Posted by Maxime on October 5, 2010, at 19:24:10
In reply to Re: Q: Do psychiatrist gives us mania by accident? » huxley, posted by Conundrum on September 26, 2010, at 10:26:50
Yes I do. Prozac is one culprit and Effexor is another. Sometimes it happens a low dose, and other times it the result of prescribing too high a dosage.
And yes,this does alter our brains. Once a person has experienced mania, it is very likely that it can happen again. It's called kindling. First,
the name "kindling" was chosen because the process is likened to a log fire.It might be suitable fuel for a fire, is very hard to set afire in the first place. But surround it by smaller, easy to light pieces of wood - kindling - and set these blazing, and soon the log itself will catch fire.
In bipolar disorder initial periods of cycling may begin with an environmental stressor, but if the cycles continue or occur unchecked, the brain becomes kindled or sensitized - pathways inside the central nervous system are reinforced so to speak - and future episodes of depression, hypomania, or mania will occur by themselves (independently of an outside stimulus), with greater and greater frequency. In other words, brain cells that have been involved in an episode once are more likely to do so again, and more cells will become sensitized over time. For example, there is evidence that the more mood episodes a person has, the harder it is to treat each subsequent episode... thus taking the kindling analogy one step further: that a fire which has spread is harder to put out.
Bipolar Type 2, ED-NOS, Self-hatred
Being happy doesn´t mean the pain is gone. you just bury it deeper.