These efforts to espouse hope that cure is within reach is potentially guilt -inducing for those with bipolar disorder who experience the prospect of cure as being beyond their reach. From the author's perspective, those who take prescribed medication are using pharmaceutical treatment to run from their fears!
The implication being that if they alternatively chose the right kind of psychotherapy , they could free themselves from drug treatment and from a bipolar future fraught with recurrent relapse. I know many a bipolar individual who would mightily disagree. I too can't align with this position, though I also can't fully dismiss the implication that unresolved personal issues sometimes do contribute to bipolar symptoms.
The important distinction entails knowing when personal issues do exacerbate bipolar symptoms rather than proffering the broad-sweeping and misinformed assumption that unresolved personal issues cause bipolar disorder. There's also the converse side of the argument, the more predominant medical model, which holds to the view that bipolar disorder is biologically based, chronic and lifelong.
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For most with bipolar disorder this is more familiar territory. If you've been hospitalized or experienced recurrent episodes of moderate to acute instability, then you've likely had a psychiatrist suggest that you need to accept the permanence of your condition and learn to live with it. However, the reality is that most longitudinal studies do support the notion that bipolar disorder is a chronic lifelong condition.
Where this gets tricky is with those on the mild end of the bipolar continuum who are somewhere between 16 and their mid-twenties. Consider the profound transformation that most individuals undergo while going from adolescence to young adulthood; or better, imagine taking a version of yourself at 19 and visiting with him or her when you turn You'd probably feel like you were encountering a very different individual. That's the beauty of maturation - we really do change with time. When the lifestyle patterns of the late adolescent evolve toward adulthood, we often see the establishment of regular employment routine, healthier sleep hygiene and increased consistency of day-to-day functioning.
This is why adolescents are prone to see adulthood as boring! I am not saying this commonly occurs, but I can report that anecdotally, I do see it happen from time to time. In other words, sometimes growing up also means smoothing out.
Maturation is one of those things that happens apart from our volition. In fact, the cerebral cortex, a part of the brain involved in judgment, decision-making and impulse control continues to develop into the mids. You don't just wake up one day at age 19 and say I'm going to become grown up today. More accurately, you gradually develop better insight, perspective and impulse control through experience and with continued cortical development over the course of late adolescence and young adulthood.
That's where the hope lies for those in their late teens with mild bipolar symptoms. My own admittedly biased answer to this is — psychotherapy. Before going there, we need to first consider the important distinction between internal and external influences upon mood. Let's begin by thinking of bipolar disorder as being akin to the volatile substance, nitroglycerine.
When agitated, the substance rapidly changes from being relatively inert to highly explosive. If the substance remains undisturbed explosion can be avoided. There's much in life that can be agitating. Think of two people with very different temperaments or personality styles. One is usually calm, even-tempered, rarely anxious and mostly has positive self-esteem.
The second person, by contrast, approaches most things with apprehension and doubt and often feels that stress undermines his or her capacity to think clearly and make good decisions. These are people who approach life quite differently. Imagine these two people both experience the same difficult and challenging day. While their external stress may be comparable, these individuals' capacity to manage their day is quite different. For the one with anxiety and deficient self-soothing, their fearfulness and difficulty remaining calm are stressors in and of themselves.
In other words, the psyche of the individual absolutely plays a significant role in how the day is experienced. The notion that circumstance or other people make us feel anyway in particular is inaccurate. Life comes at us, but our response is our own creation. It's more the opposite: serious, in-depth, transformative psychotherapy is hard work.
Facing unresolved personal issues is something we typically avoid rather than meet head on because the process often involves a fair amount of emotional pain. Living with bipolar disorder is never easy. In fact, if your symptoms are generally on the more severe end of the bipolar continuum, then much of what I'm conveying about psychotherapy and bipolar symptom management may simply not be relevant. But if you're one of the many individuals with bipolar disorder whose symptoms do allow you to maintain reasonably effective functioning, then with effort, you can absolutely look towards improvement.
You can ask yourself what are the internal elements of stress that you bring to the table and how might you be able to modify or soften their maladaptive influences. Russ Federman, Ph. I once was calm, albeit somewhat prone to depression.
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I was not particularly vulnerable to triggers. When I was about 35, that all went out the window. Now I find the only way to manage my extreme irritability is to avoid triggers when I am vulnerable, and my unemployable life is full of potential triggers. I put off computer upgrades so long that the next upgrade is ready before I am for the last one. I tolerate the constant aggravation of computer problems for weeks because I know I'll start screaming at the poor customer service rep.
I am fortunate in that I've avoided psychosis.
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But it isn't much of a life. If you are refering to the fellow who insists bipolar disorder is no disorder at all but an opportunity, I think he demonstrates his point aptly; I think he's an opportunist who's taken a bizarre proposition as his key to fame. There might be a useful nugget buried in all that I have no patience for such blatent narcissism.
There is actually a very effective and total cure that works for many people diagnosed for bipolar disorder: get a second opinion and a new diagnosis. Bipolar disorder is massively overdiagnosed and overtreated. As a psychologist, I cannot count the number of times I have encountered a patient who was incorrectly labeled as bipolar because they had an episode of irritibility or intense energy that was misread as mania.
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Sometimes these folks are on heavy medications for years for no good reason. Many of those with bipolar "get better" because they never should have been given the diagnosis in the first place. Having been bipolar for many years, having grown up in a family that suffered two suicides and a murder as well as many years of hospitalization for severe bipolar episodes, I am very happy to say that not only have I found a complete cure for bipolar, it also cost me no more than the good food that I eat and the healthy lifestyle I now lead.
In case you, any of your readers or colleagues are interested, the cure also required no drugs. However, if anyone is really interested in the cure, the essence of it is following the bio-balance diet and eating only organic food using food combining principles.
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I so agree with you David! There are so many articles and Drs that say there is no cure for things and bi-polar does not just show up overnight. Was diagnosed with it when had a "random" manic episode at age I have a sister who is very manic, and does have bi-polar and a long list of other mental disorders in tow. Just because my sister is, doesn't make me. Mine was brought on by medicine Flonase and Lidocaine.
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They tried to give me the usual concoction of meds they give to calm people and it kept me in the mania and did not sleep for over 7 days straight. They litterly make me and kept me crazy and tried to keep me on them longer because I was a mess on them. Thankfully my husband was my advocate and a previous drug user and helped me come off them.
He knew it was the meds keeping me in that state. They rather me take the nasty meds that make me foggy and can't think straight than to actually test for another possibility. Too rare for the episode to happen because of it they say. Amazing results came from the "quacks". Found long use of gluten affects my sleep and mood. Diet and lifestyle change help and I have been on a two year journey of emotional and spiritual recovery and finding and looking to have better overall health and weight.
Had a second break again after a dentist visit Not a coincidence Not crazy.. A pill may be necessary for sum to be able to address an issue But it can be temporary if you want to get better, you can. I will never believe otherwise again. Is a lot of information online regarding dietary recommendations for those with bipolar disorder.
Here is one link:. Over the last couple of years I have been seeing increasing numbers of news articles referencing advances with MRI's and CAT scans in relation to bipolar disorder diagnosis. I think we are still far from this being used as a standard part of assessment for bipolar disorder, But there's always hope that more biologically-based assessments with strong reliability and validity will become standard fare, once things reach the level of receiving FDA approval.
Im bipolar and believe me why would anyone want this. It is not an illness to take lightly. It takes years to diagnose, it was 24 years for me. I know the psychs dont ever take it lightly and no one is just diagnosed on a whim. I was a nurse and bipolar ruined my career. It is the most dibilitating of all diagnosis. I have a good gp and mental health team but unless you live with this you cant even understand how horrible this condition is.
Omeone was saying try natural remedies, i wouldnt even chance it. Medication whatever the side effect are paramount in the coping and daily living with bipolar disease. I was cured with lithium from an episode when I was My mom Slowly lowered my anti depressants and my lithium amounts over a few weeks.
I was young too going through a lot in adolescence then too which this article states happens.