A Little Info about Bipolar Disorder

Posted: 07/06/2012 in Compassion, Mental Health, Wellness
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A Little Info about Bipolar Disorder « bipolarmuse.

Bipolar Disorder is still not widely understood. How do we get it? Is it handed down? Spontaneous selection? It is well known that this disorder is one that can be handed down through our family. Approximately half the people who have bipolar disorder have a family member with a mood disorder. A person with ONE parent who has bipolar disorder has a 15-20% chance of having the condition. Twins have about a 25% chance of getting the condition whereas identical twins, in which one has the disorder, the other identical twin has a greater risk of developing the illness (about an eightfold greater risk than a nonidentical twins).  So this proves greatly that the disorder indeed “runs in the family” and is genetic.

“Another cause is Neurochemical.  Bipolar disorder is a biological disorder that occurs in a specific area of the brain and is due to the dysfunction of certain neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, in the brain. These chemicals may involve neurotransmitters like norepinephrine,serotonin and probably many others. As a biological disorder, it may lie dormant and be activated on its own or it may be triggered by external factors such as psychological stress and social circumstances.” ~ Psych Central

Environmental factors include life altering events that triggers the dormant bipolar illness. Hormonal changes, drug and alcohol abuse also contribute to an “episode” even if there is no biological factor.

Medication can trigger mania! This happened to me when the norm to treat bipolar was to prescribe antidepressant along with a mood stabilizer.

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