About Bipolar Disorder

Also known as manic-depressive illness, [Bipolar disorder] is a mental health condition that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Unlike severe depression, those who suffer from Bipolar disorder cycle through episodes of manic behavior, where they are extremely energized and happy, into periods of depression and sadness.

 

Bipolar Disorder is divided into three categories. Those who are diagnosed with Bipolar I can go for long periods of time being extremely happy and “up”, followed by periods of depression. They can also have mixed episodes. Bipolar II is defined by patterns of depressive episodes with less manic events than seen in the first type disorder.

 

The third category of Bipolar disorder is called Cyclothymic disorder. Interestingly, people with this condition don’t have extreme highs or lows, but experience numerous symptoms of hypomanic and depressive episodes cycling repeatedly for at least 2 years.

 

What Causes Bipolar Disorder

 

While the condition has been thoroughly studied, as with most mental health problems, scientists don’t agree on exactly what causes Bipolar disorder. Doctors disagree on the idea that the illness is genetically inherited, or that it’s driven by neurobiology.

 

While studies in identical twins show that the disorder is partially biogenetically based, there is a significant psychological influence in the pathological processes that lead to developing a Bipolar disorder. Genetic predisposition may increase the risk of developing the disorder but does not give proof of causation.

 

Normal Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

 

NIMH statistics cite about 2.6% of U.S. adults are affected by the disorder, or roughly 5.7 million people. The condition often results in a multitude of other mental health problems like anxiety, headaches, and depression. Scientists haven’t been able to differentiate Bipolar disorder from Major Depression Disorder, biologically speaking. Thus, similar medications are prescribed for both, in addition to other antianxiety medications.   

 

Mood stabilizers such as lithium and anticonvulsants are the standard-of-care for acute and long-term treatment of BD. In a systematic review of adverse effects caused by the most common drugs used to treat BD researchers found that these medications are detrimental to nearly the entire body and brain.

 

Mental cognition and skin health are included in the long list of adverse effects. Endocrine, gastrointestinal, immunological, metabolic, nephrogenic, neurologic, sexual, and teratogenic systems also show damage from BD medications.

 

There is an alarming amount of misinformation circulating about Lithium and BD, mostly due to industry-funded studies that suggest Lithium isn’t as harmful as made out to be by counterpoint studies. Under the right conditions, dosage, and funding, any substance has the potential to be a toxin or medicine.

 

A scientific review of the adverse side effects of Lithium just last year concluded that it causes [polyuria], thirst, nausea, tremors, and sexual dysfunction in most who take it. Cognitive dulling or impairment and weight gain are listed, but even more alarming is the toxic effect on kidneys, and the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Significant portions of people who use Lithium regularly are at high risk for kidney failure.

 

How Medical Marijuana Can Help Bipolar Disorder

An ancient medicine, marijuana’s medicinal compounds alter brain and body systems and homeostatic functions. Individuals with high risks for mental health disorders should consult with a physician before using medical marijuana.

 

As medical marijuana laws change, the scientific community is compelled to answer significant questions about the efficacy of cannabis recommendations in treating mental health conditions such as BD. [THC], and other [phytocannabinoids], play a unique role in modifying psychological and physiological states. While cannabis is a safe substance, symptoms of paranoia and anxiety have been associated with high doses of THC. However, in smaller doses, it’s also been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression.

 

CBD can actually counter THC’s psychoactive effects and has an incredible power to relieve symptoms of inflammation, depression, and anxiety. Cannabis strains that have both high levels of THC and CBD are considered to have a high medicinal value. They are able to treat pain and inflammation in the body and help millions of people find relief from symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Marijuana will affect individuals uniquely. Consult with a professional about using cannabis. Find linked below a list of strains reported to help others with bipolar disorder.

 

·   [[1024]]

·   [[24K Gold]]

·   [[303-G]]

·   [[A-Dub]]

·   [[ACDC]]

·   [[Ace Berry]]

·   [[Aceh]]

·   [[Afghan Big Bud]]

·   [[Afghan Bull Rider]]

·   [[Afghan Haze]]

·   [[Afgoo]]

·   [[African Tangle]]

·   [[Afwreck]]

·   [[Agent Orange]]

·   [[AK-47]]

·   [[Alaskan Ice]]

·   [[Alaskan Thunder Fuck]]

·   [[Albino Kush]]

·   [[Afghani Bull Rider]]

·   [[Afgooey]]

 

Sources:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

Diamond, Stephan A. Ph.D. 2012. Psychology Today

Murru, A., Popovic, D., Pacchiarotti, I. et al. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2015) 17: 66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-015-0603-z

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Masood A. Khan, Sailaja Akella

Psychiatry (Edgmont) 2009 Dec; 6(12): 44–48.  Published online 2009 Dec.

Elizabeth Tyler, Steven Jones, Nancy Black, Lesley-Anne Carter, Christine Barrowclough

PLoS One. 2015; 10(3): e0118916.  Published online 2015 Mar 4. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118916

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