Psychological revelation behin...

Folie à Famille translated ‘a folly of family’, the term talks about a shared psychotic disorder among a group of family members as opposed to shared between two people (folie à deux). This is a rare condition because of which effective treatments have not been well-established. However, last week we saw an incident in Delhi […]

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Are You Feeling Suicidal? How ...

Wanting to overcome suicidal thoughts? Firstly, the thought to overcome the suicidal thoughts itself is a sign of positivity. You may think feeling suicidal is a sign of permanent weakness and flew. Actually, it isn’t, feeling suicidal is just a temporary negative mindset that makes you experience intense sadness. During this intense episode majority of […]

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How to Help Someone with Drug ...

Want to help someone with Drug and Alcohol Addiction? A relative, a dear friend, a sibling, a co-worker? Early drug and alcohol abuse education is one of the best ways to start with. Everyone involved needs to be educated, from parents and educators to children and adults. Each needs to know the risks of altered […]

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Depression is an Illness, Not ...

For as long as health professionals can remember, our country has developed a negative stigma towards depression illness. People suffering from depression tend to suffer in silence, or not seek the appropriate treatment because of the shame associated with admitting they have a mental illness. Currently, people diagnosed with depression illness are viewed as broken, […]

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Psychosis: Symptoms, Causes, a...

A study estimated that 1 in 13 people may experience a psychotic episode. Are you aware of psychosis? If you aren’t aware of it, this blog helps you with the information on the risk of Psychosis: Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors. Psychosis? When an individual is out of touch with reality it is known as […]

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Depression Phase of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder treatmentBipolar Disorder is characterized by two extremely contrasting phases – Mania and Depression. A patient in depressive phase exhibits classic symptoms including sudden disinterest, insomnia loss of appetite and energy to even having suicidal thoughts.

Bipolar depression treatment involves prescribing approved antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs to alleviate symptoms without triggering a manic episode. However, long-term use of drugs has troublesome side effects on one’s physical body. Hence, one needs to undergo one of the following treatments along with medication to control the episodes of bipolar depression.

Neurofeedback – It is a sophisticated, non-invasive, and painless way to improve brain wave activity. Neurofeedback treatment involves measuring brain patterns with a special computer system via sensors placed on patient’s head and in-turn rewarding the brain for making healthier and stable patterns. Neurofeedback helps in

  • Stabilizing mood swings
  • Improving concentration
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Controlling anger
  • Reducing drug dependence

Biofeedback – The treatment involves attaching electrical sensors to body parts to monitor functions like heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tensions etc. The sensors translate the biofeedback into detectable signals like flashing light and sound to help control them with relaxation techniques. Biofeedback treatment helps in reducing anxiety and insomnia.

Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) – ECT is used to stabilize a patient suffering from extreme depression and not responding to medications. An electrical charge is sent through the electrodes placed on each side of the patient’s head. Modern ECT is safe and fastest way to relieve certain unwanted symptoms, especially suicidal tendencies.

Psychotherapy or ‘Talk Therapy’ – Psychotherapy encourages you to speak your mind and share feelings or discuss behavioural patterns that can cause personal and professional issues. Various therapies used to treat bipolar disorder are –

  • Behavioural Therapy – Aims at managing stress
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Helps in identify thinking patterns and control negative thoughts and mood swings
  • Interpersonal Therapy – Aims at improving relationships and reduce strain caused by the illness
  • Social Rhythm Therapy – Helps develop a predictable activity and sleeping schedule to reduce erratic behaviour

Mindfulness – Mindfulness therapy positively influences one’s emotional well-being by breaking negative thoughts and behaviour. It uses yoga, breathing exercises and meditation to counter depression, anxiety and frustration.

Bipolar disorder depression or mania requires a life-long treatment. But with various treatments available today, one can effectively manage the symptoms of the disorder to avoid disruption in their daily life and lead a balanced life.

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