Guide To Bipolar Disorder Treatment.

Bipolar Disorder symptoms are as varied and complex

The symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are as varied and complex as they are for any other mental illness. The main thing to remember about the condition is that it involves episodes: manic episodes and depressive episodes. In a depressed episode, you may have low moods or feelings of sadness. You might lose pleasure in activities you once enjoyed. Or you might feel tired, have trouble concentrating, or experience changes in your sleep patterns (sleeping too much or not enough).

Manic episodes can last for hours or days. You may feel really happy during this time, talk very quickly, and be easily distracted by anything that piques your interest (say, trying to find someone on IMDB while telling a story). During a manic episode, your sleep patterns can also change drastically; you may not need much sleep at all and instead, stay up all night doing work tasks or playing video games.

Bipolar disorder is known for its severity: the symptoms are often very disruptive to a person’s life, even to people who have Bipolar Disorder themselves.

Some people have many symptoms

Most people with bipolar disorder have extreme symptoms of mania and depression, but some may only have a mild case. Then again, others will have moderate to severe cases of both. The symptoms of mania include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble sleeping

The symptoms of mania are the opposite:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Rapid speech patterns
  • Racing thoughts

Symptoms of mania or hypomania can be very disruptive, even to people who have Bipolar Disorder

In a nutshell: Bipolar Disorder is all about manic episodes, depressive episodes, and psychotic symptoms. People who have it either alternate between depression and mania or experience both at the same time (this is called “mixed mood”). Mania and hypomania are considered elevated moods, but they can be so disruptive that they’re anything but a good time.

Of course, during manic phases, you will feel great! Things will go your way! You’ll be bursting with energy! But there’s a problem when you start hallucinating and having delusions—not to mention the anger, anxiety, irritability, rapid speech, racing thoughts, excessive energy, and activity.

Manic episodes can last for hours or days

Manic episodes can last for hours or days. This means that the person having a manic episode may not be able to sleep for several days, which is called an “insomnia” episode, or they may be in a manic state for a week or more. They may not be able to eat during this time and they may also not be able to control their behavior.

They will get very irritable if they have to wait around and may become aggressive if someone tries to make them leave.

There are some things you can do to help yourself during an episode:

  • Try to get some sleep
  • Take some pain medication, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Take some anti-anxiety medications, such as clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), and valproate (Depakote)

Sometimes, people with Bipolar Disorder take sleeping pills or other drugs to help them sleep

Earlier in this article, we looked at some of the more impressive ways that doctors have tried to help people with Bipolar Disorder sleep better. One of these methods is the use of sleeping pills.

As many of you already know, sleeping pills are not a cure for Bipolar Disorder. They can help you sleep at night, but they also carry serious risks if used improperly.

In fact, your doctor may actually increase your risk of having an episode by giving you sleeping pills. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders carefully and never take more than prescribed.

Sleep can stop the cycle of mania and depression, but it can also make the episodes worse by increasing their intensity

Sleep is a key factor in mental health and the preservation of sanity.

Why, then, would anyone choose to mess with something so crucial?

The answer is: we wouldn’t. Most of us don’t even realize that sleep is the culprit; we just assume we’re going crazy. If you experience sleep deprivation for long enough, you might actually be on your way to crazy town—but there are ways to stop it before it gets bad. Here’s how:

  • Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of different mental health problems, including mania and depression, mood swings, irritability and anxiety, hallucinations, and delusions.
  • There’s no way around the fact that sleeping helps keep your sanity intact—which is why those of us who suffer from bipolar disorder are particularly vulnerable to its effects on our brains. In other words, if you’re suffering from sleep deprivation right now (which means not getting enough quality sleep), you may be at risk of developing these issues later in life or as soon as next week! So what can do about this cycle?

People with Bipolar Disorder have trouble controlling their behavior, but they should not be blamed for it

It is important to remember that people with bipolar disorder are not responsible for the control they have over their own behavior. There are lots of reasons why they may have trouble controlling it. For example, they may be having a manic episode and feel very excited. They may not be able to pay attention or think clearly.

Another reason may be related to substance abuse. The relationship between bipolar disorder and substance abuse is complex, but it is known that certain drugs act as triggers for mania or depression. It is also known that people with bipolar disorder often use substances in an attempt to “self-medicate.”

Whatever the reason, blaming someone with bipolar disorder for their lack of control over their behavior does more harm than good, especially since most people with bipolar disorder want to stop engaging in destructive behavior when they can’t control it.

Many people with Bipolar Disorder don’t realize they have the condition until they’ve been ill for a while

With its characteristic “highs” and “lows,” bipolar disorder can be tricky to spot. The hallmark symptoms of bipolar disorder—irritability, extreme mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, and difficulty sleeping—are often mistaken for signs of depression or anxiety.

Even when people with Bipolar Disorder are correctly diagnosed with the condition in a timely manner, they often experience up to 10 years of untreated illness before receiving treatment for the first time.

One reason that it’s so difficult to detect Bipolar Disorder is that its symptoms overlap with those of other psychiatric disorders. For instance, some people with Bipolar Disorder report having panic attacks during their manic episodes. Others may experience alternating depressive and manic periods without ever experiencing a true hypo-manic episode (a period where you’re less depressed than usual but not quite happy).

In addition to causing high levels of confusion among mental health professionals and patients alike, these overlapping symptoms make it challenging for researchers to determine which variables are truly relevant in predicting whether someone has Bipolar Disorder or another psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia.

Bipolar natural treatment

Diet and exercise

When people are on a diet, they’ll often lose weight but end up feeling worse, because their emotions become dysregulated. They feel deprived and irritable, which makes them even more likely to overeat and gain weight again. Exercise has been shown to reduce these symptoms by improving mood through positive endorphins release.

It’s best if you’re walking briskly or exercising at the gym so you get a full-body workout. If you run out of things to do at home and have some extra time in your schedule, it can be helpful to walk the dog or go for a quick walk outside when the weather is nice.

Otherwise, just take a stroll around the block whenever you can! But don’t overdo it; this isn’t an excuse to go running three times a day!

Omega-3 fats

Omega-3 fats, which are found in fish and fish oil, help to protect the brain. In addition, they play a key role in controlling inflammation and reducing your risk of depression. The best food sources of omega-3s include salmon, halibut, and other cold-water fish that swim deep in the ocean.

Some plant foods are also good sources of omega-3s, including chia seeds, walnuts, and hemp seeds. You should aim to get at least 1 gram a day from your diet or from supplements (take under the supervision of a doctor).

If you don’t eat fish regularly or you don’t like it at all then opt for a high-quality fish oil supplement instead (make sure to take it under the supervision of a doctor).

S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)

This compound helps regulate mood and maybe a natural treatment for depression. SAMe can also be used to treat osteoarthritis, liver disease, fibromyalgia, and depression associated with bipolar disorder.

SAMe has been found to work as well as some antidepressants that are commonly prescribed for depression.

Research on the safety and effectiveness of SAMe for treating depression is still being completed. However, it appears to be safe and effective in treating depression.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)

Next up, n-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is the precursor to glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant—so it may be no surprise that it’s effective at reducing oxidative stress. Additionally, NAC has been shown to improve symptoms of bipolar disorder in several studies. It’s thought that there could be a link between bipolar disorder and reduced levels of glutathione in the brain.

In one meta-analysis of research on NAC for bipolar depression, seven randomized controlled trials were reviewed, with a total of 239 participants. In all but one trial, NAC was found to improve depressive symptoms more than placebo. The other trial showed better results for lithium alone compared to lithium plus NAC.

NAC is extremely safe and well-tolerated, and it doesn’t appear to cause any side effects when used long-term for up to 24 months at doses up to 3 grams per day.

It can interact with some medications such as warfarin (Coumadin). Because of this interaction, I don’t generally recommend taking NAC if you take warfarin or other blood thinners without speaking with your doctor first.

Rhodiola

Rhodiola Rosea, also known as Arctic root or golden root, is an herb from Scandinavia and Russia that has been traditionally used for centuries to treat depression. Rhodiola helps to normalize a group of neurotransmitters in the brain that are known as monoamines. These neurotransmitters are responsible for regulating mood, so it is thought that this plant can help to stabilize bipolar disorder.

It should be noted that many people who take Rhodiola (as well as other herbal remedies) will find that it works just fine alongside their traditional medication regimen. There is always a chance of interaction with any drug, however, so if you plan to add Rhodiola to your treatment regime, please consult with your doctor first.

Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is essential for good health, and it can be hard to get enough from food. Supplements can help. Vitamin D helps with depression and anxiety, so make sure you’re getting enough of it!

There are natural remedies for bipolar treatment that do not involve medication.

The best remedies for bipolar depression are natural because they do not require a prescription or the use of drugs. Since bipolar disorder is a life-long illness, these remedies should be sustainable and effective. Natural remedies also allow you to save money and avoid the harsh, long-term side effects of medication.

Many people choose to take the medication in addition to natural treatments. Those who have chosen natural treatment options found that their prescription medications only masked their symptoms and did not treat the underlying cause of their condition.

As a result, people who follow natural treatment plans tend to experience longer periods of emotional stability as opposed to returning quickly back into depressive episodes when they stop taking medication.

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