Category Archives: Bipolar Disorder

Complementary and alternative treatments of bipolar disorder

A large percentage of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder use complementary and alternative approaches together with prescription medications however there is little evidence for the safety and efficacy of many CAM therapies. The most appropriate and effective treatment approach should … Continue reading

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Limitations of conventional medications used to treat bipolar disorder

Different medications are used to treat bipolar disorder including mood stabilizers (e.g. lithium carbonate and valproate), antidepressants, antipsychotics and sedative-hypnotics. Mood stabilizers do what the name implies, that is they keep the mood from going up and down between episodes … Continue reading

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Poor sleep habits increase the risk of relapse in persons with bipolar disorder

Abnormal sleep is known to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sleeping too little or too long, as well as chronic insomnia significantly increase the risk of illness and death related to cardiovascular disease. This is probably related to … Continue reading

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Serious medical problems frequently accompany bipolar disorder

Many individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder have serious medical problems including diabetes and cardiovascular disease which significantly increase their risk of dying. In fact cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder resulting in … Continue reading

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Many individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder do not respond to treatment

It is estimated that fewer than one half of individuals who take prescription medications following a first manic episode have good long-term control of their symptoms. To make matters more complicated, as many as 40% of bipolar patients who are … Continue reading

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Challenges in diagnosing bipolar disorder

Distinguishing between mania and acute agitation caused by another mental health problem or a medical disorder, medication side effects or a substance of abuse can be challenging. A careful history helps to clarify whether a person is experiencing mood changes … Continue reading

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Recent advances in understanding of bipolar disorder

There are probably many causes of bipolar disorder including genetic, neurobiological, and immunologic factors. One recently proposed theory suggests that a problem that takes place at the level of RNA may lead to dysfunction of mitochondria, the ‘power houses’ of … Continue reading

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Bipolar disorder: managing symptoms from an integrative perspective

Bipolar disorder in overview Approximately 1% of the adult population experiences persisting mood swings and fulfills criteria for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a heritable mental illness. First-degree relatives of Bipolar individuals are much more likely to … Continue reading

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Integrative treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Conventional pharmacological treatments of the depressive and manic phases of bipolar disorder have a mixed record of success. This is due both to high rates of treatment discontinuation and limited efficacy when treatment is adhered to. Furthermore, less severe symptoms … Continue reading

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