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Facts About Bipolar Disorder
What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a treatable medical illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy, and behavior. It is also known as manic-depression because a person’s mood can alternate between symptoms of mania and depression.

These changes in mood or “mood swings” can last for hours, days, weeks, or even months. Unlike people with clinical depression (the “lows”), most people who have bipolar disorder talk about experiencing “highs” and “lows.”

Abnormalities in brain biochemistry and in the structure and/or activity of certain brain circuits are responsible for the extreme shifts in mood, thought, energy, and functioning that characterize bipolar disorder.

A diagnosis of bipolar I disorder is made when a person has experienced at least one episode of severe mania; a diagnosis of bipolar II disorder is made when a person has experienced at least one hypomanic episode but has not met the criteria for a full manic episode. Cyclothymic disorder, a milder illness, is diagnosed when a person experiences, over the course of at least two years (one year for adolescents and children), numerous periods with hypomanic symptoms and numerous periods with depressive symptoms that are not severe enough to meet criteria for major manic or depressive episodes.

Bipolar disorder with rapid cycling is defined as four or more episodes of illness within a 12-month period. This form of the illness tends to be more resistant to treatment than non-rapid-cycling bipolar disorder.

Depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) are real,
treatable illnesses that affect the brain. They can’t be overcome by “snapping
out of it.” Asking someone to “think positive” is like asking someone
with diabetes to change his or her blood sugar level by thinking about it.

People with mood disorders can feel better with the right treatment.
Seeking treatment is a smart choice that takes strength. Mood disorders
are not flaws or weaknesses.

Seeking treatment means a person has the
courage to look for a way to feel better.

Talk therapy has been tested clinically and found to be effective.
In some cases it works as well as medication. Good talk therapy helps
change behaviors that can make a person’s moods less stable.

When properly prescribed and used, medications are not addictive and
do not change a person’s true personality. Medications help a person’s
mood become more stable and even. They are not “happy pills” and
should not be compared to street drugs. They do not cloud a person’s
judgment or give a false sense of courage.

When correctly diagnosed and treated, a person with depression or
bipolar disorder can live a stable and healthy life. Millions of people
already do.

Severe mood changes in young children or older adults should be taken
seriously. Recent studies have shown that children may be affected by
mood disorders as young as infancy. Older adults are also at a high risk
for depression.

Younger and older people should be given complete
physical examinations and treated according to their individual needs.

Research shows that people with mental illness do not commit significantly
more violent acts than people in the general population. However,
people with mental illness are twice as likely to be victims of violence.

People who have been treated for mood disorders can parent as well
as anyone else. They are also more likely to recognize symptoms, treat
their children early and understand their children’s struggles if their
children have mood disorders.

People with mood disorders can and do hold positions of authority
everywhere. When properly treated, a person’s mood disorder does
not have to affect job performance.

Suicide is a significant problem that needs to be addressed. Suicides
outnumber homicides in the U.S. They are the 11th leading cause of
death; homicide ranks 15th. Each year, over 30,000 people in the U.S.
take their own lives. More than 90% of these people are believed to
have had a diagnosable mental disorder

*For more: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance •

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Depression and bipolar disorder are just states of mind. A person just needs to
“think positive” and they will go away.

Treatment is a cop-out for people who are too weak to cope with day-to-day life.
Talk therapy is just whining about

It doesn’t help. Medications that treat mood disorders are habit-forming.

They can change a person’s personality. A person can’t be “clean and sober” while taking

People with mood disorders can’t get better.

Symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder in young children or elderly
adults are normal. They are just a part of growing up or growing old.

People with bipolar disorder or depression are dangerous.

People with depression or bipolar disorder should not have children.

People with depression or bipolar disorder are not stable enough to hold positions of authority in fields like law enforcement or government.

Suicide is not a problem in the United States. Only a small number of people take their own lives.
*For more information Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance •

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Lithium has been used for many years for treating mental illnesses like bipolar disorder. Although commonly called lithium, this element must actually be combined with another element or compound in order to be used by your body. In its carbonate form, it is available only through prescription. HOWEVER!!! other salt forms like aspartate and orotate are less potent and are available online or in health food stores. Talk to your doctor before trying any lithium product, as it can have potential side effects. Organic mineral, lithium is essential for life, states the Guyer Institute. It functions in your body much like magnesium or zinc, which are essential for a variety of biochemical processes. The site states that low levels of lithium may lead to fatigue and other types of chronic illness.

According to the Guyer Institute, lithium aspartate is available over the counter, and is a lower dose form of lithium carbonate. While lithium carbonate can contain approximately 100mg of elemental lithium, lithium aspartate typically only contains 5mg. At low doses of lithium, side effects are rare, and a person may still experience relief from fatigue and mood improvement. Few studies prove lithium aspartate’s effects, however. Despite the lack of clinical evidence, it is still available and recommended by physicians for specific symptoms.

Lithium orotate is a chelated form, first developed in 1945 by Dr. Hans Nieper in Germany. Orotic acid is a neutral amino acid (not an excitotoxin such as aspartic acid which you can also find chelated with lithium).

The disturbing thing is, lithium orotate was available when the FDA approved lithium for treatment of bipolar disorders (1952), but was ignored.

You can find lithium orotate very cheap at a number of online sources. I get my Vitamins on

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