Bi-polar Disease

Written by Norene Anderson
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Bi-Polar disease is a major disorder that is characterized by episodes of mania and depression. One or the other phase may be predominant at any given time. The episodes may alternate, or they may both be present at the same time. Some of the characteristics observed may include extreme emotional displays, euphoria, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, decreased need for sleep, and frequent delusions of grandeur.

Recent studies have shown an association between low levels of omega-3 fatty acids and depression. Depression is the "down" side of Bi-polar disease and researchers have successfully used fish oil supplementation to treat bipolar disorder. Studies have clearly shown that in countries where there is a high level of fish consumption the cases of depression are less than other countries. Therefore, the conclusion is that normalizing the level of omega-3 fatty acids in the brain can have a positive effect on this mental disease.

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Traditional medical treatments may include the use of antidepressant and antianxiety drugs or even the use of electroconvulsive therapy if at risk for suicide. It is critical to be evaluated by a healthcare professional qualified in mental health to obtain an accurate diagnosis before any treatment is started. Your physician is the best qualified to direct you in selecting alternative supplements for bipolar disorder.

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