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Inflamed Mood: Autoimmune and Bipolar

Updated on June 9, 2015
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R.M. Nash MA CMHC, primarily writes articles related to mental health, education and relationships. Founder of Creating New Pathways LLC.

Inflamed Mood: Autoimmune and Bipolar pt 1

Inflamed Mood: Autoimmune and Bipolar

R.M. Nash MA CMHC © 2015

Late winter morning, when the ground is covered with snow; dampness lingers and sunlight struggles to break through the fog that lies thickly over a lethargic body. It wearily trudges through the crunching snow beneath numb feet longing for the warmth, the light and gentle breeze of spring to return. The reality is it is a balmy summer afternoon. Still, winter reigns and cannot remember the last time light did shine. So it is for those suffering from depression. (Nash, 2006. Psychology of Children and Adolescents: Trauma, Depression and Identity).

National Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-8255 TTY 1-800-799-4889

Bipolar Disorder

Imagine if Bipolar Disorder and other mental health conditions could be detected by blood test and maybe treated with immunization. Research is beginning to show a link between autoimmune (when the body’s immune system attacks own cells) disorders and mental health conditions, including Bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorder is believed to be 80% hereditary. In twin studies show that identical twins 67% compared to fraternal twins who had 16% Bipolar. (Guimarães etal. 2014). The onset of Bipolar is late teens and early adult, with most having symptoms by age 25. (National Institute of Mental Health). If one parent has Bipolar a child has a 10-30% greater chance of having Bipolar. If both parents have Bipolar then risk of the child having Bipolar is about 75%, (June & Boyatiz, 2007).

“ Unlike the normal ups and downs in life that everyone experiences, these experiences

are server for people with Bipolar Disorder and interfere with the person’s relationships,

employment, and /or school performance and all too frequently lead to suicide.”

(Derlega , 2005. in Impact of Interpersonal Violence on Children and Adolescents; Nash , 2010) .

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that is divided into two main categories: Bipolar I and Bipolar II. Bipolar I is also sometimes called manic depressive disorder.
Bipolar I criteria include manic or mixed episodes of manic and depression; that last seven days or more; or symptoms are so severe hospitalization is required. Bipolar II criteria differ in some symptoms and time.

Bipolar II: is defined as depression without mania and or hypomania (low energy)

.Bipolar II is divided into subcategories that include: Bipolar NOS (not otherwise specified). In Bipolar NOS an individual has symptoms of Bipolar but do not meet all of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual criteria for Bipolar I or II. A milder form of Bipolar is Cyclothymic.

Cyclothymic: Individuals with Cyclothymic have Bipolar symptoms at lower intensity for at least two years. Rapid Cycle Bipolar individuals have four or more episodes of major depression; mania; hypomania or mixed states. Bipolar Disorders can worsen if not treated. At this time Bipolar is not curable.

Bipolar is co-occurring with risk of thyroid, migraine, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other physical illness. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactively (ADHD) disorder and anxiety disorder are often co-diagnosis or in some cases misdiagnose of Bipolar Disorder. There is discussion about how and why these conditions are connected with each other. In the research section some of the recent findings are discussed. Retrieved 5/22/58.

© 2015 R M Nash


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