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What is bipolar disorder? Facts, symptoms, treatment, books, vitamins, and more

Bipolar disorder has several names, such as manic-depressive psychosis, bipolar affective disorder - a mental condition in which mania or hypomania alternates with depression. Because hypomania is a mild manifestation of mania, the symptoms aren’t as pronounced. Mania and depression may alternate quickly, or they may appear on their own. Bipolar disorder is characterized by frequent and momentary changes in mood.

Types of bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder comes in types I and II. In type II BPAD, only hypomanic and depressive states are present. Manic states are absent.

Prevalence of the bipolar disorder

Type I BPAD affects from 0.5% to 2% of the population, men and women are equally affected by this type. Type II BPAD affects up to 5% of the population and most commonly affects women.

21 surprising physical symptoms of bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder as mentioned above is defined by alternating between mania and depression. So how do these two conditions manifest themselves?

The physical symptoms of mania:

- The person talks a lot

- Multiple thoughts arise in the mind, one replacing the other

- Behavior becomes risky

- Uncontrolled financial expenditures

- Risky sexual behavior, hypersexuality, obsession with sex

- Hyperactivity

- Sleep disturbances, insomnia

- Irritability

- Excessive consumption of alcohol, drugs

- Heightened self-esteem

- Impulsive decisions and actions, devoid of logical sense

Physical symptoms of depression:

- Decreased appetite (increases are less common)

- Sadness

- Increased fatigue

- Sleep disturbances

- Loss of control over emotions, mostly unreasonable crying

- Anxiety

- Feeling of hopelessness

- Alienation from friends, relatives and loved ones, withdrawal

- Feeling of worthlessness

- Excessive guilt

Some symptoms are present with changes in the hormonal background, so it is important to rule out thyroid disease in the beginning.

How to treat the bipolar affective disorder

When treating bipolar disorder, lithium drugs, antiepileptic medications, some atypical neuroleptics are prescribed. The need to prescribe antidepressants is still a matter of debate. Psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, interpersonal therapy, compliance therapy, social support are also prescribed. In combination, treatment yields good results.

If your doctor has already prescribed medication, you can find the necessary drugs at our Mexican pharmacy online at Anxiety and Anti Convulsants Sections.

Books on Bipolar Disorder

Vitamins for Bipolar Disorder

Vitamins and supplements are an adjunct to medication and psychotherapy. You should also consult with your doctor before purchasing vitamins. You can ask a question to the specialists of our online pharmacy in Mexico or leave an order.

Fish Oil

Taking this supplement from food or as a supplement will help:

- Increase mental clarity, improve memory and concentration;

- Eliminate symptoms of depression during an episode of depression;

- Balance mood swings.

B vitamins

Vitamin B1 - eliminates irritability, anxiety, which often occurs with bipolar disorder.

Vitamin B12 - relieves fatigue, increases energy.

Mineral supplements

Magnesium

Magnesium supplements help eliminate anxiety, irritability and insomnia, increase resistance to stress, and relax the nerves.

Folic Acid

It’s not yet scientifically proven why folic acid levels affect bipolar disorder, but a deficiency in the body has been found in this disease. By replenishing folic acid in the body, you can have a positive effect on the symptoms of BPAD.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C protects the body from the damaging effects of the mineral vanadium, which is found in excess in people with bipolar disorder. This vitamin is found in large quantities in fruits and vegetables, so it’s not difficult to get it naturally with food.

Vitamin D

Recent studies have shown a correlation between vitamin D deficiency in the body and bipolar disorder. Vitamin D can be supplemented by taking sunbathing or supplements.

None of these vitamins are a treatment for bipolar affective disorder, but only help relieve symptoms.

Monthly injections for bipolar disorder

In the past, long-acting Risperidone injections were used in the treatment of bipolar disorder as monotherapy or combination therapy, but each individual case requires a prescription by the treating physician. This drug and its analogs belong to the group of atypical neuroleptics (antipsychotics), affecting the CNS and the brain. Of all the drugs, this one causes the least number of side effects, which also go away quickly.

Conclusions

Bipolar disorder is well-treatable if you go to a doctor in time and start therapy (ideally immediately after the first BPAD). In practice, however, treatment begins long after the first episode of BPAD.

The bipolar affective disorder is treated by treating episodes of mania and depression. The disease is classified as relapsing.

At our Mexican online pharmacy, you will find not only pharmacological medicines but also nutritional supplements and vitamins. If you don’t see any medication in the catalog, please leave a request for the drug through the online form or mail, and our specialists will find it in our other pharmacies.