you on track. An alternative to stopping bipolar medication, is speaking to your doctor about possibly reducing your dosages, and see how you do.

Also always keep in mind that stopping bipolar medication abruptly can result in some serious withdrawal symptoms, including pain and suicidal thoughts. Why put yourself back into such a dark place unnecessarily? Take your bipolar medication instead.

Bipolar Personality- Should You Share Your Diagnosis?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Dealing with a bipolar personality is becoming more and more prevalent. People are diagnosed every single day with bipolar disorder, and a common question for those struggling with a bipolar personality may be, should I tell other people about my illness?

Followed by this comes questions like who should I tell? Who shouldn’t I share it with? How much information is too much? Having a bipolar personality is nothing you should be ashamed of. It is an illness just like any other illness, and can be greatly improved with proper care and treatment.

Having a bipolar personality could end up being something that is just a reality for you, that you will have to deal with every day of your life in some way or another. That being said, why put yourself under additional stress by trying to keep it under wraps, or keep your disorder a secret from those around you.

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to go around broadcasting your illness to every one that you meet, definitely not. Dealing with a bipolar personality is a private issue, and you should only be sharing it with those you are comfortable sharing it with. If that means that you want to tell your boss or your co workers you are suffering from bipolar personality, then by all means, do so.

If you prefer to keep the sharing limited to close family and friends, then that is your choice too, and there is no reason that you have to share your struggles with your boss or co workers as well. One thing to keep in mind, is that when you do share something like struggling with a bipolar personality with others, whether it is co workers or friends, be prepared for questions about it. Not everyone is familiar with the disorder, despite it’s rising prevalence, and some may have questions, and truly desire to learn more in order to be more supportive of you. In that case, sharing details about having a bipolar personality can help others be more accepting and open minded, which is always a good thing!

Bipolar Effects and It’s Impact On Life

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Dealing with bipolar effects in someone who is ill can be a significant strain on not only the victim, but everyone within the victims sphere of life. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings. Some times the mood swings are rapid and changing, other times the mood swings affect the victim over a long period of time. They will sink into a severely depressed stage for weeks at a time, and then move to a manic phase for several more weeks.

Occasionally bipolar effects are minimal, at least during ‘normal’ periods when the victim feels healthy and whole for a short time. There are many instances of bipolar sufferers only going through one or two episodes during their entire lives, and spend the rest perfectly normal. Then there are those who battle with bipolar episodes every day, and the bipolar effects on their lives.

Unfortunately there isn’t a concrete known cause for bipolar disorder. However it is widely believed to be genetically passed down through the family. Bipolar disorder can also manifest at nearly any age. However it is most common in late teens and adults. Bipolar effects CAN be seen in children as young as infancy however, so if you have a family history, you may want to be on the look out for signs and symptoms.

What is interesting about bipolar disorder and bipolar effects is that no two people have been documented to experience the same pattern of mood swings. Frequency and intensity of bipolar effects vary widely from person to person.

One of the more intriguing bipolar effects, is the manic episodes. Victims are pumped, almost like they are on drugs, and full of grandiose ideas and theories. They tend to have very little self control when it comes to pleasurable, but disastrous things like embarking on a spending spree they can ill afford, or being promiscuous with strangers. Unfortunately victims are unable to see the harm in their behavior, or understand the bipolar effects that are controlling their lives.

Bipolar Teens- How To Handle It

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Bipolar teens can be unpredictable and volatile to deal with. It is estimated that 7% of victims of bipolar disorder are teenagers. Bipolar teens are typically afflicted in their late teens, although diagnosis has occurred in children as young as 6.

In many cases bipolar teens are mistakenly thought to be suffering from ADHD, due to extreme mood swings being common in both disorders. If you think your teen may be suffering from bipolar disorder you should take them to a doctor immediately.

Some things to look for when trying to assess your teens mental state, are things like increased energy, and lack of sleep for extended periods of time. A lack of focus and concentration, as well as physical agitation. Hyper sexuality is also common among bipolar teens.

During a depressed phase some things you might notice in your teen are loss of energy, over sleeping, moping or persistent sadness, and even suicidal thoughts or attempts. Bipolar teens are typically stuck with the disorder for life, as there is no permanent cure. However with family support, proper diagnosis and treatment, as well as a healthy lifestyle, it is very possible to live a long and happy life.

Some things to keep in mind with bipolar teens is that it is important to create a routine that your whole family sticks to and follows, and keep updated regularly by their teachers and anyone else who is a frequent part of their daily life. Always monitor medications closely and be sure to inform your doctor of any adverse side affects. The problem with some depression medications is that they have been known to trigger suicidal thoughts much more easily in teens than in adults. So alway take threats of suicide seriously, and consider therapy for the whole family.

Bipolar teens can be tough to handle sometimes, so if you can catch bipolar disorder early, then you can be well on your way to proper treatment and relief for your beloved teen. Life was meant to be enjoyed by our children, not fraught with depression and fear.

Bipolar Support

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Bipolar Support- Family and Friends Count!

Last modified on 2008-10-18 22:05:50 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Bipolar disorder can be a confusing and emotional roller coaster for those affected with the disorder. Bipolar support is essential, whether it is via family, friends, or support groups and therapy. Having family or friends who surround you with love and understanding can make a world of difference in your behavior and though patterns.

One thing that is common in adults suffering from bipolar disorder is the urge to stop taking your medication during “neutral” periods, because you think that you are cured, or more commonly, you miss the manic highs of your disorder. When you have a strong support system in place, they can help you over come the urge to stop taking your medications, and avoid you experiencing another episode of spiraling out of control.

Another benefit to having bipolar support from your family and friends, is during times of crisis, when depression gets the better of you and you feel suicidal, your family is there to provide comfort and help, and keep you from doing something irreversible.

If you don’t have family or friends supporting you, seek out a support group. I am sure you doctor could recommend several. Bipolar support groups are excellent ways to connect with others suffering just like you, and gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings without fear of ridicule. You are not alone in this life, and a bipolar support group can help you remember that, and be there for you during hard times.

When you join a bipolar support group, make a commitment. Commit to becoming a regular member and go as often as possible, not just during your dark times. In many cases if you show up during neutral periods when you are feeling good and happy, you can be an inspiration to others suffering from deep sadness. This in turn can inspire you to continue on your road to wellness. Bipolar support is integral to your success in becoming healthy, whether from family or friends or therapy. People are people no matter what, and just feeling that connection can go a long way from digging you out of the dark lonely place you may feel stuck in.

Bipolar Personality- Should You Share Your Diagnosis?

Last modified on 2008-10-18 13:41:03 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Dealing with a bipolar personality is becoming more and more prevalent. People are diagnosed every single day with bipolar disorder, and a common question for those struggling with a bipolar personality may be, should I tell other people about my illness?

Followed by this comes questions like who should I tell? Who shouldn’t I share it with? How much information is too much? Having a bipolar personality is nothing you should be ashamed of. It is an illness just like any other illness, and can be greatly improved with proper care and treatment.

Having a bipolar personality could end up being something that is just a reality for you, that you will have to deal with every day of your life in some way or another. That being said, why put yourself under additional stress by trying to keep it under wraps, or keep your disorder a secret from those around you.

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to go around broadcasting your illness to every one that you meet, definitely not. Dealing with a bipolar personality is a private issue, and you should only be sharing it with those you are comfortable sharing it with. If that means that you want to tell your boss or your co workers you are suffering from bipolar personality, then by all means, do so.

If you prefer to keep the sharing limited to close family and friends, then that is your choice too, and there is no reason that you have to share your struggles with your boss or co workers as well. One thing to keep in mind, is that when you do share something like struggling with a bipolar personality with others, whether it is co workers or friends, be prepared for questions about it. Not everyone is familiar with the disorder, despite it’s rising prevalence, and some may have questions, and truly desire to learn more in order to be more supportive of you. In that case, sharing details about having a bipolar personality can help others be more accepting and open minded, which is always a good thing!

Children and Bipolar Disorder

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Mood disorders such as bipolar in children, can often be difficult to diagnose.  Often times, pyschosis and ADHD can be mistaken for bipolar disorder, simply because they too result in mood swings and altering energy levels.  Children by nature are anxious and constantly on the go, which makes it difficult to judge WHY they might be acting in such a way.

In many cases a doctor will perform a series of tests in order to diagnose bipolar in general, and spercifically bipolar in children.  Tests include family background checks, as bipolar disorder is often caused by childhood environment.

Medical history will be taken, and the doctor may ask you about any drugs you have recently taken, including the illegal ones.

References are utilized in diagnosing bipolar disorder, a doctor many times will find himself question your behavior with family members or friends.

Observational tests require you to participate in a series of tests that  that will observe moodswings and patterns, and in some cases, the way you dress, or your body type.

Mental health assesments depending on how much concern is warranted.  Another important thing to keep in mind is origins and cycles.  Keep a journal of when and where your manic episodes started.

Another thing to keep in mind, is that with children, abrupt and quick mood swings are the norm and can change in fact, several times a day.  There are some cases where children have exhibited both the highs and lows of bipolar disorder at the same time.

Bipolar in children can manifest itself in violent temper tantrums, touching themselves in inappropriate places, frequent headaches, stomach ache, and a myriad of other symptoms.  However, treatment as soon as possible is very important, as bipolar in children can be treated quite effectively when combined with therapy.  Over all, bipolar in children is tough to deal with, but rest assured, there is hope.

Bipolar Medications

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Common Bipolar Medications

Last modified on 2008-10-12 02:23:10 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Bipolar disorder can control your life if not properly managed, and given bipolar medications.  However it is often difficult to diagnose, and many times difficult to find the right balancing act in treating it effectively.  There is a fine line bipolar disorder victims walk, and the trick lies in finding the perfect dosages and the perfect types of medications for your particular case.

There are several kinds bipolar medications prescribed for patients, and here we will cover the most common ones.  Mood stabilizers such as lithium, are used to treat both the highs and lows of bipolar disorder, and are often taken consistently, even during normal periods, in an effort to prevent extreme episodes from occuring.

Anticonvulsants such as Valproate and Carbamazepine are given to control periods of mania.  Again, they are often used in the prevention of episodes from occurring as well.

Bipolar medications like anti depressants such as Prozac or Wellbutrin are used to combat the severe lows of bipolar disorder, when the victim sinks into deep depression.

Antispsychotics are also used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.  Drugs like Abilify and Clozaril  are used during periods of extreme mania, a victim can deteriorate into delusional behavior, or hallucinate.  This helps to curb those symptoms.

Antianxiety medication like Xanax  is sort of a short term quick solution in regards to bipolar medications.  It can help relieve stress in a person experiencing a manic episode, and can reduce symptoms of insomnia as well.

These are all the more common drugs that are prescribed for bipolar treatment, however there are several more available than just these.  Which type of bipolar medication you are prescribed depends entirely on your doctor, and the type of symptoms you are experiencing.  The basis of these meds are to help victims find a balance in their moods and prevent future episodes of severe mania or severe depression.

Once you have found the right balance, it is possible to live a full life mostly symptom free.  It is also important to remember that some of these bipolar medications can take several weeks to really create a noticible effect.  If you feel a particular medication isn’t working for you, or is causing adverse symptoms that you can’t live with, please inform your doctor so they can make a change for you.  Bipolar disorder can be managed when armed with the proper tools!

Bipolar Medication- Should You Take It?

Last modified on 2008-10-18 13:39:46 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Bipolar medication in some cases is really unavoidable. Due to chemical imbalances in your brain, your brain is not functioning at full capacity, and may need help in the form of medicines or drug therapy. A catch 22 that generally occurs in people suffering from bipolar disorder, is that they begin taking bipolar medication, and start their road to becoming symptom free, only to realize that that is all that is happening. They are taking away the symptoms, and not providing a cure.

Many patients are tempted to stop taking their bipolar medication when they start to feel better, and truthfully, if your medication is working for you, that is the absolute LAST thing you should do. Bipolar disorder is generally an recurring disorder, and each time a patient suffers an episode, it is that much harder to get back on track and treat effectively. Un treated or poorly treated bipolar disorder can create lasting damage to a persons nervous system, which would end up making recovery 10 times more difficult, if not impossible.

Patients who are tempted to stop taking their bipolar medication should stop to think for a moment. Bipolar disorder affects judgment, especially during a manic phase. Despite the fact that you feel better now, and are feeling happy, stopping your medication would be a mistake that would land you right back where you were, and struggling all the harder to over come your disorder. Why derail all that progress?

A good way to keep yourself on the right path, is to create a checklist of your life before medications, and your life after. Was your life better or worse? In what ways does your bipolar medication effect you? How does it help you? Also, remind yourself what life is like when you are off meds, and enlist your family to keep you on track. An alternative to stopping bipolar medication, is speaking to your doctor about possibly reducing your dosages, and see how you do.

Also always keep in mind that stopping bipolar medication abruptly can result in some serious withdrawal symptoms, including pain and suicidal thoughts. Why put yourself back into such a dark place unnecessarily? Take your bipolar medication instead.

Common Bipolar Medications

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Bipolar disorder can control your life if not properly managed, and given bipolar medications.  However it is often difficult to diagnose, and many times difficult to find the right balancing act in treating it effectively.  There is a fine line bipolar disorder victims walk, and the trick lies in finding the perfect dosages and the perfect types of medications for your particular case.

There are several kinds bipolar medications prescribed for patients, and here we will cover the most common ones.  Mood stabilizers such as lithium, are used to treat both the highs and lows of bipolar disorder, and are often taken consistently, even during normal periods, in an effort to prevent extreme episodes from occuring.

Anticonvulsants such as Valproate and Carbamazepine are given to control periods of mania.  Again, they are often used in the prevention of episodes from occurring as well.

Bipolar medications like anti depressants such as Prozac or Wellbutrin are used to combat the severe lows of bipolar disorder, when the victim sinks into deep depression.

Antispsychotics are also used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.  Drugs like Abilify and Clozaril  are used during periods of extreme mania, a victim can deteriorate into delusional behavior, or hallucinate.  This helps to curb those symptoms.

Antianxiety medication like Xanax  is sort of a short term quick solution in regards to bipolar medications.  It can help relieve stress in a person experiencing a manic episode, and can reduce symptoms of insomnia as well.

These are all the more common drugs that are prescribed for bipolar treatment, however there are several more available than just these.  Which type of bipolar medication you are prescribed depends entirely on your doctor, and the type of symptoms you are experiencing.  The basis of these meds are to help victims find a balance in their moods and prevent future episodes of severe mania or severe depression.

Once you have found the right balance, it is possible to live a full life mostly symptom free.  It is also important to remember that some of these bipolar medications can take several weeks to really create a noticible effect.  If you feel a particular medication isn’t working for you, or is causing adverse symptoms that you can’t live with, please inform your doctor so they can make a change for you.  Bipolar disorder can be managed when armed with the proper tools!