Facts about Bipolar Disorder

The Facts About Bipolar Disorder * Stigma prove them wrong
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Bipolar Disorder is Genetic (Hereditary) – You are born with bipolar disorder; it is not your fault.

Chemical imbalance which includes the following chemicals:

Serotonin: A chemical produced by the brain that functions as a neurotransmitter. Low serotonin levels are associated with mood disorders, particularly depression.

Dopamine: Is a neurotransmitter (or chemical in the brain) that either increases or reduces the activity of neurons (nerve cells). Dopamine has a variety of influences on brain function, including playing a role in regulating attention, cognition, movement, pleasure, and hormonal processes. Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit disorder, and schizophrenia all involve abnormalities in the dopamine system.

Norepinephrine: Is both a hormone and a neurotransmitter. As a hormone, secreted by the adrenal gland, it works alongside epinephrine / adrenaline to give the body sudden energy in times of stress, known as the “fight or flight” response. As a neurotransmitter, it passes nerve impulses from one neuron to the next.

GABA Gamma-aminobutyric acid: Is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, meaning that it sends a signal to other cells that subdues them. This chemical messenger is known to aid in relaxation and sleep and regulate anxiety.

Acetylcholine: A key chemical in neurons (nerve cells) that acts as a neurotransmitter and carries information across the synaptic cleft, the space between two nerve cells.

Bipolar disorder is what you have, not who you are.

Bipolar disorder consists of two extreme episodes:
Mania and Depression
You must have cycles

There are three types of Bipolar disorder:
Bipolar: Manic and Depression
Bipolar 1: Mostly manic, little depression
Bipolar 2: Mostly depression, little manic

Mixed state and Rapid cycling are both a symptom of mania:
Mixed state: Feeling both manic and depressed at the same time
Rapid cycling: Movement from mania to depression several times a month, week, day

Five types of medication:
Anti psychotic, Mood stabilizer, Anti depressant, Anti anxiety, Sleep
A combination of medications, with correct doses, based on your type of bipolar disorder, and other personal variables, will lead to balance.

To achieve and maintain balance you must, take a combination of medications, journal, be self aware, and attend a educational group regularly.