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  •  Bipolar is treatable, (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, fidlerten, blueoasis

    not curable.  Well, the symptoms are treatable, at least the symptoms that, as you say, society wants treated.  Not an enviable situation to be in.  Please take care of yourself as best you can.

    I could offer some ray of hope, psychiatry is making progress in leaps and bounds with newer, more targeted drugs.  Perhaps within the next decade or two, we may have a drug that allows a person to go through natural, but controlled, cycles of lows and highs.  Because artificially putting someone on a permanent plateau of 'sort-of-ok' is inhumane, IMHO.

    190 milliseconds....

    by Kingsmeg on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 08:56:21 AM PST

    •  Oh God, you know this isn't how it works, right? (2+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl, dfarrah
      Because artificially putting someone on a permanent plateau of 'sort-of-ok' is inhumane, IMHO.
      Somebody starting a mood regulator will certainly seem flatter than they did- That's kinda the point of the medication.

      But that's because normal mood range is much more limited than what that person had been experiencing.

      People on mood stabilizers still have moods. We have good days and bad days. Just like everybody else.

      we may have a drug that allows a person to go through natural, but controlled, cycles of lows and highs.
      We do. Lithium, lamictal, host of others.

      Sure, people who have been experiencing extreme mood lability will feel "flattened" by a mood stabilizer, and they have been- right into normal range, with any luck.

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