May
2014

Guest Post > Is Intelligence Linked to Bipolar?

Today’s post comes via a guest post from Slayton Jacob. Guest posts of instructional nature are always welcome!

What is Bipolar Disorder?

-Bipolar disorder is an illness whose symptom is changing moods, between elation and depression. -Typically, as the emotional level of the subject changes from low to high, there is increased activity in the brain’s frontal lobe. This part of the mind is known for controlling creativity. -Scientists suspect that one gene, known as DARPP-32 creates the link between mental illness and intelligence. -This link between different intelligence levels and bipolar, with regard to the research done by scientists is explained below.

Studies Done on Bipolar Disorder
-By 2012, approximately 30 scientific studies that found links between mental illness and creativity were done. These studies may have an effect on the way mental illness and in particular bipolar disorder is understood and treated. -In one study, researchers found that the smartest Swedish students were four times more likely to develop bipolar disorder. In another study, the intelligence of an excess of a million Swedish men was assessed in the course of their military conscription. -The parameters considered included spatial, verbal, logical and technical subsets. The results showed a strong relationship between high intelligence and bipolar disorder in the next 23 years. -On the other hand, when the research was restricted to males suffering from bipolar disorder and mood disorder, the relationship between being admitted for bipolar disorder as well as low and high intelligence levels was significant. Researchers are still searching for explanations for these conflicting results.

The Relationship Linking Bipolar to Low Intelligence
-In an interview with Psychiatric News, Catherine Gale, Ph.D. noted that both subjective and historical reports linked high intelligence and creativeness with bipolar. -In the case of the relationship between low intelligence levels and bipolar disorder, she said that many research studies have found that lower intelligence can be associated with a high risk of developing numerous mental disorders. -Therefore, the finding that lower intelligence levels can be associated with a high risk of developing bipolar disorder was in order.

Low and High Verbal and Technical Ability and its Effect on Bipolar
-When Gale together with other researchers studied the link between results on the IQ subsets and bipolar disorder, they discovered that both low and high verbal ability as well as varying technical ability, although to a lower extent, were linked with a heightened risk of developing bipolar disorder. -However, there was no risk in males with varying rational abilities. This was a surprise for the researchers since it is common for individuals who excel in one subset to perform well in others. -Despite the advantages of bipolar disorder, such as an overflow in productive and creative thinking, there is a downside. Sufferers of the condition may end up abusing substances and drugs, and in extreme cases, commit suicide.

Insuring Your Mental Health
-The European Health Insurance Card or EHIC allows a person to access health services at a reduced charge or for free. It covers the needed treatment in order to allow a person continue their stay in the country until their return time arrives. -It is critical that immigrants to European countries get an EHIC to give them travel insurance for their healthcare in case they get a mental illness such as bipolar disorder.

Apr
2014

NEW BOOK ! The Best of the Bipolar Friend BLOG ~ A Comprehensive Bipolar Guidebook from A to Z‏

Suicide, stigmas, symptoms, relationships, dating, caregivers, communication, medication management, health and well being, creativity, healing tips, spirituality, and finding peace are all important concerns in a bipolar person’s life. This book is a must read for anyone new to- or well acquainted with bipolar. For caregivers, relatives, and friends associated with bipolar kin, this guidebook provides insights, education, and coping strategies that really help.

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Apr
2014

Heal Your Environment, Heal Yourself

There are three primary triggers for bipolar DNA to engage and alter our body chemistry. First, we must inherit the bipolar genes. Second, bipolar onsets are enabled by hormones changes, or other body chemistry upsets. Third, the stresses in our environment can and will trigger bipolar mood swings.

Environmental stress in today’s society is a given. No one is without pressure. Jobs, families, social situations, health and money conditions present stress to our body. Eliminate the stresses and you will alleviate bipolar symptoms. This is much easier said than done.

Recognizing stress to our bodies AND recognizing the source can be difficult because as humans we get conditioned to our environment. We fall into habits, routines, and patterns that can create discomfort to our lives. By choice and circumstance we allow ourselves to become entrenched in the dynamics of a social dance inside our relationships. Unhealthy relationships are caustic to us bipolar folks.

Most people with bipolar are typically hyper sensitive to their environments. When social situations pit you against your intuition and better judgment it causes stress. An unhealthy relationship can be one that stagnates growth and awareness; one that is void of empathy and understanding; one that triangulates you against others; or one that uses a bipolar diagnosis against you. Relationship challenges come in all shapes and sizes. If the paradigm becomes crippling to you, your health, and your bipolar is in constant turmoil, it maybe time for a complete change.

Only you knows whats good for your health. Taking a good long look at uncomfortable patterns and how these shape your bipolar mood swings is the first step towards awareness. Next, if you have taken action to heal or change your partnership with another and these attempts have failed, a reassessment is in order.

Healing relationships starts with you. There are a number of ways to good health for your body and your mind. Counseling, mediation, honest reciprocal communication, along with healthy eating habits and exercise all help heal. But, if the stress is unending, you will need to take the initiative to step away.

Environments can help cure, or they can kill. Make your choice a conscious one.

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Mar
2014

Bipolar + Estrangement = A Helping Hand 4 YOU !

Bipolar is difficult enough on a family. The disease can erode and devastate relationships. A person’s bipolar can become the scapegoat and a biased culprit. In extreme cases, victims may succumb to separation, divorce, and family estrangement.

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Estranged: Coping Strategies

Estranged: Coping Strategies for (Grand) Parents is a collection of healing truths. This guide helps you navigate difficult times. This book provides solid tools for coping and recovery, and puts life back into perspective to take care of yourself first.

The Estrangement Arrangement

The Estrangement Arrangement: Twisted Lessons in Love puts one family’s very public performance on the spot to help others heed their lessons and learn. This book continues to share healing strategies and stresses that our choices have significant consequences and impact to others.

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Mar
2014

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Feb
2014

Bipolar People Read Too!

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C O W B O Y * from * D R E W S E Y

A serious online relationship quickly turns tempestuous once Cairn meets Cliff. His home sits deep inside the rugged terrain of central eastern Oregon. Cowboy country challenges the city girl in Cairn, but she is determined to prove herself tough. When a drastic happenstance brings Cairn’s best friend, Kelly, to this tantalizing outback, serendipity unfolds. This is a heart felt story of second chances, renewal, and love. It is an encounter that can happen to anybody, even to you!

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Feb
2014

Awakenings = Kundalini and Bipolar

Those who have had a full Kundalini awakening or Shamanism, experience what Bipolar folks live. The bodily effects and functions of both are astoundingly similar.

People seek out yoga, meditation, spiritual masters and more to help “open” their dormant spiritual energy that dwells within. For Bipolars attaining this energetic state comes natural. If one is skilled, this energy can be harnessed and mastered. Retaining the correct frequency of dynamic productivity is truly an art form. It is one that can be honed and cultivated.

We are at our basic level > vibration, and thus essentially energy. We can by nature’s design- or our own discipline tap our inner resources. And what we do with it can be awe-inspiring.

Awakening to a mystical experience can be frightening. If the onset is spontaneous, you may have little preparation for what to expect. Symptoms can parallel Bipolar characteristics. Please educate yourself to the attributes that accompany having both Bipolar Disorder and/or a spiritual awakening. The sensations maybe confusing as both carry incredibly related patterns.

How do you know if you are Bipolar vs. having a spontaneous awakening? Get educated. Read. Talk to others. Seek professional help if you are dealing with serious side effects. The answer lies within each person alone. Learn to listen closely to your body. There are subtle physiological and natural messages that will help guide you. Diligence is key to finding answers.

For those who are NOT Bipolar and wish to tamper with nirvana, I warn this >> be careful what you ask for.

SEE this insightful YOUTUBE video The Kundalini of Bipolar Disorder