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Keeping the Stress Level Down

May 6, 2008
Bipolar is a mental illness where a patient suffering from it jumps back and forth - from extreme happiness to intense sadness, often, at random and without warning. These mood jumps happen regularly on a daily basis.

This mental disorder is a very serious condition where a patient must undergo treatment as soon as possible. The worst thing that can happen to a bipolar patient is to commit suicide. Documented cases of bipolar-related suicides show that those people were in the early stages of the illness when they committed suicide. It directly implies the immediate need of treatment.

There are many possible ways to treat this condition. It can be treated either through medication or through psychotherapy. In some extreme cases, the combination of both methods of treatments are used on a patient.

Other options include anticonvulsants and other drugs such as olanzapine, aripriprazole and modafinil, among others. These drugs have been found to help with the illness without the side-effects of the lithium. DO not expect them to be as effective at healing the disorder as the lithium though.

Another possible option is psychotherapy. Since the problem with bipolar disorder is mental, a good psychologist may be able to help. In many cases, along with the medication, mental stimulation with the help of a professional can prove effective as well.

Since the bipolar is a mental illness, medication is more effective when supplemented with psychotherapy. A combination of a good psychologist and medication significantly improves the condition of a bipolar patient.

In most cases, doctors recommend to their patients a change of lifestyle. Stress is the number one trigger for the sudden and extreme mood swings, so a change in lifestyle can greatly help reduce the amount of stress that the patient is exposed to.
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