Bipolar Disorder

Definition of Bipolar Disorder:

A disorder is characterized by alternating periods of extreme moods, usually swinging from being overly elated or irritable (mania) to sad and hopeless (depression) and then back again, with periods of normal mood in between.  The frequency of the swings between these two states, and the duration of the mood, varies from person to person.

Also: Manic Depression, Manic-Depression, Manic-Depressive

Topics Related to Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, Manic-Depressive

...the condition
Manic-depressive illness, also called bipolar disorder, is a condition in which periods of depression alternate with periods of mania or lesser degrees of excitement...”
...our question about Frequency of bizarre/vivid dreams
“Those with bipolar disorder can experience very vivid dreams.”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Some doctors believe that a significant bipolar disorder will not respond sufficiently to alternative interventions alone.”
...recommendation EPA (eicosapentanoic acid)
“Several studies have shown that essential fatty acids may be beneficial in treating Bipolar Disorder.  The omega-3 metabolite responsible is believed to be EPA...”
...recommendation Lecithin / Choline
“A number of studies suggest that lecithin has significant effects on the manic-depressive, with some claiming that it stabilizes moods or serves as a mood depressant...”
...recommendation Lithium
“Lithium has been the first choice for years for the treatment of bipolar disorder, sold under the names Carbolith, Duralith, Eskalith, Lithane, Lithizine, and Lithobid...”
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Cluster Headaches

...recommendation Lithium
“...Lithium levels should be checked and kept within, or even slightly below, the therapeutic range for bipolar disorder, namely 0.5 to 1.5 milliequivalents per liter.”

DMAE a treatment
“...DMAE should not be used by epileptics or those with bipolar disorder (manic depression)...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Aside from its contribution to heart health, Omega-3 has many other health benefits, including ... It is used to help treat mental health issues such as bipolar disorder and anxiety...”

Fish Oils a treatment
“...According to one small study, fish oil may produce benefits in bipolar disorder (more commonly known as manic-depressive illness), reducing risk of relapse and improving emotional state...”

Lecithin / Choline a treatment
“...Phosphatidylcholine has been used in connection with the following conditions ... Alzheimer's disease, Bipolar disorder, Hepatitis, High cholesterol...”
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Lithium a treatment
“...Lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) has been used since the 1960s for treatment of those who suffer from the psychological disorder of manic depression or bipolar affective disorder...”

Low Melatonin Level

...the condition
“...Low melatonin levels are found in those with Seasonal Affective Disorder, and those with bipolar disorder have low melatonin levels at night and high levels in the morning – opposite to what it should be...”

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

...the condition
“...Examples of common co-occurring conditions are depression, substance use/dependence and bipolar disorder.  Trauma survivors may also experience headaches, chest pain, digestive or gynecological problems as well...”


...the condition
“...Types of psychosis include ... Manic-depression (bipolar disorder)...”


...relationship to Yeast / Candida Infection
“...Mental symptoms have included fatigue, inability to concentrate, depression, mood swings, anxiety, hyperactivity, delusions, "manic depression," psychosis, and suicidal or violent tendencies.”
...relationship to Hypoglycemia
“Numerous patients given psychiatric diagnoses have actually turned out to have hypoglycemia, including those classified with depression, manic-depressive disorder, and schizophrenia.”

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

...the condition
“...For comparison, this is about the same incidence as manic-depressive disorder.  It has been a common belief that there is an increase in prevalence of SAD with increasing latitude (further north, with longer winters)...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP a treatment
“...Tryptophan has an antidepressant effect and is particularly effective against manic depression and depression associated with menopause...”

Wilson's Disease

...the condition
“...Sometimes, copper toxicity to the brain is first noted as grossly inappropriate behavior, sudden deterioration of schoolwork, or, rarely, psychosis indistinguishable from schizophrenia or manic-depressive illness.  As copper moves from liver to brain, some of it always deposits in Descemet's membrane of the cornea, producing gold or greenish gold Kayser-Fleischer rings or crescents...”
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