Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression 
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 Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression

Few days ago, I posted an article about seeking info about the bipolar
disorder or manic depression in this newsgroup. I had some responses
from
 the sci.med newsgroup,
and appreciate those who gave me info about the disease. Besides, I have
learned more about the disease and in return passed the message to my
father who is having the disease now.  At the same time, I would to get
more info about how to control the patient mood, either in high or low
conditions except taking the medicines.  And, if any one of you or the
family members who have encountered to this kind of disease, can you
share the experience with me so that I could help my father and advise
my whole family members to deal with it.  Since this is an inherited
disease, our siblings and myself would like to know how to prevent this
from happening.



Sat, 13 May 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression


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>father who is having the disease now.  At the same time, I would to get
>more info about how to control the patient mood, either in high or low
>conditions except taking the medicines.  

        Control of the swings by alternative methods is generally not
successful and the medications are needed. When depressed it is hard to get
someone to do exercises, etc for energizing and when manic, being still long
enough to do relaxation exercises is hard to accomplish.
        Having said that, there are some alternative methods that have been
useful between episodes or for the less severe form bipolar II.
        For instance certain acupuncture treatments either energize of relax
the body. Biofeedback can be useful in helping the person control some of the
brain-wave states hyperactivity. Also seems to work with low energy.
        There has been some some work done with Chinese Traditional Medicine
Herbs, but like regular medicine, you should find a practioner who is skilled
in the use of herbs in mood states (sort of a CTM psychiatrist).  
        Of course maintaning a calm environment, keeping away from caffeine,
getting adequate sleep are all helpful.

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Sun, 14 May 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression



Quote:
>Few days ago, I posted an article about seeking info about the bipolar
>disorder or manic depression in this newsgroup. I had some responses
>from the sci.med newsgroup,
>and appreciate those who gave me info about the disease. Besides, I have
>learned more about the disease and in return passed the message to my
>father who is having the disease now.  At the same time, I would to get
>more info about how to control the patient mood, either in high or low
>conditions except taking the medicines.  

Cognitive therapy may help your father learn to cope with his symptoms
more effectively, but perhaps you should rethink your attitude toward
his taking {*filter*}.  If your father had heart or kidney problems, and
needed {*filter*} to control the symptoms so he could enjoy a normal life,
would you also be opposed to his taking {*filter*}?  Why is it different
because his disease affects his brain instead of his heart or kidneys?
The medications used for manic-depressive disease aren't "happy pills"
or tranquilizers, they control the symptoms so the person can feel
and think the way they do when the disease is not active.
Quote:
>And, if any one of you or the
>family members who have encountered to this kind of disease, can you
>share the experience with me so that I could help my father and advise
>my whole family members to deal with it.  Since this is an inherited
>disease, our siblings and myself would like to know how to prevent this
>from happening.



Sun, 14 May 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression

On Tue, 25 Nov 1997 23:43:08 +0900, Huey Yee Teo

Quote:

>Few days ago, I posted an article about seeking info about the bipolar
>disorder or manic depression in this newsgroup. I had some responses
>from
> the sci.med newsgroup,
>and appreciate those who gave me info about the disease. Besides, I have
>learned more about the disease and in return passed the message to my
>father who is having the disease now.  At the same time, I would to get
>more info about how to control the patient mood, either in high or low
>conditions except taking the medicines.  And, if any one of you or the
>family members who have encountered to this kind of disease, can you
>share the experience with me so that I could help my father and advise
>my whole family members to deal with it.  Since this is an inherited
>disease, our siblings and myself would like to know how to prevent this
>from happening.

I haven't seen anything that can prevent the disease from happening,
but I have seen tremendous benefit in bipolars who have taken
medication.  There are many new medication choices nowadays, and it's
important to maintain control of the chemical imbalance in order to
preserve one's job, not to mention family relationships.  H2


Mon, 15 May 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression

There are various alternative treatments available, depending on the severity
of the patient, but the first thing is to maintain control.  After attaining
control through medication one can begin to try alternative treaments.  Bipolar
disorder can be very destructive to a family or a career of not treated, but if
treated properly one can establish a normal life and then begin to rebuild.

JR



Wed, 17 May 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 
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