7 thoughts on “Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Bipolar Linked to Other Neurological Disorders?

  • August 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I have BP II disorder and also some anxiety “tendencies” and ADD. I never had ADD before I was diagnosed with BP II, but I was told by my psychologist that 25% of BP patients also have ADD and that the psych term for that was a “co-morbid” condition. I just thought I’d share that. Thanks for an interesting article!!

  • August 8, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I’m in my 64th year, and have been a clinician since 1978. A couple of years ago I was hospitalized briefly because a lung infection looked like it might have been TB. I contracted a brand-new hospital related disease that’s outraced all others, but is yet to be publicized (the FDA takes so long). It’s called C-Difficile. It damn near killed me. Since then I’ve been sent to a variety of specialists, been taken by paramedics to various hospitals (no, they don’t communicate). I, too, picked up a Bipolar Dx. along the way. With all of the seizures, etc. I was prescribed tons of anticonvulsants. during one of my infrequent lucid moments, I lined up all of the medications and checked out the side effects. The side effects were SEIZURES. The treatment of choice for C-Difficile, which is common with hospitalization since it is airborn and doesn’t respond to general hospital sanitization procedures, is to avoid meds in general, and go with a probiotic diet. I’ve done so, and dumped all the meds. Thank God I had the wherewithal to check out this stuff online. Of COURSE every condition is comorbid with something else. When you hurt, you feel like crap. When you feel like crap, you don’t want to do anything, and it’s labeled as depression. When you fall down, you get badly bruised. When you get bruised, you can’t sleep. When you can’t hold food or liquid, like touching a hot stove, your body learns to never feel hunger. Not eating causes malnutrition. That Malnutrition causes extreme weakness and seizures…and etc. Systems theory would call that a “convergence of events”. There is no one “cause”. To paraphrase a famous system theorist’s last words (two days before he died), “You’ve been handed a life full of anxiety. Do the best you can with it, and when you believe you’re right, go with it…” I think he meant that it would be in our interests to truly put the latest evolutionary development–the neocortex–to use rather than rely completely upon the “experts”. Do your own research with the meds. find out for yourself what works. Keep a log. Experiment. It’s YOUR body. Take my word for it…there’s NO questions at all when you meet someone that’s truly manic.

  • August 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Also another neurological condition my brother has & I am being tested for due to acute pain that the pain management doc can’t identify the source from is SCA8 (Google it & you can get the full long name) but it also has psychiatric conditions associated w/it as well as symptoms like ALS & no treatment or cure.

  • August 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    After several different psychiatric diagnoses of bipolar II, I must post here you may be on to something. I also have chronic headaches with no cause and severe IBS and colitis symptoms. Many blood tests have shown markers for inflammation and a colonoscopy found some inflammation. My current psychiatrist administering my meds also believes bipolar is neurological.

  • March 31, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I’ve had rapid cycling bipolar 1 for twenty years or better. Medications don’t work as they are supposed to for me which leaves me to wonder just how much permanent damage has been done. When I have mania I have highs so high I experience psychosis. Now at almost forty I have been experiencing bilateral numbness in my hands and arms as well as crippling joint pain and stiffness. A CT scan of the brain showed abnormalities of the right basal ganglia consistent with advanced age. A MRI showed lesions bilaterally in the temporal lobe in the deep white matter. I was tested for MS and Rheumatoid Arthritis (to the extent that testing exists) and they could not diagnose me. I’m still in pain daily to the degree of not being able to get out of bed some days. I’ve lost my job due to my symptoms but supposedly will get to try ECT in the near future as soon as they have time to call and get me scheduled. I have also developed a benign thyroid tumor and gained a significant amount of weight after about seven months on lithium. My neurologist refuses to discuss the possibility that my bipolar disorder is related as they say that is the job for psychiatry. They don’t believe neurology and psychiatry overlap even though the brain is one organ. And mood swings aren’t just feeling happy or sad, like many people think. There are very physical symptoms associated with bipolar mania and depression. It’s almost as if you are two different people. I went to the ER once with what I thought must be a thyroid storm. I had not slept in days. I was wide awake and moving constantly. My speech was rapid and I was suddenly extremely euphoric where I had been in such a severe depression I couldnt think or get out of bed. The ER in my rural area tested my thyroid but they said it showed, if anything, that I might have a little hypothyroidism. Nothing at all that would cause me to stand outside in the middle of the night in 20 degree weather to cool off as I was sweating profusely. Anyway I was so glad to read that someone else suffers from chronic pain and feels as frustrated by the lack of answers that I do.


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