Causes and controls of bipolar disorder

BipolarCausesApproximately 5.7 million American adults suffer from some degree of bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness.

This affliction can be severe and life-changing, with drastic changes from mental lows to mental highs.

Aside from the gene factor, which has been known to science for years, there are multiple other factors that have more recently been discovered to increase or exacerbate the risk of bipolar conditions.

For instance, studies on twins having the exact same genes have shown that one twin can develop bipolar symptom—while the other does not.

Now it is thought that behind the development of bipolar, there is likely a mix of different factors, ranging from gene mutations to upbringing, habits, lifestyle, and simply personalities inclined to anxiety and other mental health issues.

One recent discovery, made possible by advanced technology, is that the very brain structure of people affected by the risk of  bipolar disorder is different from those who do not have it.

For example, a twin with the very same ‘risk’ brain structure may avoid or minimize the debilitating effects of bipolar by a different or more healthful and positive lifestyle.

The genes are not all.

Other conditions behind the development of serious bipolar disorder may be addiction to alcohol and/or drugs, including pharmaceutical drugs. Since they intensify emotions, they can make sadness and depression deeper, or manic moments more intense.

Experiences, personalities, and life conditions (which are unique and individual, regardless of whether you have a twin with the same genes) are likely to influence bipolar. Anxiety, depression, social phobia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can all contribute to the development of this affliction.

In fact, up to 39 percent of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder meet the criteria of PTSD.

Studies have also shown that children with attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are far more likely to develop bipolar disorder later.

Some medical professionals (and commercials) would have you believe that ONLY medications can help you manage bipolar disorder. Others say that sunshine, aerobic exercise and a vitamin and mineral-rich diet will help cure or at least manage whatever genetic influences may be part of your unique body.

You choose.

Sources: Medicaldaily.com, Webmd.com.

 

 

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