How to Deal with Bipolar Symptoms
Many people all around the world face an illness that is better know as Bipolar Disorder. Some ask the question "What is Bipolar Disorder?" According to MayoClinic.com, bipolar disorder is "Manic depressive disorder that causes mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania." When the person is depressed, they tend to feel hopeless, no initiative or drive. It also causes them to feel alone or abandoned, low sex drive, irritable, and frustration.
Then go to feeling like their on top of the world, impulsive, high sex drive, substance abuse (for some cases), lost of appetite, decrease of sleep, quitting a job, racing thoughts going through the mind, increasing activities, and just to name a few. On Health Central, medical researchers and doctors did an article about the Prognosis of Bipolar Disorder. The Prognosis stated "Medical evidence has shown that patients with bipolar disorder have higher death rates from suicide, heart problems, and death from all causes than those in the general population." People who are beginning to feel that they have these mood shifts should see a doctor for an appointment immediately.
This illness a long term illness that majority of people live with from day to day. It is treatable. The goals for treatment is to reduce the episodes of mania or depression, reduce the frequency of episodes, avoid cycling from one phase to another, and help the patient function best as possible between the episodes. Experts also stated "That the best way to treat bipolar is through a disease management model, similar to those used for treating diabetes and asthma. Patients are to be treated by multi-disciplinary teams of psychiatrists and nurses." There medications that treat bipolar as well such as Lithium, Seroquel XR, and Depakote.Lithium is defined as "One of the standard mood stabilizer drugs for bipolar disorder." It has been proven that Lithium is effective in 60-80% of all hypomanic and manic episodes. Studys shows that it help avoid relapses, pyschosocial functioning, and it help reduce the risk of suicide. Seroquel XR is defined "A bipolar disorder medication approved to treat three of the episodes of bipolar disorder mania (highs), mixed (highs and lows), and depression (lows). Seroquel was approved by the FDA and has been proven to be treatable for bipolar depression. According to the FDA, Seroquel XR is "Approved for use in long-term maintenance of bipolar disorder when added to lithium or divalproex." AstraZeneca the makers of Seroquel, thinks that since bipolar disorder is caused my chemical unbalances in the brain, Seroquel XR "will help regulate the balance of certain chemicals in the brain which may help treat bipolar depression." Divalproex better known as depakote is defined as "Anticonvulsant (anti-seizure) medication used as a mood stabilizer in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Generic names are divalproex sodium, valproate and valproic acid.
Depakote is the coated form of Depakene. Coating is thought to decrease some of the gastrointestinal side effects. Approved by the FDA for the treatment of manic or mixed episodes without the psychotic features. It is also approved to treat migraines and epilepsy." According to the Bipolar Medications Library. There are also coping skills that will help reduce the highs and lows as well such as exercising, walking the dog, going for a jog, cooking, listening to music that has meaning with appropriate views such as classical, jazz, and etc. Taking deep breaths while enhaling and exhaling, volunteering, and meeting new people who will be supportive just to name a few will help a person who is dealing with bipolar disorder. If a person is facing or diagnosed with this illness, it is not the end of the road. A person still can live and enjoy a healthy life.