What is Bipolar Disorder.
If you suspect that you’re suffering from bipolar disorder, seek help right away. The earlier you catch bipolar disorder, the better your chances of getting and staying well. An experienced mental health professional can make an accurate diagnosis and start you on the path to recovery. It may take some time to find the treatments and therapies that work best for you, but once you do, you’ll feel better. Effective treatment for bipolar disorder can relieve symptoms, reduce the frequency and intensity of manic and depressive episodes, and restore your ability to function.
Types of bipolar disorder
- Bipolar I Disorder (mania and depression): Bipolar I disorder is the classic form of the illness, as well as the most severe type of bipolar disorder. The vast majority of people with bipolar I disorder have also experienced at least one episode of major depression, although this isn’t required for diagnosis.
- Bipolar II Disorder (hypomania and depression): Mania is not involved in bipolar II disorder. Instead, the illness involves recurring episodes of major depression and hypomania, a milder form of mania.
- Cyclothymia (hypomania and mild depression): Cyclothymia is a milder form of bipolar disorder. Like bipolar disorder, cyclothymia consists of cyclical mood swings. However, the highs and lows are not severe enough to qualify as either mania or major depression.
Symptoms of Bipolar I Disorder
someone with bipolar disorder, elevated mood can manifest itself as either euphoria (feeling "high") or as irritability.Abnormal behavior during manic as below
- Flying suddenly from one idea to the next
- Rapid, "pressured" (uninterruptable), and loud speech
- Increased energy, with hyperactivity and a decreased need for sleep
- Inflated self-image
- Excessive spending
- Substance abuse
causes of bipolar disorder
- Childhood trauma
Some experts believe you may develop bipolar disorder if you experienced severe emotional distress as a child, such as
- sexual or physical abuse
- traumatic events
- losing someone very close to you, such as a parent or carer
Stressful life events
You may be able to link the start of your symptoms to a very stressful period in your life, such as:
- A relationship breakdown
- money worries and poverty
- experiencing a traumatic loss
- Self-esteem problems: It may be that when you feel very bad about yourself, mania increases your self-confidence to help you cope.
- Brain chemistry: This suggests that bipolar disorder may be related to problems with the function of these neurotransmitters – and this is supported by some research. However, no one knows for certain what exactly these problems are, or what causes them.
- Genetic inheritance: This suggests that bipolar disorder might be passed on through families.this does not necessarily mean that there is a 'bipolar gene' family links are likely to be much more complex.
Home remedies for bipolar
- Fish Oil: Being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil can help in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Fish oil improves the functionality of brain and helps overcome depression.
- Brahmi: Brahmi, also known as bacopa, is another useful herb for bipolar disorder because it works as a mild stimulant as well as sedative. It also helps enhance memory and relieves mental strain.
- Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha works as a nervine tonic to improve the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
- Valerian Root: Valerian promotes feelings of calmness and reduces nervous tension and stress along with anxiety, restlessness and mild to moderate mood changes.
- Passion Flower: Passion flower has sedative properties that can reduce anxiety and excitability experienced during the manic episodes of bipolar disorder
- Magnesium: It also promotes good sleep. In fact, magnesium deficiency often leads to insomnia and anxiety. Magnesium levels are naturally depleted during periods of stress and hard work.
- B Vitamins: Vitamin B1, also called thiamin, improves blood circulation in the brain and body. Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, combats irritability. Vitamin B9, popularly known as folic acid, is critical for maintaining proper brain function and synthesis of key brain chemicals.
- St. John’s Wort: St. John’s Wort is a popular herbal antidepressant as it helps treat mild to moderate depression. It also affects various brain chemicals.
- Licorice: Licorice, too, can help with bipolar disorder as it acts as antidepressant. It also seems to affect hormone production.
- Massage Therapy: Massage therapy promotes relaxation and relieves anxiety, stress and depression, thus helping in the treatment of bipolar disorder. It also affects hormones and neurotransmitters.
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