Bipolar Disorders by Hal Marcovitz

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Cigarette smoking is very common among bipolar patients—a 2008 study by the University of Melbourne in Australia found that more than half of the 800 bipolar patients who participated in the research proj- 59 Bipolar Disorders ect were cigarette smokers. Indeed, many bipolar patients rely heavily on cigarettes, using them as a crutch during their depressive phases and savoring the nicotine rush that smoking provides during their manic episodes. Of course, the health effects of cigarette smoking have been well documented for years—cancer, heart disease, and the lung disease emphysema are all possible outcomes of tobacco use.

If you impulse to do somehave a headache, for example, and thing else that day. the pain goes away, you stop taking medicine.  . ”38 Some bipolar patients also go off their medication because lithium and other drugs prescribed for manic depression can have side effects. Indeed, side effects for lithium include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, lack of coordination, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, slurred speech, and trembling. Some bipolar patients find themselves trying to make their way through life in a drugged daze.

Not only brings it on earlier, it worsens its course and makes it (harder) to treat. ” —Kay Redfield Jamison, quoted in Joe Saraceno, “A Troubled Life on the Line,” USA Today, February 3, 2005. Jamison is a professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. “ The ramifications of bipolar disorder include a significant economic toll, as well as family disruption, caregiver stress, and an individual burden encompassing [other] illnesses, substance abuse, poor functionality, and high suicide risk.

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