Alternative Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

Little research has been done on the effectiveness of alternative bipolar treatments, but there are remedies that people report helpful in reducing symptoms. The only way to know whether these alternatives will help you is to try them. Experiment with them under the supervision of your physician or psychiatrist, especially if you are taking other medications  .  .  .

Children with bipolar disorder: Maybe true, definitely troubling

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2012 - If the incidence of a childhood illness increased 4,000% in 9 years, you would think more people would be alarmed. The diagnosis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (PBD) did increase that much from 1994 to 2003, and is still on the rise. There is more buzz in the media about it the past few years, and research has been (and continues being) done.

PBD is not in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text revision; DSM-IV-TR ), which is the current guide to mental disorders; approved by the American Psychiatric Association in 2000. However, PBD is an accepted diagnosis by many psychiatrists and doctors who cite studies validating the need for it  .  .  .

Mental health and women in history: Mary Todd Lincoln

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2012—March is Women’s History Month, and Mary Todd Lincoln is a remarkable character in history. She is primarily remembered as being the wife of a famous man who was as undemonstrative and she was demonstrative, and for having mental and emotional issues that intensified over time. It has been suggested by at least one biographer that Mary Lincoln suffered from bipolar disorder; maybe she did.

She was a person of emotional extremes her entire life. Young Mary Todd was witty, charming, and frequently treated people to her sunny disposition. Other qualities she was known for were petulance and excitability, and there are reports Mary was spoiled and selfish. She was a “middle” child who enjoyed being the center of attention … .

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