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Bipolar Disorder Information

  • Bipolar disorder is not just a single disorder, but a category of mood disorders marked by one or more periods of abnormally high energy and euphoria. People who experience these manic episodes often experience accompanying bouts of clinical depression. The rapid alternation of these states, called cycling, can occur often. The onset of bipolar disorder symptoms usually begins during early adulthood...
  • Bipolar Causes

    Because varying factors can trigger the condition, there is no single cause for bipolar disorder. Scientists widely support the view that genetic factors have a strong influence on the emergence of bipolar disorder, and that various individual genes play a role in combination. Apart from genetic influences, the theory of kindling proposes that a series of stressful life experiences may trigger the disorder in people with an inherited predisposition to it.

    Bipolar Treatments

    Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, it can be effectively managed so that the affected person can still lead a normal life. The condition is usually medically treated with a group of drugs called mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic medication is often prescribed to treat manic episodes. If you're diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, it's best to have a chat with your doctor about which treatments might work for you, and then commit to sticking to it. This commitment is particularly challenging with bipolar disorder -- during periods of elation, you may "forget" that you have the disorder, no longer feel the need for help, or may wish to prolong the euphoria. DailyStrength users with bipolar disorder have cited several alternative therapies, activities, and supplements that help them cope, almost always used in combination with medication. These include support group therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), taking fish oil, and writing.

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