It can make it hard to slow down and think things through. There is some evidence that people with bipolar disorder have difficulty activating the parts of the brain involved in this mental “rehearsal.” (5)
Presently, there is no cure for bipolar disorder, but a patient will often be offered cognitive behavioral therapy coupled with medication. In addition, lifestyle changes and social support are often recommended. (3)
Researchers now believe that an understanding of neural plasticity, or the ability of a brain to change throughout an individual’s life, can provide some insight into the future of bipolar disorder treatment. The atrophy of neurons in certain brain areas could be potentially improved, which would change the path of this mental illness.
Lithium has been used to treat bipolar disorder since the ancient Greek and Romans, who discovered that using lithium salts lifted the spirits of people in a depressive episode. Still used as a treatment today, lithium can boost the levels of protein that help neurons maintain their function. (1, 3)
What an amazing example of past meets future.
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