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“A Fresh Look at Bipolar – Is it really incurable” Uploaded (Free Download)

As mentioned in the previous post I am releasing all my work for free. You will find a description and link to this book below. I will be working on my third edition of this book asap.

A Fresh Look at Bipolar – Is it really incurable (Second Edition)“.

New book A Fresh Look at Bipolar - Is it really incurable (Second Edition)

Description: Much of the mainstream understanding of Bipolar Disorder is that it is an incurable demon of the mind. Yet there are many facts that indicate this may not be true. There are also critical Psychiatrists within the industry who are against the way such disorders are understood and are being managed. In this small book, I highlight multiple important points against the narrative that Bipolar Disorder is incurable. I refer to such things like the fact it can’t be detected and I also go into the nature of pain and explain that this is what Bipolar Disorder essentially is. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder roughly 10 years ago and haven’t had an episode since about 2014. I attribute this to possibly being misdiagnosed. My unsatisfactory experience with the mental health system motivated me to research mental illness from alternative views and in my research I believe I have come across amazing insights some of which I share in this book. This book was written to create hope in people who feel broken and are looking for answers and help with initiative to come out of their mental prisons.

Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1. You can’t even Diagnose it Materially
  • Chapter 2. It is very Case Specific, not Singular
  • Chapter 3. Similarities between Bipolar and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chapter 4. Its Essence is Unregulated Mood
  • Chapter 5. The Myth of the Biochemical Imbalance
  • Chapter 6. Good news! Bipolar is Pain doing its Job
  • Chapter 7. The Symptom Hierarchy of Control
  • Chapter 8. The Pain Class Abstraction (A Bird’s-eye view of Bipolar)
  • Chapter 9. Depression and Mania is just about Maintenance
  • Chapter 10. Credits and Debits
  • Chapter 11. Anger, the Brother of Mania. What can we Learn?
  • Chapter 12. Symptom Dual-dimensionalism
  • Chapter 13. The Human Essence Bodies and Dimensions of Well-Being
  • Chapter 14. A Call to expand the meaning of “Antidepressant”
  • Chapter 15. Why Safer Drugs aren’t Impossible
  • Chapter 16. The Motivation to Push the “Incurable” Narrative
  • Chapter 17. The Labels that Contradict “Bipolar Disorder”
  • Chapter 18. Cause and Cure in Practice. The Examples of Circadian Rhythms and Environmental Trauma
  • Chapter 19. Neurons and Neuroplasticity

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Bipolar Disorder Depression

Is Major Depression Curable?

As much as modern psychiatry claims that behind these disorders “chemical imbalances” are the cause, no imbalance has ever been found and that is rather an assumed cause. To prove that, go and ask your psychiatrist to show you this chemical imbalance, when they can’t, realize that no psychiatrist can because to the current date it’s just a theory. If it was true, psychiatric disorders would now have a test and someone would be winning a nobel prize.

Secondly and getting more specific, have a look at the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in the DSM-5. You will notice upon looking carefully that a low barrier to entry for this label has been set and many people can be labelled. Experiencing a few low symptoms for 2 weeks is ridiculously enough for it to be concluded that the patient has something wrong with their brain. That’s because the DSM-5 criteria does not exclude psychological conditions (and other causes) which are totally curable but it depends on the case and that leads me to my next point.

When asking this question, you need to specify whose depression you are referring to. MDD is not a condition where everyone is isolated to the same cause for symptoms. Rather, everyone experiencing depression has a specific case as to the cause of their experience. In other words, my depression, and your depression are not the same thing. The diagnostic criteria describe surface level symptoms which may be shared among cases and that’s normal and natural. But the depths are a domain that is specific to the patient case. Anyone can experience bad lows enough to get you diagnosed, but the cause of these lows is not a case of everyone simply having a chemical imbalance. That is a gross oversimplification. Rather we have our own reasons and so our individual case can decide for us whether we can be “cured” or not (I’m not sure if cure is the best word to use to be honest…). Theoretically/technically yes people can be “cured”, but whether it happens depends on the patient’s case.

So the words cure/incurable need to be clarified and opened up because there are variables to be discussed to answer your question, the most important of which is, “whose depression and why are they depressed?”.

Also, the word “cure” in the context of psychiatric disorders is unique when comparing the use of the word with other ailments. Sometimes it shouldn’t even be used as psychiatry has just medicalised normality (normal life circumstances) in certain cases. The DSM criteria is surface level identification (just a few low symptoms) and so can unfortunately easily accommodate normality.

Some people say there is no cure because as it can be seen these phases return. Well of course because that can be a part of life. Look at the MDD diagnostic criteria, 2 weeks of a few low symptoms…getting that once or twice is not always something abnormal or a “disease”. It can be perfectly understandable and expected and that’s also why you have such a range in cases i.e some people having one phase and it never returning, some people having many phases etc. That’s just because we are individuals with our own circumstances.

The word depression in my opinion has been poisoned because of psychiatry and has lost its value. To answer your question simply, yes I believe it is absolutely curable but it depends on the patient case. You can even see many examples of this in nature. Always remember, depression can simply be described as a low energy state. It’s remedy is everything and anything to shift the energy back to a healthy balance (positive credits). We even see this in muscle development. When muscles are malnourished and underused they contract and degenerate (atrophy/depress). With stimulation they expand and beautify (the muscles are “happy” again).

Another thing to note. We even have our own endogenous (produced by the body/brain) antidepressant neurochemicals like serotonin and anandamide which are released upon intense exercise. So both the depression of Bipolar and normal depressions can be improved or perhaps I could say overridden/overpowered/broken through and that faculty is available to every human. My point in mentioning this is that labels like “treatment-resistant” depression are a contradiction. If you do the right actions that arouse your nervous system and positive neurochemicals, like anandamide, you can shift the energy balance to a healthier state (positive energy credits and thus heightened emotions).

Always remember at the heart of your depression is an irritant or many irritants, you have to learn what they are and credit your energy balance to get into optimum moods. In my experience of modern psychiatry they weren’t too interested in looking at my life holistically. They were just interested in the surface and chemicals. But the reality is, if you don’t treat someone holistically, you make a compromise on results, sometimes a big compromise. But you as a human are so much more than a soup of chemicals.

I remember being paralyzed in bed incredibly depressed when I was younger. It was because I was paralyzed by my obsessive thoughts (thankfully I don’t get like that anymore). My point is, depression revolves around an irritant or irritants. Until that is responded to you won’t “cure” or improve the situation. Although that particular cause of depression is separate to MDD, the point was there is always an irritant, and irritants are VARIABLE as opposed to being simply a “chemical imbalance”. Energy shifting high or low has VARIABLE causes.

Another very important principle that needs to be understood. From a general perspective, all psychiatric symptoms are subject to different levels of control and how well you control them is a subject of its own. However it is important for you to know, this range of control has a top and a bottom from “elimination” right at the top to “permanence” at the bottom. Your symptoms, together with your case fall somewhere in that range and what decides your level of control highly depends on your case and what actions and resources are in your power to support higher levels on that range. Also it depends on how well you respond to treatment principles.

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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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Mania, Energy and the Natural World

Mania and depression are two opposite mood extremes that are associated with Bipolar Disorder. If you look into nature we have many examples of such distinct extremes to help us break down the problem and understand what is going on.

First understand that Mania is typically understood to be an extreme, abnormal and unhealthy rise in energy levels where the sufferer is going towards the “high” end of the mood spectrum. Perceived as pleasant and positive by the patient but in reality is negative and harmful.

There are many examples of a negative rise in energy levels we see in the world. Epileptic fits are a rise in uncontrollable energy expression (how amazing that anti-epileptics are also used for Bipolar Disorder).

If your child is having a tantrum, do you let them continue or do you stop them? Guess what, you are supposed to be careful stopping epileptic fits too…think about that.

What about anger? comes out like the steam of a kettle that doesn’t want to be bottled up….

What about when you answer the call of nature…what goes in, must come out….

Bringing it back to the topic of Mania. Understand that we are creatures of input and output. What we perceive and consume goes into us. If you experience a bad memory, it’s now a part of you. If someone hurts you, it’s now a part of you. If these two negative psychological injuries fuse within you then they aren’t being processed and excreted which is comparable to not being able to relieve yourself after eating or drinking…

Mania has three categories or stages that may be experienced when I last checked online. Hypomania (mild stage, not always a problem), Acute mania (Stage II, problematic with loss of impulse control, sometimes not connected to reality and can have psychosis), Delirious mania (Stage III, this person has gone extreme and needs to be hospitalized. They are a danger to themselves and others).

Understand that our emotional expressions/moods are within a continuum (a continuous sequence with the opposite extremes being very different). Like the weather (extremely cold, cold, slightly cold, warm, slightly hot, hot, extremely hot etc).

Observe an adult arguing with someone or a coffee lover who’s had too much caffeine. Generally when moods become negative and similar in nature, they can be described with similar terminology. Angry people jump from topic to topic just as manic people do. Angry people have pressured speech and speak quickly just as manic people do. Angry people can become dangerous just as manic people can.

Neutralizing extreme moods isn’t limited to the science of chemistry. Chemistry is useful in certain cases though. But to isolate Bipolar symptoms to an issue of chemicals alone is problematic. Pills are physical objects but Psychiatrists also tell their patients to apply Non-physical health principles to avoid triggering episodes such as a healthy sleep wake routine, a healthy diet, good family and social relations and avoiding stress. Every case is unique.

Next time you see a child having a tantrum or an adult having a heated argument, you are somewhat observing a type of manic episode.

The point of this post was to open the mind and present examples from nature to give a taste of the anatomy of manic episodes and how they are neutralized.