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Bipolar Disorder: What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is also commonly referred to as “manic-depression”. It is a brain disorder which can have severe symptoms in mood shifts, energy level changes, and the ability to carry out normal daily activities. Almost everyone has mood changes and shifts due the normal ups and downs in life. For someone with Bipolar Disorder, these ups and downs are significantly more severe and debilitating in relationships, at work or school, and may even interfere the ability to keep from harming oneself.
Most of the research shows the onset is usually before the age of 25, but childhood onset is possible. It is a very difficult disorder to diagnose, and many people suffer for years before discovering what is wrong with them and find treatment.
Bipolar Disorder and Brain Function:
When looking at Brain Function with a diagnosis such as Bipolar Disorder, what we are really looking at is a cluster of symptoms that point to specific areas in the brain that are out of balance or “dysfunctional”. In the case of Bipolar, there could be many different areas effected which create the symptoms or instability in the electrical energy of the brain. With the qEEG or Brain Map as an assessment tool, we can see the electrical activity of the brain. We can then determine where and how the dysregulation occurs allowing us to develop treatment protocols to put the brain back into balance without medication.
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Bipolar Disorder and Common Symptoms:
The National Institute of Mental Health lists the following:
|Symptoms of mania or a manic episode include:||Symptoms of depression or a depressive episode include:|
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Bipolar Disorder Treatment with Dallas Brain Changers:
Dallas Brain Changers seeks to help clients who deal with the ongoing struggles of Bipolar Disorder. Through neurofeedback, we are able to help clients gain more control over the emotional roller coaster of the highs and lows associated with Bipolar Disorder. As brain function improves, clients experience less frequent mood swings, and the emotional turmoil becomes less drastic. In Counseling sessions, we work to develop healthier coping strategies to deal with emotional waves of the disorder.
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Bipolar Disorder: Case Study
Suzanne had been diagnosed by her psychiatrist as having Bipolar Disorder. She had tried numerous medications for years, but was unable to find the right combinations. She had sleep medications for her manic phase and anti-depressants for the depression phase, what she called “the crash”. She began finding it more and more difficult to work, and she eventually had to get a job from home working on the computer doing phone sales.
She felt as though her life were coming unraveled. Then, during one of her manic periods and after cleaning the house till 3am, she was searching online and found information about Neurofeedback. She took this information to her psychiatrist who was supportive in helping her find a provider near her.
Since she was working from home, she was able to begin intensive neurofeedback treatments daily along with counseling sessions. Eventually, as she began to feel her mood swings getting “under control”, she was able to go back to work part time. After about 8 months of treatment, she is now working full time and will be ending her neurofeedback treatments very shortly. Additionally, we worked with her psychiatrist, and she is almost off all her medications.
After living 30 years with her disorder, she finally found an effective treatment regime that would eventually end, allowing her to live her life fully.
Of course, not every patient who undergoes neurofeedback training experiences this drastic of a change. However, at Dallas Brain Changers, we find improved outcomes in approximately 85 to 90 percent of our clients. Consistency in treatment and a positive attitude are important tools for success.
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