Just because your doctor prescribes it does not necessarily mean it is safe for you to take. Many popular prescription drugs, it turns out, come with the potential for serious side effects, including everything from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease — or worse. Continue reading →
Abnormalities in your immune system—such as allergies and autoimmune diseases—are a common outcome of Gut and Physiology Syndrome (GAPS), as about 85 percent of your immune system is located in your gut wall
Obesity is common among patients with mental illness, occurring in up to 60% of patients with bipolar disorder, 70% of patients with schizophrenia, and 55% of patients with depression. A review by Taylor and colleagues in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry analyzes why mental illness is associated with higher rates of obesity. Continue reading →
To many, the weeks following the December holidays can be a little depressing. This is a mental state that can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. For most, this brief bout with the blues will pass. But for those with bipolar disorder, the roller coaster of emotions, running the gamut from depression to heightened anxiety, can be a weekly challenge. Continue reading →
New research suggests that between 4 and 6 percent of the population have bipolar disorder.
Many people, children and adults alike, love to go to amusement parks and ride on roller-coasters and other fast rides. These rides can scare the living daylights out of some, as they go through their bolting ups and downs, and even sometimes turning the rider upside down as they whip along their way. Riders describe an exhilarating adrenalin rush that is combined with accompanying anxiety, panic, and all-out fear as they go through the experience. Once the ride is over and one’s adrenalin lift comes back to normal, equilibrium sets back in, the highs and lows of this experience subside Continue reading →
A look at how omega-3 fatty acids influence depression, with a flurry of evidence concerning how they may treat major depression and depressive symptoms in bipolar disorders.
Nine double-blind controlled studies were found on how effective omega-3s can be for depressed patients, including those with bipolar disorder. Let’s take a look:
1999: A 16-week study of 30 bipolar patients used 6.2 grams (g) of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus 3.4 g of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — both are fish oil — and tested it versus placebo (olive oil). Patients were also taking antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or mood stabilizers. The omega-3 fatty acid group had a longer remission period than placebo group did. The omega-3 group did better than placebo group in all measures of depression.
2002: A one-month study looked at 20 patients with major depression. It compared 2.0 g of EPA to placebo Continue reading →
Bipolar I Disorder is also known as Bipolar 1 or Bipolar Type 1. According to the definition outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), Bipolar I Disorder, considered the most severe form of this mental illness, is “characterized by one or more Manic or Mixed Episodes, usually accompanied by Major Depressive Episodes.”
In a major manic episode of Bipolar I Disorder the patient may become delusional and even suffer from hallucinations, which are symptoms of psychosis. If this occurs, the condition is called bipolar I with psychotic features. Only bipolar I disorder, by definition, can include such psychotic features. Bipolar I can seriously impair day-to-day functioning.
Other symptoms and characteristics of mania include:
* Decreased need for sleep
* Pressured speech
* Racing thoughts
* Tendency to engage in behavior that could have serious consequences, such as spending recklessly or inappropriate sexual encounters
* Excess energy
Symptoms and characteristics of major depression in Bipolar I Disorder include: