Bipolar Disorder Patients

2013 Bipolar Update

Bipolar Disorder Patients

The increasing number of bipolar disorder patients today has highlighted the need to understand the dynamics behind bipolar disorder on a more personal and profound level, something that has not been given proper attention by medical science. A few years ago, the research designed to understand the underlying cause behind bipolar disorder focused solely on finding a commonality between and among all patients. However, the extensive diversity of patients spanning all demographics may have turned this issue on its head.

Is it really prudent to look at bipolar disorder as a condition that requires a unifying thread, or rather would it be more practical to look at the illness as maybe caused by other factors; perhaps one that may involves genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two.

This new approach to understanding bipolar disorder is in turn creating significant hope for bipolar disorder patients to be understood in the context of their own conditions, not as a universal statistic under one banner illness. By this, we mean that personal and family histories are becoming an ever more important diagnostic tool to isolate, identify, and address the illness.

In many cases, doctors have found that specific stress factors caused the onset of bipolar disorder. Oftentimes, these stress factors acted for an extended period before the disorder fully manifested itself. This could highlight the importance of looking at lifestyle habits as a potential precursor to bipolar disorder.

This is where the importance of self-help therapy methods comes into play. In recent years, the “personal” nature of bipolar disorder as reflected in and attested to by bipolar disorder patients raises the criticality of therapy as one of the most powerful tools in treating bipolar disorder. Medication, for its part, helps in controlling mood swings as influenced by changes in the body’s chemistry, but this insufficient.

The power of therapy and lifestyle changes offers a glimpse into the future of bipolar disorder treatment, one that is certain to reshape the medical field in more ways than one.

Self-help therapies focus on creating a lasting change in mind-set and habits. It is, in itself, character-building. It helps form positive attributes and habits that go a long way into molding the patient’s character in many facets. That overhaul helps the patient become more positive towards life and in turn creates the necessary resistance against the recurrence of bipolar disorder episodes.

Self-help therapies also center on creating relationships and maintaining social support circles. The role that relationships can play towards the treatment of bipolar disorder patients is tremendous, and one that medical researchers hope to understand more as they continue their research. Not surprisingly, doctors now mandate the immersion of patients into social situations to help arrest the progress of the disorder, unlike the past approach of reclusion and withdrawal and then treatment via pure medication.

Bipolar disorder patients can look forward to better tools for addressing their conditions. The hand-in-hand approach of medication and self-help therapies is helping to transform the paradigm for treating bipolar disorder, and the developments are more than welcome news to help push the understanding of bipolar disorder forward. That is certain cause for joy and something that is well worth the wait after all these years. Finally, medical science is getting ahead of the fight against bipolar disorder.

Remember, if you feel that you or someone you know is bipolar and not getting treatment, it is very important to do so. With today’s medication and therapy treatment there is no need for bipolar disorder patients to live in a constant manic or depressed condition.