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Friday, March 18, 2016

Homeopathy for Bipolar Disorder

Homeopathy for Bipolar Disorder 

 

now days we see many people suffering with mental disease and this is one of it 
Bipolar disorder Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very quick.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

 Causes of Bipolar disorder:

  • Genetic.
  • Being nurtured by parents suffering from Bipolar disorder.
  • Family history of alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Abuse of alcohol, drugs, caffeine, medications like Appetite suppressants, Anti depressants, Thyroid, etc.
  • Constant worry, emotional trauma such as separation of parents, death in the family etc.
  • Peer pressure, exceeded expectations from parents.
  • Hormonal changes especially during puberty.
  • Prolonged untreated insomnia.
Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally. It usually starts between ages 15 - 25. The exact cause is unknown, but it occurs more often in relatives of people with bipolar disorder.
Types of bipolar disorder:
  • People with bipolar disorder type I have had at least one manic episode and periods of major depression. In the past, bipolar disorder type I was called manic depression.
  • People with bipolar disorder type II have never had full mania. Instead they experience periods of high energy levels and impulsiveness that are not as extreme as mania (called hypomania). These periods alternate with episodes of depression.
  • A mild form of bipolar disorder called cyclothymia involves less severe mood swings. People with this form alternate between hypomania and mild depression. People with bipolar disorder type II or cyclothymia may be wrongly diagnosed as having depression.
In most people with bipolar disorder, there is no clear cause for the manic or depressive episodes. The following may trigger a manic episode in people with bipolar disorder:
  • Life changes such as childbirth
  • Medications such as antidepressants or steroids
  • Periods of sleeplessness
  • Recreational drug use
The manic phase may last from days to months. It can include the following symptoms:

Symptoms

  • Easily distracted
  • Little need for sleep
  • Poor judgment
  • Poor temper control
  • Reckless behavior and lack of self control
    • Binge eating, drinking, and/or drug use
    • Poor judgment
    • Sex with many partners (promiscuity)
    • Spending sprees
  • Very elevated mood
    • Excess activity (hyperactivity)
    • Increased energy
    • Racing thoughts
    • Talking a lot
    • Very high self-esteem (false beliefs about self or abilities)
  • Very involved in activities
  • Very upset (agitated or irritated)
  • Extreme mood changes, elevated or depleted.
  • Impulsive, impractical behaviors, making foolish decisions.
  • Sky scraping or low self-esteem, feeling like a super hero or feeling incompetent.
  • Alternating low to high energy levels resulting in exaggeration of physical and mental activities.
  • Restlessness.
  • Easily sidetracked, resulting in dropping of grades at school.
  • Addictions - alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Undiscriminating sexual behavior.
  • Body aches and pains.
  • Increase or decrease in appetite resulting in weight gain or weight loss.
  • Too much or too little sleep.
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations (see or hear things that are not there).
  • Paranoia.
  • Decline in cognitive function that is reasoning and perception.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • General  Treatment

    Periods of depression or mania return in most patients, even with treatment. The main goals of treatment are to:
  • Avoid moving from one phase to another
  • Avoid the need for a hospital stay
  • Help the patient function as well as possible between episodes
  • Prevent self-injury and suicide
  • Make the episodes less frequent and severe

Homeopathy Approach  

Conventional management of Bipolar disorder works towards suppressing the symptoms rather than permanently treating them. Whereas, Homeopathic approach arouses the patient's inherent capability to reinstate balance, and will manage symptoms and prevent relapse. Homeopathy acknowledges the psychological basis of somatic symptoms. Constitutional approach is a unique traditional which takes into account a person's overall nature, individual qualities and outlook towards life. Homeopathic remedies will help stabilize the patient's mood and further prevent the frequency and intensity of manic episodes and depression. Homeopathic approach will assist your teenager in appreciating themselves better; it will rebuild their self-esteem, which will further facilitate them in adjusting to stress and in improving their social relationships. Homeopathic remedies facilitate the body naturally to restore back to a healthy state of balance. The remedies will stimulate your system and regulate the production of Serotonin and Adrenalin which are responsible for your mood swings, anxiety, restlessness and depression.
After taking Homeopathic medicines, the patient experiences a general feeling of well being, and develops a positive attitude towards life. Dependency on sedatives and anti-depressants is also condensed, which have tons of side effects and is habit forming. Homeopathic medicines will enhance suppressed inner capabilities, shape the inborn behaviors with the existing circumstances getting rid of behavioral negativities and restoring well being. It will help stabilize emotions, attain mental peace and bring eventual happiness. As every behavior is unique, Homeopathic Constitutional treatment offers remedies that are incomparable and exclusive, created just for your unique personality. Homeopathic remedies are safe, natural, inexpensive and highly effective.

 Common homeopathic remedies for bipolar disorder:

Agaricus Muscarius:

 This is an outstanding remedy for Bipolar disorder. These patients complain of body aches and twitching movements and are highly sensitive to pressure and cold air. They are emotionally insensitive, confused, and talkative with aversion to work. They are constantly yawning and drowsy all day, yet are overly energized and can lift heavy loads. They lack perception for comparative sizes of objects, and they may jump over small objects as if they were tree trunks. When they get angry, they scream and try to harm themselves. They complain of double vision. Words seem to move or swim.

Crocus Sativus: 

This remedy can smooth the progress of patients who undergo frequent and extreme emotional and psychological changes. These patients exhibit violent anger followed by repentance. They exhibit paroxysms of laughter, drowsiness, and lassitude. They are indecisive and go through sudden changes from hilarity to melancholy.

Hyoscyamus Niger: 

This is a first-rate remedy for a troubled nervous system. These patients behave as maniacs, are jealous, paranoid, quarrelsome, and may behave or speak obscenely. They are inclined to immodest acts, gestures, and expressions. They talk uninterruptedly, behave indecently, persist in stripping themselves, and are afraid of being poisoned. They are very restless and laugh at everything. Their symptoms are worse at night and during menses (in women).

Natrum phosphate:

This remedy is indicated for patients having hallucinations; they wake up at night to hear footsteps in the next room and can imagine furniture to be people. 

Passiflora incarnata: 

This remedy has a quieting effect on the nervous system. These patients are  addicted to morphine. They behave hysterically and suffer from lack of sleep. These patients are overworked, which leads to restlessness and lack of sleep.

Platinum metallicum: 

This is a superb remedy for bipolar disorder. These patients are not their usual selves, have a perceived
personality, and feel that everything around them is changed. They are weary of everything and have an irresistible impulse to kill. They are arrogant and have contempt for others. These patients have an abnormal sexual appetite, and women can be nymphomaniacs.

Tarentula hispanica: 

This remedy corresponds with patients who are extremely nervous and hysterical. They are highly restless and must keep in constant motion, although walking makes them even more restless. They experience sudden alterations of mood and can be mischievous with destructive impulses. These patients are discontented and always guided by whims. They are sexually excited to the extent of insanity.