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Interesting Facts About Bipolar Disorder: Pregnancy, Therapy, and More
Since there's no cure for Bipolar Disorder, learn all the facts you can about it.
Are you interested in finding information about Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar Disorder is a chronic condition, which means it currently has no cure; since you can't get rid of it, you may as well find out as much info as you can about it, right?
If you're an individual diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, or just somebody who enjoys learning about mental illness, you'll find some interesting facts about Bipolar Disorder in this article. Keep reading for information about everything from Bipolar Disorder during pregnancy to the link between creativity and Bipolar Disorder.
Facts About Bipolar Disorder and Pregnancy
- Over 50% of women diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder experience depression during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, as opposed to less than 10% of women without Bipolar Disorder.
- Over 50% of women with Bipolar Disorder experience postpartum depression; some experts believe that Bipolar women have a 90% chance of having postpartum depression.
- Bipolar women are 100 times more likely than other women to experience postpartum psychosis.
- As recently as 10 years ago, doctors advised Bipolar women not to get pregnant or have children.
Facts About Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse (Drugs and Alcohol)
- "Self-medication" is the term given to Bipolar patients (and other individuals with mental illnesses) who use drugs and alcohol to cope with the symptoms of the disorder.
- Over 60% of people diagnosed with Bipolar 1 have a history of substance abuse and dependence, and over 40% of individuals with Bipolar 1 have a history of alcoholism.
- With the exception of Antisocial Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder is the mental illness most commonly associated with alcoholism.
- Drug and alcohol abuse can complicate Bipolar Disorder, leading to increased mood swings and suicide rates.
- While abuse of any substance can occur, individuals with Bipolar Disorder are most likely to abuse cocaine or alcohol.
Facts About Medications for Bipolar Disorder
- There are three types of medications that are commonly prescribed to Bipolar patients: mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics.
- Many Bipolar patients are prescribed a cocktail of medications, as opposed to just one type of pill.
- Bipolar patients frequently develop a resistance to their medication(s) and have to be switched to other prescription drugs.
- Oddly enough, a side effect of many of the antidepressants prescribed to Bipolar patients is suicide.
- Lithium was the first mood stabilizer to be used for Bipolar Disorder, and is still commonly prescribed.
- Anticonvulsants (seizure drugs) have recently started being prescribed to Bipolar patients; some psychiatrists now believe that episodes of mania and depression are triggered by mini seizures in the brain.
Facts About Bipolar Disorder and Children
- Many children with Bipolar Disorder are misdiagnosed with ADHD.
- Over 80% of Bipolar children diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder have families with a history of substance abuse and/or mood disorders on both sides.
- Studies have shown that Bipolar Disorder affects children and adolescents more severely than adults.
- Bipolar children as young as 6 years old have attempted suicide.
- Children and teens with Bipolar Disorder are more likely to drop out of school, get arrested, or be incarcerated.
Facts About Bipolar Disorder and Creativity
- Scientists have found a link between manic episodes and extreme creativity.
- Creative people with Bipolar Disorder include F.Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Tchaikovsky.
- Creative outlets such as writing, painting, and music can help Bipolar individuals cope with their periods of depression.
- Numerous studies have been done on writers and Bipolar Disorder; one study found that over 80% of writers are Bipolar.
- The rate of suicide is 18 times higher in artists and writers than in the general population.
Other Facts About Bipolar Disorder
- Diet has been shown to affect Bipolar Disorder, and the following foods can trigger episodes of mania or depression: sugar, caffeine, processed foods, and foods high in carbohydrates.
- Omega 3 is believed to decrease Bipolar mood swings.
- Mania can be triggered by cocaine, ecstasy, and amphetamines; alcohol and tranquilizers can trigger depression.
- Acupuncture has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression and decrease the intensity of manic episodes.
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