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Unipolar and Bipolar Disorder-The Underlying Cause

Causes of unipolar and bipolar disorders

Unipolar is characterized by bouts of intense sadness so severe it causes depression to the point of wretched despair. Daily activities  become affected, or seriously interrupted, making life abundantly unbearable. It is not entirely understood what causes Unipolar Depression,

But many believe it is neurotransmitters in the brain that have malfunctioned causing the person to become crippled with depression. Being genetically disposed to depression or other mood disorders are highly likely other causes for unipolar depression. With Unipolar there is no mania present, just depression.

Bipolar Disorder on the other hand,  is a mood disorder of extreme highs and devastating lows with normal (level) episodes in between, with or without psychosis. Many people want to deny that a chemical imbalance exists, but there are studies of the bipolar brain showing imaging that points to a chemical imbalance of the brain.


It is not fully understood exactly how you become Bipolar, but like Unipolar it can be inherited, and handed down to from generation to generation. With bipolar you may experience such euphoria, you believe you are God, and the crashing depression often leads to suicide. Finding a balance between the two is crucial to well-being.


Unipolar Depression

If for instance your mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you also may develop it, or it may skip a generation, thus leaving your child predisposed to developing unipolar or bipolar disorder. There are other theories on the cause of unipolar and bipolar disorder. Unipolar depression can have many underlying causes. Certain medications such as pain killers, and even anxiety medications can cause depression, environmental causes such as a tragic loss, financial difficulties, stress at work, a disability, job loss or any number of things.

There is a link between the chemicals  serotonin and norepinephrine at low levels that may be the cause of depression. Unlike bipolar disorder, which too much norepinephrine may cause manic episodes. If there is not enough serotonin in the brain, this could very well be the underlying cause of an underlying mood disorder.

So in essence, the underlying cause of unipolar and bipolar are somewhat perplexing. Many people are adamantly  against the chemical imbalance in the brain, and others are happy to have a root cause for the illness. Using imaging like MRI's and CT scans are still in the inception stages, but the science of these tests are slowly showing new ways to diagnose unipolar and bipolar disorder correctly.

Take a look at the High Definition Brain SPECT Imaging here...



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Written by crazybeanrider, 2 years ago
Thank you Tracy, yes many people find they are often able to put their lives back together after treatment. Medications oftentimes can be uncomfortable so many don't want to pursue that avenue. But sticking to a treatment plan is one way to find a balance.
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Written by tracysmith159, 2 years ago
I read many stories about bipolar and many people are very happy after they get treatment. One lady refused to take medication for 10 years, now she wished she didn't wait so long. She is very happy with treatment.
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Written by crazybeanrider, 2 years ago
Depression of any kind can be serious, and unfortunately some people do need medication. And it doesn't hurt to have a celebrity speak out about their illness in positive ways, it helps in some ways combat that stigma.
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Written by careercounselor, 2 years ago
When actress Catherine Zeta-Jones announced in April this year that she was bipolar it really brought the issue to light for many people.
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Written by Angelgirlpj, 2 years ago
It affects everyone around you. From personal experience and seeing how this this disorder can be, it is nothing to play with. If you need medication, get on it and stay on it.
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Written by crazybeanrider, 2 years ago
Thank you, you have a great insight many people don't.
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Written by PMBenfield, 2 years ago
Orthomolecular treatment makes so much sense to me, the problem is that it is expensive and hard to find. You sound like you are trying to act responsibly about your disorder which takes acceptance. Many people don't and that is why they have so many problems adapting. It is not an easy journey but there is hope!
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Written by crazybeanrider, 2 years ago
Thank you PMBenfield. Yes I do agree that mood disorders are treatable, most often with medication and therapy. There are alternative options that work well for some people if they are willing to explore them. Unfortunately they are often expensive, and take a lot of work. I have tried orthomolecular treatments and did fairly well for brief periods, but found bipolar medications, diet, exercise and therapy work best for me. If I could do the NO MED route I would be happy, but that doesn't work for me.
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Written by PMBenfield, 3 years ago
Bipolar depression and unipolar is treatable but I personally believe it is a combination of treatments that a person needs to follow (not just medication). Your article was very interesting and did well to explain the differences between unipolar and bipolar.
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Written by crazybeanrider, 3 years ago
I can attest to the seriousness of bipolar depression...I have bipolar 1...I don't know if unipolar is so much curable as it is treatable. I know folks who have been on antidepressants for years to combat their unipolar depression...They go off the meds and the cycle of depression starts back up, while others are successful with their round of medications...

Thank you for your input, I appreciate your comments...
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Written by Jasmine, 3 years ago
You said it right: a person becomes crippled with depression. Both types are difficult to endure, but bipolar depression is much more seriuos. Also, I believe unipolar depression is curable and bipolar can be held under control, but not really cured.

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