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Bipolar Disorder

Written by: Editorial Staff.

Dr. Charles Sophy explains the symptoms of Bipolar disorder and discusses treatment options for Bipolar. Dr. Sophy defines Bipolar Disorder as a psychiatric condition diagnosed over a period of time with certain criteria set by the American Psychiatric Association.

Two Poles Of Mood

Dr. Sophy explains that Bipolar Disorder is when a person has two poles of mood, the manic pole and the depressed pole. Most people live between these two poles; someone suffering from Bipolar Disorder jumps between the extremes of the poles, struggling to find balance and live in between.

Causes Of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder can be caused by several factors, including

  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • A past with trauma

Bipolar in the brain is caused by a shift in brain chemicals, making them respond and act faster than usual.

Types Of Bipolar Disorder

There are two different kinds of Bipolar Disorder; Bipolar I and Bipolar II, the difference being in the number of cycles the patient’s brain makes in a set amount of time.

Treatment For Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Sophy describes the different kinds of treatment for Bipolar Disorder, such as:

  • Meditation
  • Individual therapy
  • Acupuncture

Some disorders masquerade Bipolar and are often confused with being bipolar disorder, such as depression and ADHD. This is why Dr. Sophy believes it is important to monitor a patient over a period of time and learn about their past before diagnosing.

Quality Life For Bipolar Patient

The quality of life that a bipolar patient can expect is dependent upon the connection and commitment towards the treatment. The patient who is more committed and consistent with treatment enjoys a better quality of life. Staying connected with medical intervention also helps to maintain balance in the life of bipolar patients.

However, patients who are not committed and consistent with treatment might find it challenging to maintain balance in life. The more balanced the brain responses to the treatment and medical interventions, the steadier life will be for bipolar patients.