Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

An assortment of drugs, including 150mg Effexo...Image via WikipediaBipolar Disorder has been in the news a lot lately, new drugs, understandings, findings - it seems people can not get enough of it. In some way this can be good, a blessing so to speak; now maybe people will understand and take notice that the stigma does not need to stand any longer.

While that is true, the down side is that those who are putting this disorder in the news are also finding new medications for it, and for some new diagnosis to make sure more people fit the diagnosis. An attempt, maybe by drug companies to collect more money through telling more people they are ill.

So, while the stigma may be finally finding a light, at the same time it is being shot down even further by those who want to give more people medication for disorders/illnesses they do not have, in turn opening up the path for more and more people to use it as an excuse for things they do by their own free will.

Bp seems now to be one of the top 5 most researched disorders at the present time, opening the publics view to a disorder that seems to have a life of its own.

When I first wrote this post back in September of last year, I was first beginning to notice the increasing news reports. Today, there seems to be no end in sight in the fascination with Bipolar - while I find this good, in a way, I wonder if maybe it is simply "jumping on the band wagon." We'll see I guess.
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