Tag: Bipolar Disorder

Take a Bipolar Disorder Test

1. Have you ever had a distinct period of consistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood lasting throughout at least four days that is clearly different from your usual non-depressed mood? 2. If yes, during the period of mood disturbance have you had at least three or more of the following symptoms to a significant degree, and throughout the entire period? Inflated self esteem or grandiosity Decreased need for sleep (e.g., 3 hours sleep and not tired the next day) You were more talkative than usual,…

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Bipolar Disorder Medication & Side Effects

To be clear, in Whole Psychiatry, we strive to reduce the use of medication through assessment and treatment of nutrition, hormones, gastrointestinal disorders, immune and inflammatory pathways, detoxification, social rhythm therapy, and educational and supportive psychotherapy. Nevertheless, medications may be needed, although in lower doses and with less polypharmacy. Medications for Bipolar Disorder fall into three categories Major Tranquilizers (see full table below) –also called anti-psychotics. The common ones that are currently used include Chlorpromazine (Thorazine), Haloperidol (Haldol), Perphenazine (generic only), Fluphenazine (generic only), Risperidone…

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Famous People with Bipolar Disorder

People with bipolar disorder have with out a doubt, helped shape the history of the world, in all venues, from the political to the arts to the spiritual and religious. Moses himself may have been manic depressive (he was impulsive, killing an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew slave, was a stutterer which reflects a problem in dopamine circuitry, and then had some very important spiritual experiences). Certainly Theodore Herzl, the late 1800’s mover of Zionism, was manic-depressive. So was Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven….

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Bipolar Disorder in Children

There is an alarming and growing trend in psychiatry to diagnose bipolar disorder in children. While the usual time of onset for a bipolar disorder is sometime in adolescence (see table under Bipolar Disorder), researchers are coming to the conclusion that the disorder can be present in children and cause disruption in the child’s life and the lives of those around them. They claim that rather than presenting with classic manic and depressive episodes, children are more likely to have rapidly cycling moods (with in…

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Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Bipolar disorder symptoms vary depending on which phase of the disorder you are experiencing, the manic phase (or its milder version, hypomania), the depressed phase, or the mixed state, which combines symptoms of both the high energy manic phase and the low or irritable mood of the depressed phase. Thus, to know whether you have a bipolar disorder, you must look at symptoms over as long a period of time as possible. You might have depression right now, but perhaps you had hypomanic symptoms a…

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, like depression, has been part of the human condition since the dawn of humankind. In fact it can be persuasively argued that people with Bipolar Disorder have shaped the course of human history via influence in many fields, including the arts, religion, politics, medicine and economics. At the same time, bipolar disorder and its associated conditions (e.g., drug and alcohol abuse, divorce etc.) can extract a great toll in terms of human suffering and mortality (e.g., cardiovascular disease, suicide). Determining whether one has…

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Highest Rates of Bipolar Disorder in the United States: Why?

According to a new study discussed on Health.com “about 2.4% of people around the world have had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the first comprehensive international figures on the topic.The United States has the highest lifetime rate of bipolar disorder at 4.4%, and India the lowest, with 0.1%”.  Bipolar disorder has a strong genetic component. Depending on which studies you look at, the  gentics acount for anywhere from 40-60% of the vulnerability. While that seems like a high number it…

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“Are there Benefits to having Bipolar disorder?”

Let me start by acknowledging what is well known: Manic Depression or Bipolar disorder can be a devastating illness. Affecting at least 1% of the population, it can, untreated, result in suicide, ruined careers and devastated families. Bipolar disorder is often accompanied by alcohol and drug abuse and addiction, criminal and even violent behavior. I acknowledge this, because I do not want to make light of the burden this illness places on people’s lives, their families and communities. On the other hand, the history of…

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