What Is Bipolar Disorder?
The extreme fluctuation of moods is the best way to describe Bipolar Disorder. First you may be on one end of the emotional spectrum when you are incredibly depressed and having feelings of despair. Then you may have periods of extreme elation or mania when you feel like you can do anything. Each period may last days or weeks, making you feel as if you are on a constant emotional roller coaster.
Bipolar Disorder, also called manic depression, is an extreme fluctuation of emotions that can leave a person feeling unbalanced and unsure of where the middle ground actually lies. The alternation between mania and depression are often so extreme it can lead to suicidal thoughts, isolation, and the inability to function in a normal way. Each person that is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder experiences different states of elevated emotions.
Some may enter into hypomania which is a more mild form of the mania part of Bipolar Disorder, while others may go to extremes of buying houses and staying awake for days at a time. This is when irrational thoughts start to enter the brain, along with restlessness, agitation, and even violent anger. However, when one is up that high, there is nowhere to go but down. After these mania stages the person often feels so depressed that they can’t get out of bed for weeks, and are unable to speak to anyone. They then may have thoughts of suicide and taking away all of the pain that they feel at that moment.
The causes of Bipolar Disorder are not fully known, but there are treatments for this debilitating disorder. Doctors know that the neurotransmitters that regulate mood are out of balance, and to put them back into balance they often offer prescription medications such as Lithium, Lamictal which is a mood regulator, Risperdal which is an anti-psychotic, as well as various other drugs. The problem with this type of treatment is that they all have severe side effects that can cause Diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and others. Before you decide on this course of treatment, it is wise to take a look at more natural remedies.
The one thing that is constant is that there should be some sort of psychotherapy put into place along with natural medicine. They help to look at what triggers your bipolar episodes so that you can help to avoid it. With psychotherapy, you can try a more natural approach such as calming herbs such as lavender and Passiflora Incarnata. Other herbal remedies include Biochemic Tissue Salts, Kalium Phosphate, and Natrium Phosphate. They all have a calming effect on the nervous system which allows for less mood swings. Even homeopathic remedies such as Hyoscyamus and Tarentual help very well, even with the use of traditional medications.
Although Bipolar Disorder cannot be cured, there is something to be said about using herbal medicine and herbal remedies instead of, or with, traditional medication in order to bring your brain back in harmony with your nervous system.