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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for depression. Unlike any other psychotherapy CBT is short term (time limited) and treatment focused. Problem behaviors and thinking are identified, prioritized, and are addressed.   People with depression commonly have a strong negative belief about:   Self: People who are experiencing depression generally has an unfavorable […]

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Drug Addiction Rehabilitation ...

Drug addiction is one of the hard life sufferings for the drug addicts and also for the ones around them. No doubt, it is a tough situation to see your loved one abusing drugs badly and at times you may feel helpless too. But it is never impossible to help them get out of it. […]

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Effects of Drug Addiction

A number of reasons spike when you question as to why people get addicted to the Drugs. Some of them simply use it to see what it feels like while others take it to come out of their depression and stress problems. No matter what is the reason, the use of drugs can eventually lead […]

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Bipolar Disorder in Children

Is your child suddenly bursting with energy and active than other kids their age? Does your child suddenly feel depressed and have no interest in anything at all? Do other people say your child is too excited or too moody? Does he or she talk really fast about a lot of different things or talk nothing […]

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My Drug Addiction Stories

Am Mohan (name changed), I have been a cannabis user for the past 10 years. This is my story on how I got my life back to the normal track, what made me become an addict and what helped me recover. Am going to share my experience with all the readers. Want to see my […]

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Early diagnosis helps cure bipolar disorder

bipolar disorder blog image-01The life is anything but constant. So is our mental makeup. Sometimes we are happy and at other times we are sad. All these are normal manifestation of our active and reactive human nature. But any abnormal, extreme swings in mood, activities and energy levels could be early signs of bipolar disorder.

Damages brain!

Thankfully, we now have cure processes that can track-down the disorder that is known to damage the brain. But by and large it is a long and difficult process of diagnosis of the ailment and then its treatment that can help the people with illness lead complete, productive lives.

Research finding

  • Some scientific research have attributed the bipolar disorder to genetic anomalies.
  • Scientists have identified culprit genes – Dysbindin, Neuregulin and G72 genes – behind the ailment.
  • Scientists believe that there could be around 50 to 100 genes responsible for bipolar disorder in a person.
  • The disease causes serious damage to brain if it is not treated at an early stage.

Suicidal tendency

One of the extreme symptoms of bipolar disorder can be the tendency to commit suicide. Leave aside the question of cure, the initial extreme symptoms could be emotionally wracking and socio-psychologically damaging to the victim.

Symptoms

  • Symptoms of bipolar disorder may vary from person to person.
  • In some people it manifests as psychotic episodes of illness lasting weeks or months with full remission of their symptoms between each episode.
  • In others symptoms manifest continuously but with intense rise and fall.
  • A single psychotic episode of bipolar disorder is followed by complete recovery.
  • In other case disorder never shows any sign of abating its debilitating effects continue.

Other symptoms

  • Extreme swings in behavior can be the cause of damaged relationships, and very poor showing at the schools or at the workplace.
  • In most of the cases the disorder surfaces in the early phase of the adulthood, in the age bracket of 15-25 years.
  • In case of women symptoms appear late in the age bracket of 25-30.
  • However, bipolar disease under 10 years and over 10 years of age is unheard of.

A global problem

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored report on ‘The global burden of disease: a comprehensive assessment of mortality and disability from diseases, injuries, and risk factors in 1990 and projected to 2020,’ bipolar disorder ranks among the world’s top ten cases of disability in the developed nations. At any given point of time as many as 51 million people across the globe suffer from the disorder, says the WHO report.

Treatment

  • A complete cure for the disorder is a far cry from being a reality.
  • If properly treated with antipsychotic medications and psycho-social therapy then the rate of successful treatment can be as high as 60%.
  • Early intervention and medication help in better recovery. Early diagnosis and stabilization of disorder help treatment process.

Time to act!

No doubt bipolar disorder today has emerged as one of the serious mental illnesses afflicting the global population, including India. What is even more disturbing is that teens with bipolar disorder have a 50% risk of attempted suicide. In rare cases even five years old children can also develop bipolar disorder. There is an urgent need to address the problem on a war footing!

 

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