Previously known as manic depression, bipolar is a disorder that affects both men and women equally. A bipolar sufferer has severe mood swings, going from periods of very good moods, to suddenly swinging into bad moods and depression.
The exact causes of bipolar are unknown but symptoms usually start to occur when a person is typically between the ages of 15 – 25.
According to PubMed Health, the symptoms of bipolar disorder include: excessive sleep, poor judgement, inability to control temper, a lack of self-control, becoming easily distracted, excessive spending, promiscuity, binging of food, drink or drugs, hyperactivity, racing thoughts and talking a lot.
Other symptoms of bipolar disorder include elevated self-esteem, excessive energy, loss of appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain, lack of self-esteem, sleep problems, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, lack of interest in activities once enjoyed, thoughts of suicide and death.
Bipolar disorder treatment is often through prescribed drugs, including ‘mood stabilizers’, antipsychotic and anti-anxiety drugs, as well as antidepressant medication. If a sufferer does not respond to such prescribed medication, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can also be used as a form of Bipolar disorder treatment.
Although with one in 45 adults in the United States suffering from bipolar disorder, many are turning to less invasive and non-drug related treatments, such as magnetic therapy.
The latest form of magnetic therapy for Bipolar disorder treatment is Transcrannial Magnetic Stimulation.
Using this technique, electrical energy is used to stimulate the cells in the brain, focussing particularly on the area of the brain that is known to produce ‘happy’ hormones. In stimulating the cells, moods can be regulated and lifted but without influencing any other parts of the brain or body.
It is recommended that Transcrannal Magnetic Stimulation is carried out for a minimum of two weeks, after which time improvements should be noticeable.
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