Borderline Personality Disorde...

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental health issue manifest by continuous unsteadiness in moods, behaviour, functioning and self-image. These experiences frequently result in unstable relationships and impulsive action. An individual with BPD may meet extreme scenes of anger, misery, and uneasiness that may last from just a couple of hours to days. Borderline […]

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Substance Abuse Statistics

Substance abuse means to the harmful or unsafe use of psychoactive substances, including illicit drugs and alcohol. Psychoactive substance use can prompt to dependence disorder; a group of behavioural, physiological, cognitive phenomenon that create after frequent substance use and that normally incorporate a powerful urge to take the drug, challenges in controlling its use, holding […]

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Borderline Personality Disorde...

Borderline personality disorder or BPD is mostly known to occur among women and rarely seen in men. It is a disorder that characterizes high emotionality, sensitivity and unstable patterns of relationships. Men express BPD symptoms differently from women, this is one of the reasons it gets misunderstood. It has been suggested by studies that women […]

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Substance Abuse Disorder

Substance abuse disorder is when an individual engages in a harmful intake of a substance or drug, affecting various areas of life. Due to the substance abuse the individual fails to function effectively in their personal, professional and social areas of life. Identifying the symptoms at an early stage can enable a quicker recovery. Here […]

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Borderline Personality Disorde...

Do you have someone in your life who, most of the time, have terrible mood fluctuations, multiple unstable relationships, always feel empty and impulsive? Are these affecting their personal and professional life? You may consider seeking a professional opinion as these are primary symptoms of borderline personality disorder or BPD. Here are few questions that […]

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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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