Are you entangled in difficult
relationships or painful emotions?
Do you want to untangle
your life and reclaim your freedom?
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Many people who complain of recurrent depression and mania
are diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. The same
symptoms may also be labeled manic depression,
endogenous depression, cyclothemia
or cyclic depression.
A medical diagnosis of bipolar disorder implies a
severe, chronic mental illness characterized by episodes of elation and high
activity; alternating with periods of depression and low energy. Yet
we meet many people with this diagnostic label who describe quite different
Bipolar disorder can be applied
to a single episode of depression, a single episode of mania, to recurring depressive episodes,
or to a cycle of depression and hyperactivity.
After a depression concerning my boyfriend when I was 26, a
psychiatrist told me that I had bipolar disorder
and that I would never work again. That stopped me in my tracks. After
eight years without depression, I went back to school for a medical degree.
Although I am now a medical doctor, that
diagnosis still haunts me. Psychiatry is a shell game. My attempts to
dispute my diagnosis were used as evidence to confirm it. California
A diagnosis of bipolar disorder is an opinion that
cannot be proved or disproved by medical tests, although such opinions may
haunt people throughout their lives. Although symptoms of bipolar
disorder are often managed with psychoactive medication, we
sometimes help people manage emotional conflicts and relationship
problems that seem to support these symptoms.
Glucose is brain-fuel and a blood glucose
imbalance can result in:
mood swings and depression, as well as fatigue,
insomnia, irritability, dizziness, excessive thirst, night
sweating, poor concentration, forgetfulness, digestive
disturbances and blurred vision.
Symptoms that are sometimes labeled bipolar disorder may be associated with
relationship problems, emotional incest and identity loss. We help people to
explore and manage the consequences of relationship problems, including
the consequences of abuse by authorities.
How is Bipolar Disorder diagnosed?
There are no medical or laboratory tests for bipolar disorder (nor for most psychiatric
diagnosis) - only opinions that cannot be confirmed or rejected by a
laboratory. The behaviors it describes are common and most people seem to
have experienced them from time to time.
- feeling euphoric or high
- feeling irritable & restless
- racing thoughts, talkativeness
- sleep disorders
- reckless activities
- arrogant with poor judgment
- delusions or hallucinations
- feeling depressed, low or down
- feeling melancholy and hopeless
- difficulty making decisions
- poor self-evaluation
- low interest in daily activities
- withdrawal from family or friends
- suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts
A label of bipolar disorder often seems to be applied
to adults, who as children coped with immature parents and/or
parental alienation and/or
emotional incest. Many people
seem to create sub-personalities to cope with such abuse - and later
in life may swing back and forth between them. We call this
There are other explanations. Mood swings may be triggered by
diet or food allergies, although no
specific nutrients have been shown to cause or cure bipolar.
Systemic Diagnosis: Identity Conflict
A person showing identity conflict often makes decisions
or promises when one persona (or part or side)
is active, and forgets, ignores or denies those decisions and promises
when another persona is active. This behavior appears to be
common - perhaps one person in six.
We meet many people who appear to have identified with two
other people. Typically the role models were two adults who were in
conflict with each other while the person was a child - usually
parents, grandparents or other relatives.
If one parent was depressed, and the other
a child may try to show loyalty to both parents by sequentially
expressing depressed and motivated personalities.
See chronic conflict.
We help people manage their moods.
If one parent was frequently absent, missing or dead,
a child may perceive the missing parent only through the
descriptions and behavior of the other parent. If the
remaining parent disliked the other parent, this
parent may alienate the other parent in the mind of the child.
(We help people recognize, prevent and control the consequences of
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
After diagnosing bipolar disorder, medications may be
prescribed to help people manage their emotions. The most common
medications prescribed for bipolar disorder are currently
lithium and Thorazine (chlorpromazine). Another
treatment for bipolar is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Side Effects of Lithium
Increased frequency of urination or lost bladder control is
more common in women than in men. Patients may experience
increased thirst; mild nausea and trembling.
Side Effects of Thorazine (Chlorpromazine)
Increased constipation; decreased sweating; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is passing enough electric
current through the brain to cause a convulsion. Electroshock is
generally reserved for people with symptoms of depression, mania
and schizophrenia, especially people who do not respond
well to, or abreact to, other psychiatric treatment.
Side Effects of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electrocution, brain damage, memory loss, increased distractibility,
difficulty with multiple tasks, trouble with arithmetic and
language, nausea and headaches are all associated with electroshock.
Systemic Solutions for Complex Conflict
To summarize, we can help people who suffer from complex conflict
to find lasting resolution of many unpleasant symptoms. See our transcript
for insights into managing difficult thoughts and uncomfortable emotions.
We can help you solve emotional and relationship problems.
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