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Can Bipolar Disorder be cured

I wrote this post on another website to respond to the question of whether Bipolar Disorder can be cured. I thought to add it here as some people may find it useful.

Can Bipolar Disorder be cured?

Firstly it’s important to note the physical basis for Bipolar Disorder has never been found and never will be found. This is because our internal worlds are not physical.

Bipolar Disorder is known as the phantom disorder because for some people it’s symptoms can hibernate for years and as an extension of that I therefore assume they can completely disappear and never return. This hibernation characteristic of Bipolar Disorder is rarely talked about but does occur and can be likened to a cure in my opinion. It is similar to the rare cases of people getting their Irritable Bowel Syndrome under control after going through the process of elimination with the foods they eat. The reason why they get to the bottom of it is because they practiced self care and investigated the reasons behind their digestive tantrums. People in the west want the quick fix though that’s why they endure a lot of unnecessary pain.

First understand that Bipolar Disorder is a very individual ailment. It seems to mean different things to different people. Case A is different to Case B because we are as unique as the fingerprints on our hands so whether someone can be cured has to be considered on a case by case basis.

Unfortunately patients in the west of many diseases are over-reliant on drugs as symptomatic management for ailments which actually signal a deeper problem. In the typical public hospital experience with Bipolar Disorder, there is not much of an emphasis to investigate the reasons behind your mood fluctuations. There is rather a lot of pressure for the Psychiatrists to move you in and out of the hospital as they have so many people to see. Quality treatment and answers don’t come that way.

Unpleasant moods on the mood continuum are attributed with communication as opposed to being a purposeless signal. In fact that is how pain generally operates consistently throughout the human experience and the natural world. It’s a motivator for change. The opposite poles are not exempt from this. They are events of communication to the patient requesting them to get to the bottom of their violent fluctuations.

Mood fluctuations occur for many reasons, stress, weather, thought patterns, sleep quality, cognitive fusion with a delusion etc.

But to be more specific with your answer, I personally believe yes but depending on your case and the source of your mood fluctuations. For example, the depression of Bipolar Disorder is not much different to Major Depression. Many patients initially present with depression. If however you manage to resolve the CAUSE of your depression you will obtain mood regulation which is the ideal state for someone with Bipolar Disorder. You would no long have the disorder. At least not the depressive dimension.

Below is some science I developed regarding Pain and the mood continuum that may help here:

I work as a security guard and us guards get a lot of time to think and observe. I started observing the natural world and pain in general and began to like observation a lot. I use the natural world as a teacher because it doesn’t lie. It has the truth built into it and you can see it with your own eyes. You can also apply what you see in the natural world to yourself and other aspects of life.

I started to observe pain a lot and learnt a lot about it. I ended up coming up with what I call the Pain Class Abstraction pictured below:

The above abstraction is a simple general representation of any pain. For those of you who are into abstract things you will know that they are very general representations of things. Sometimes so general that all they can do is just help provoke new thoughts which can be very useful in solving problems. Abstract art for example allows a person to explore and derive their own meaning from what they see.

The abstraction above can be used with any Psychiatric Disorder for multiple purposes and in my opinion even for developing solutions because it allows exploration and a shift in consciousness from stagnated thinking. The current thinking of many disorders in Psychiatry has stagnated that’s why this epidemic is getting worse. What is needed is solutions and new ways of thinking of these disorders which is what I have attempted.

My abstraction is also validated by nature as the above representation of pain is how pain actually operates. All pain whether it’s a headache or a fungal infection inherits from the above representation. The section in the middle are attributes of pain and the section at the bottom is a behaviour of pain.

What follows is an explanation of the above attributes and behaviour through the example of a headache and then the linking of the abstraction to the mood continuum to demonstrate that the opposite poles are actually a communication system.

Explaining the pain class abstraction through the example of a headache:

Pain: Headache

Initiator: My boss
Initiation Method: Too much of a work-load
Responder: Myself (I am the one who will respond to this headache)
Response Method: Headache tablet
Subject: Myself (I am the victim of this headache)
Manifestation Subject: Head (where did this pain manifest?)
Time Period: 4 hours (this headache has lasted 4 hours)
Communicate: Painful cramping and tension in the head area. Possibly increased muscle tenderness? This is how the pain communicates.

Take note of the initiator, initiation method and communicate items above. Notice how the pain communicates symptoms which are caused by the boss giving too much of a work load. Together these things are communicating meaning, a reason behind the pain. It’s a signal of purpose.

For people who don’t know, the mood continuum is the complete individual range of moods from lowest to highest. Now I will connect my Pain abstraction to the mood Continuum.

First simplify the Pain Abstraction and apply the simple form to the unpleasant moods on the continuum. Moods are colour coded where Major depression is in black all the way to white which is mania and the ideal in the middle being green. The two poles are on opposite ends.

As can be seen above, all unpleasant moods whether they are extreme and problematic (mania and major depression) or of simpler nature share the same attributes and behaviour of pain (they are a form of pain) and therefore communicate content and meaning (they all have an initiator, initiation method and communicate symptoms). So just as you have reasons for a general negative mood fluctuation, you also have reasons for mania and major depression. In the current understanding however found in Psychiatry, not much is concluded besides the extreme mood fluctuations being blamed on a brain disease where drugs are given as first line of treatment to control the rises and falls. They have over-simplified the problem and are treating surface symptoms but the issue actually signals a deeper problem.

Psychiatry needs to re-evaluate how they are approaching Bipolar Disorder and other disorders as I don’t believe enough progress is being made. One of the things they have come up with is that there is a lot of evidence that points to Bipolar Disorder being an issue of the neurons. Even if that is the case our brains have the ability to reprogram themselves through neuroplasticity. They are living moving objects. Isolating the response of Bipolar Disorder to the science of chemistry (drugs) alone discourages actions that induce neuroplasticity. We as human beings have a wide option base when it comes to treating matters of the mind. I know for myself I deal better with racing thoughts by delegating them into to do list software and processing them as opposed to taking pills.

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