The Allure of Mania

Unfortunately, many individuals suffering with bipolar disorder are seduced by the allure of mania and its supposed benefits: boundless energy, inflated self esteem, and heightened creativity.  It sounds enticing, doesnt it?  In fact, many individuals with this debilitating illness are willing to refrain from taking their medications to experience these elevated moods and feelings of grandiosity.  Not only is this dangerous but its an illusion.  For example, innovative ideas that take on such a realistic appearance during a manic episode are often met without a specific and detailed strategy for its realization.  Achieved energy is never sustainable and causes physical disruption, called mania, and thus offsetting the balance of the body.  Its equivalent to a sprinter racing in a marathon and expecting to maintain an unsustainable pace in order to achieve victory.  Early on, the sprinter may take the lead; however, this is merely false confidence.  Eventually, the pace lessens, leaving the runner without the requisite energy to complete the race.  As so often happens, the runner is left exhausted and frustrated and can only watch as the competition steadily passes by.  This is symbolic of the manic experience.

Many individuals are attached to these feelings of mania and try vainly to defend it with a theory of false control, believing that calculated management serves as some type of advantage or edge for functionality and creativity.  I can relate and appreciate this viewpoint, as my own personal experience with mania was reduced to only rapid and creative thoughts coupled with bursts of energy, causing me to effectively embrace this concept. As a result of being spiritually fit and cognizant of the symptoms of mania, my behavior during manic episodes was controlled, showing no visible or detrimental effects, and thus confirming this philosophy.  Until the mania ended, my perspective on this critical aspect of bipolar disorder was completely inverted.  When mania ends, the onset of depression begins.  A surge of excitatory neurotransmitters (dopamine, epinephrine) occurs during mania, creating a damaging and strenuous effect on the body.  Not only is one depleted of these specific neurotransmitters which are necessary for energy and “flight or fight” response, but the body is also flooded with cortisol, which ultimately disrupts hormonal balance.  These manic episodes, even when controlled, have the potential to create whats called an adrenal gland burnout”, and is derived from the overproduction of epinephrine (adrenaline).  Regardless of the outcome, these results are arbitrary, artificial, and illogical.  The true lesson gleaned from these experiences is that when one’s body is fiercely thrown out of balance, it is never positive or should ever be viewed as a beneficial experience.

What is the remedy to the intoxicating effects caused by a manic episode?  A true understanding of the body and mind will allow for sustained energy and creativity – accessible at will – without the adverse affects of mania.  This is possible – as both my clients and I are consistently experiencing this realm of consciousness.  By regulating ones excitatory neurotransmitter flow with the proper amino acid/vitamin/mineral protocol and properly removing the detrimental substances (toxins, emotions, people) from one’s life, we can achieve this heightened state of awareness.  This can create a true advantage for the individual with bipolar disorder. Keep the creativity, lose the mania!

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What Is Bipolar Retrospective?
Bipolar Retrospective is the bipolar blog I always wanted to read; it’s a blog containing practical lessons that I’ve learned over the last fifteen years. Bipolar Retrospective is built on personal reflection of my quest for a more stable life. Eventually, I’d like to include lessons learned from others who live with bipolar disorder successfully and the people who are close to them.

I figure if you are like me, you’re reading this blog because every site you can find seems to have the goal to provide information about bipolar, but they all say the same thing. Although this is certainly needed, there is point when you just need something more. On the other hand, there are many fabulous blogs by people living with bipolar disorder that tell their personal stories. But that isn’t what Bipolar Retrospective is about.

Bipolar Retrospective is about helping bipolar patients and their loved ones live a little easier by knowing there are others who have walked in their shoes who are surviving and thriving. I hope reading Bipolar Retrospective will be like listening to the advice and wisdom of an experienced close friend. This blog is designed for you, the reader, and the information and practical advice you have been searching for.

Who is Bipolar Retrospective For?
Bipolar Retrospective is written for those living with bipolar disorder, their friends, significant others and families. While I don’t expect you to know everything, there is an assumption that you know the bipolar basics. For those of you who are seeking basic information on bipolar disorder, I will work on a list of running links. While other readers are welcome, if you are reading Bipolar Retrospective, then I assume that you fall into one of the following groups:

  • Adolescents, teens, or young adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder
  • Parents of children with bipolar disorder
  • Close friends of people who are bipolar
  • Spouses and significant others of people with bipolar disorder
  • Bipolar “newbies” aka people who were recently diagnosed
  • Patients looking for ways to improve the quality of their lives

What Isn’t on Bipolar Retrospective?
You won’t find your textbook definitions here. You also won’t find any “Am I bipolar?” quizzes. If you’re here, you probably already have bipolar disorder or care about someone who does. You know what depression, mania, hypo-mania, and mixed episodes are. I hope you haven’t experienced psychosis personally, but it’s probably a good idea to know what that is too. However, just because the basic info isn’t here, does not mean that bipolar beginners can’t find useful info too. Feel free to look around!

What Can You Find on Bipolar Retrospective?
Bipolar Retrospective hopes to answer the following questions:

  • How do I live with bipolar disorder successfully?
  • Do I have to lower my expectations if I have bipolar disorder?
  • Do coping skills matter?
  • How do I know that I have the right doc?
  • What do I do if the meds aren’t working?
  • OMG! My spouse/signifcant other rang up $10K in credit card debt when he/she was manic! Help!?
  • He/She’s the one with bipolar. I’m just the friend/spouse/signficant other. I don’t have to do anything, right?
  • How do I find the doc that can help me best?
  • I’ve seen ___ different therapist. I don’t like any of them. Therapy’s not for me, right?
  • I’m just trying to protect my child from getting hurt. How can that hurt him/her?
  • How do I build a support system?
  • My job is stressing me out. When should I call it quits?
  • How do I identify triggers?
  • I have a dual diagnosis. Does that make me different?
  • How can I be bipolar on a budget?
  • I’m bipolar, so I’m super self aware. How could I fall for traps?
  • Should I bother reading the latest bipolar memoir?
  • What’s the latest research? How can it change my life?
  • My doc says I could do __________ besides meds. Will it really help? Reviews from experience.
  • What do I need to know before I go inpatient?
  • I’ve worked here forever. My jobs safe even if I get sick, right?
  • What can I do to stop stigma?
  • How do I deal with teachers that won’t help my child?
  • How do I ask for help? (From teen perspectives)
  • But I want to be a teen! Why do I have to be different?
  • Are there any positives to having bipolar disorder?
  • How do I let my teacher know that I don’t feel good without telling the whole class?
  • My teacher doesn’t do anything when they make fun of me. How do I fix it?
  • I’m going to the hospital for inpatient care. What do I need to know about my rights?
  • I can still drink, right?
  • Everything I take OTC when I have a cold makes me cycle. Is there anything I can take? Is a certain ingredient causing this?
  • And many more

Got questions, comments or ideas?
Your input matters here at Bipolar Retrospective. If there’s something bugging you that hasn’t been addressed on the blog, write me. My email is [email protected] While I may not be able to respond to you directly, I will make an effort to file your question as a “to be blogged about” topic.

A Note about Style and Grammar
The style of this blog is casual. Please be aware that the majority of grammatical errors, such as ending sentences on a preposition or starting a sentence with hopefully or however, are intentional. However, if you feel there is something that is unclear, please email me so that I can correct it.

A Note About Acceptable Language
This blog is PG-13. If you have an adolescent with bipolar disorder or your child has a friend with the disorder, it should be safe to read. No “f bombs” will be dropped. No excessive foul language will appear. However, occasionally, for emphasis, words such as “damn,” “freaking,” and “ass” might appear. All other potentially offensive words are not considered acceptable.

While I fully respect the parenting choices of my readers, before you ban Bipolar Retrospective, remember that the majority of your kids hear and say far worse at school. I know; I taught that age group for 3 years. For those of you still concerned, I will post a warning about such language at the top of such posts.

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Bipolar Medication to offset Neurotransmitters in Bipolar Symptom

by Ken P Doyle

To really understand bipolar medication, one has to understand first the intricacies of the brain functions, its nervous system and how bipolar symptom works. In a nutshell, bipolar symptom is caused by differences in how a persons brain and nervous system regulate basic behaviors.

The Body Nervous System

The brain is the most complex and least understood organ in the body. It is the focal point of the central nervous system. The central nervous system receives, processes, and sends billions of signals every day by way of chemicals and electrical impulses. Scientists are only starting to identify how these chemicals and power surges work.

When the Nervous System Malfunctions

Creating and reacting to a complex bundle of chemicals, electrical, and magnetic impulses, the human nervous system is an amazing organic machine. A chain of events in motion can lead to a neurological event. Memory lapse, a seizure, or bipolar symptoms with a single misstep in one of these processes. The person has what we call a neurological disorder if such missteps occur constantly.

Neurotransmitters: The Bodys Communication network

Neurons are the brains internal communication centers, but they dont trade messages directly. Inside a neuron, all the messages are sent via electrical impulses. Electrical impulses have to be translated into neurotransmitters (hormone-like chemicals that send signals to all parts of the nervous system).

What are Neurotransmitters

Many different neurotransmitters and related hormones are running around in our brain. Beside the hormone melatonin, there are other neurotransmitters that seem to be involved in bipolar symptoms, these include:

* Serotonin: (5-HT), controls sleep, mood, some types of sensory perception, body-temperature regulation, and appetite.

* Dopamine. (DA), this neurotransmitter helps control body movements and thought patterns, and also regulates how hormones are released.

* Norepinephrine: it governs the fight or flight response arousal, memory andf anxiety.

Bipolar Symptoms verses Bipolar Medication

Producing changes in bipolar symptoms, medications which are absorbed into the brain change certain hormones and neurotransmitters. People with bipolar symptoms are not cured by the bipolar medications, but in some people they can create major improvements in their emotional stability and behavior. It can be compared to those with diabetes, the illness is not cured but controlled by the medication and thus stopping the destructive affect if the illness.

Finally

No one has been able to pinpoint the real cause of bipolar symptoms. The devastating effect of this illness is caused by a chain of reaction probably caused by a number of factors. Differences in brain structure, inherited genes, environmental factors and electrical and magnetic activities are just a few. Because there are very complex activities happening in the communication system (neurotransmitters) the only way we can control bipolar symptoms is by using bipolar medication to lessen the work of neurotransmitters.

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Also known as manic-depression, bipolar disorder is a mental illness, characterized by powerful changes in mood, energy level, and behavior. At one extreme lies mania, usually manifested as extreme restlessness, inability to sleep, irritability, poor judgment, and impulsiveness. Depression is at the extreme end of the other pole, and is distinguished by helplessness, hopelessness, fatigue and suicidal thoughts.

Bipolar disorder begins in early adulthood or late adolescence, therefore teen bipolar disorder is seen often; the challenge lays in recognizing the symptoms early enough to seek help. As anyone who has gone through adolescence can attest, in teenagers, irrational behavior is fairly normal, as are mood swings from very high to extreme lows; consequently, recognizing teen bipolar disorder can be difficult. Also, teenagers can be uncommunicative with their parents about their activities and friends; this makes it problematical for family members to monitor their mood.

If you have suspicions that your child may have teen bipolar disorder, please take the time to watch his or her behavior closely in order to recognize common symptoms.

Depressive symptoms of teen bipolar disorder include insomnia or oversleeping, loss of energy, feelings of emptiness and worthlessness, physical agitation or sluggishness, continual sadness, lack of concentration, and suicidal thinking.

Manic symptoms include increased energy, extreme changes in mood, extreme irritability, rapid speech which leaps from idea to idea quickly without connection, lack of concentration, hyper sexuality, physical agitation, lack of sleep for extended periods of time, and unrealistic optimism

Teen bipolar disorder is the beginning of life long illness, and cannot be cured; nevertheless it can be effectively treated with the help of medication and therapy. Family and friends will also play a pivotal role in treatment.

Young people afflicted with teen bipolar diseases need steady supervision, at any rate, in the early stages when timely treatment can make a big difference. Pay attention to any suspicions you have about this disorder in someone you know.

True, teens are the majority of the time hard to deal with, but it is better to seek treatment early and be in error than to disregard warning signs. Teen bipolar disorder is not to be ignored, but handled with care and as quickly as practical for the best outcome.

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Alexza Announces Extension of the ADASUVE(TM) PDUFA Goal Date by Three Months

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire COMTEX/ Alexza Pharmaceuticals, . /quotes/zigman/99406/quotes/nls/alxa ALXA -14.39% announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require additional time complete review the Drug Application (NDA) ADASUVE(TM) (Staccato® loxapine).

In a notice received from the FDA, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date the ADASUVE NDA has been extended from February 4, 2012 4, 2012.

The FDA notified Alexza January 10, 2012 submission the NDA, updating the proposed Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program, has been designated as a major amendment. The FDA exercised option extend the PDUFA goal date provide time complete the review when a sponsor submits materials the FDA considers a major amendment an NDA three months the PDUFA goal date. Alexza has submitted this amendment the NDA, among others, address topics discussed during the December 12, 2011 Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting on the ADASUVE application.

We continue we on a pathway gain approval ADASUVE in the United States, stated Thomas B. King, President and Chief Executive Officer Alexza Pharmaceuticals. We the efforts the FDA complete review NDA and we continue support the continued review the NDA.

ADASUVE (Staccato loxapine) and the Staccato SystemADASUVE is an anti-agitation product candidate combines Alexzas proprietary Staccato with loxapine, an antipsychotic currently in the U.S. as an oral formulation the management schizophrenia. The Staccato is a hand-held, single-dose inhaler delivers a medication comparable intravenous administration, but with greater ease, patient comfort and convenience. Click see an animation how the Staccato works. In clinical studies, ADASUVE has shown an onset effect in 10 minutes dosing, is the time point measured in the Phase 3 clinical studies. The ADASUVE NDA contains efficacy and safety data from more than 1,600 patients and subjects, have been studied in thirteen different clinical trials.

Alexza Pharmaceuticals, .Alexza is a pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization , proprietary products the acute treatment central nervous conditions. Alexzas technology, the Staccato® , vaporizes unformulated drug form a condensation aerosol , when inhaled, rapid systemic drug delivery deep lung inhalation. The drug is quickly absorbed the lungs the bloodstream, providing speed therapeutic onset is comparable intravenous administration, but with greater ease, patient comfort and convenience.

ADASUVE (Staccato loxapine) is Alexzas lead program, is developed the acute treatment agitation in adults with schizophrenia bipolar disorder. Alexza completed and announced positive results from Phase 3 clinical trials and initially submitted the ADASUVE NDA in December 2009. In October 2010, the Company received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA regarding the application. The Company completed an end-of-review meeting with the FDA in December 2010 and a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) guidance meeting with the FDA in April 2011. The ADASUVE NDA resubmitted in August 2011, completed an advisory committee meeting in December 2011, received a notice extension the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date in January 2012, and has a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date 4, 2012.

In October 2011, the Company established a commercial partnership ADASUVE with Grupo Ferrer Internacional, S.A. Grupo Ferrer is a leading pharmaceutical company in Europe with extensive operations in the Americas, and is Alexzas partner in the commercialization ADASUVE in Europe, Latin America, Russia and the Commonwealth Independent States countries. Alexza filed ADASUVE Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in October 2011.

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Definition Of Bipolar Disorder Defined And Prevalence

Now, he is energetic, intensely elated, irritable and self-crucial. An hour later, he a painful sadness, negative thinking, and indifferent to things that utilized to bring them happiness. These are the manifestations of individuals who have a mental problem called Bipolar Problem.

A person with Bipolar Condition has alternating moods of extreme mania and depression. Bipolar disorder is also otherwise referred to as manic-depressive illness. When the patient is in a depressed state, he feels very gloomy and negativistic. When he shifts to being manic, the patient can look hyperactive, usually on the move and mischievous.

Bipolar condition is much less popular than depression. In North America and Europe, about 1 percent of folks expertise bipolar problem in the course of their lives. Rates of bipolar problem are similar throughout the planet. In comparison, at least 8 % of individuals expertise serious depression during their lives. Bipolar condition affects men and women about equally and is somewhat much more typical in higher socioeconomic classes.

At least 15 % of folks with bipolar condition commit suicide. This rate roughly equals the rate for individuals with major depression, the most severe form of depression. Some study suggests that extremely creative people-such as artists, composers, writers, and poets-show unusually high rates of bipolar condition, and that periods of mania fuel their creativity.

There are a lot of well known personalities around the world who has manic depressive problem. Some are writers and some artists. These famous personalities in history who might have the problem are painters Amedeo Modigliani and Jackson Pollock, novelists Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway, Lord Byron and Anne Sexton, and composers Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergey Rachmaninoff. Critics of this research note that many innovative individuals do not suffer from bipolar problem, and that most folks with bipolar problem are not particularly creative.

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Omega 3 essential fatty acids are found in fish oil. These fatty acids contribute to your overall mental health because our brain is 60% fat if you exclude the water content. Not getting enough Omega 3 essential fatty acids can result in suffering from depression, Attention Deficient Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder.

A very informative article regarding Omega 3 essential fatty acids is called “Dietary Fatty Acids Essential for Mental Health” which was published in the Psychiatric Times (http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/article/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=185301274). The article discusses that research has shown reduced amounts of Omega 3 fatty acid in the diets of most people in the United States has lead to the increased number of people diagnosed with depression. In addition a lack of Omega 3 essential fatty acids can lead to Schizophrenia, chronic consumption of alcohol, Multiple Sclerosis, and postpartum depression. There is also information suggesting it can be linked to coronary artery disease.

Other studies by Malcolm Peet at the University of Sheffield show that consuming Omega 3 essential fatty acids can reduce the effects of Schizophrenia even in those who have not been responsive to any other types of medical treatment for the disorder. DHA is found in antipsychotic medications as well as in pharmaceutical grade fish oil that contains DHA and EPA Omega 3 fatty acids. [http://www.omegaflaxseedoil.com/benefits/flaxseedoil/the_Use_Of_Flax_Seed_Oil_For_Fatty_Acid_Supplementation.html]Fish oil has also been shown to assist those suffering from Bipolar Disorder. This research shown that Omega 3 fatty acids contain mood stabilizers. According to Andrew Stoll, biochemical studies with white blood cells indicate that high doses of Omega 3 fatty acids can assist with what signals the cells give. Those suffering from depression also respond well to increasing their intake of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. This is due to the amount of EPA found in it.

Both the EPA and DHA found in Omega 3 fatty acids assist with brain functions and your mental health. It can be very effective for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and depression. More studies still have to be conducted but in the mean time those with such disorders are encouraged to supplement their diet with fish oil.

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When many people hear the words, bipolar disease, they immediately think of people placed in straitjackets and carted off to the nearest asylum. Many of those very same people are unaware that bipolar disease is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, and can range from mild to severe symptoms, with very few of those numbers actually ever having to be committed to a mental institution for treatment.

Bipolar disease is caused, doctors believe today, by chemical imbalances in the brain or erratic thyroid hormone levels. The disorder also tends to run in families, though that doesnt mean if Grandmother Ada was diagnosed with a mental disorder, that you will automatically develop the disease. Before the late twentieth century, the disorder was extremely difficult to diagnose, and many people were mistakenly labeled as schizophrenic or with severe anxiety disorders.

Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with bipolar disease, and lead relatively normal lives, and the majority of those also hold regular jobs ranging from corporate to blue-collar positions. When identified early enough, patients often respond well to medications and psychotherapy treatments that may range from mere consultations to one-on-one therapy to group therapy programs.

For others, bipolar disease can be devastating to both personal and professional lives, and some dont respond to any medication treatments at all. For some sufferers, periods of depression, accompanied by periods of extreme happiness, often take their toll with failed relationships, lost jobs and feelings of worthlessness and failure.

While most of us experience periods of the blues or days when we seem to be walking on Cloud Nine, someone who suffers from bipolar disease will experience these moments in the extreme. Chronic repetition of these periods are exhausting to both the victim and close friends and family members, and may eventually lead to isolation and a lack of interest in participating in events or activities that used to bring pleasure.

Recognizing that all might not be well with someone is important. If you or someone you know is experiencing endless mood swings that range from severe depression to extreme states of elation, and then back again, it is important to track such mood swings and note their duration and severity. Early recognition of the disease is important in order to prevent a downward spiral that may eventually lead to thoughts of suicide for the victim.

Despite the availability of medications and psychotherapy methods to help people today who suffer from bipolar disease, the condition still maintains a stigma that prevents many people from seeking help. Unfortunately, many people suffering from the erratic mood swings produced by the condition are too embarrassed or humiliated by the thought of having a mental condition to seek help. Instead, they withdraw further and further from loved ones.

If you think that you or someone you know is suffering from this condition, talk to them. Encourage them to seek help and most of all, be as supportive as possible. You can make all the difference in the world for someone suffering from bipolar disease.

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Exploring the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The very first step in dealing with bipolar disorder and those that have it is to get a good understanding of the symptoms. There are four different type of mood episodes, each with their own unique symptoms.

Mania

Person feels all-powerful. May have hallucinations or delusions of grandeur.    Euphoria – feels excessively optimistic, on top of the world.
Extremely irritable – angry with aggressive or provocative actions.
Restless – unable to concentrate, easily distracted.
Unusually talkative – talks fast, feels a need to keep talking.
Less need for sleep – goes for days on very little or no sleep.
High risk behavior – pleasure seeking, involvement in high risk actions like sex, drugs, gambling, etc.
Extremely energetic – feelings of creativity and increased productiveness.
Aggressive behavior – rudeness, causes trouble.
Poor judgment – reckless, impulsive, no idea of abnormal behavior.

Hypomania

Milder form of mania – less severe, not as difficult to function normally.
Euphoria – feels productive and energetic.
Can do day-t0-day activities – no delusions or hallucinations.
Very agreeable – may seem to be in an usually good mood.
Often turns spirals into a full-blown manic episode, followed by major depression.

Depression

Fatigue – loss of energy, may move and speak slowly.
Depressed – hopeless, sad, feels empty.
Loses interest in previous pleasurable activities – sex, hobbies, social activities.
Restless – unable to sit still, nervousness.
Change in sleep pattern – oversleeps or has insomnia.
Weight and appetite changes – may have significant weight gain or loss.
Problems with memory – cant concentrate, difficulty making decisions.
Feelings of worthlessness – very critical and hard on themself, dislikes self.

Mixed Episodes (Mania and Depression)

Full blown symptoms of both mania and depression.
May alternate between the two extremes or suffer affects of both at the same time.
Mixes irritability and the low moods of depression with the agitation of mania.
Combination of high energy mixed with depression make suicide a high risk.

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