My 32-year-old husband has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A brilliant computer engineer, he often travels abroad for work and is doing very well for himself. However, since the last few years, I have noticed a visible change in his behavior. He has become moody and withdrawn, gets irritated, throws tantrums and loses his temper too often, for unexplained reasons. Though he has always been a bit of a loner, nowadays, he refuses to participate in any social function. We have two children but he is hardly interested in their affairs. Recently, after approaching a psychiatrist for treatment, he has started taking tablets like Pacitone and Serenace. But with medication, he feels drowsy and sluggish throughout the day. Is there a remedy in homoeopathy for bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder or mood disorder is also known as manic depressive psychosis. It derives its name from the extreme mood swings (poles) that the patient goes through – from euphoria to depression. During the euphoric stage, the patient experiences heightened physical and mental activity and energy and expresses grandiose ideas coupled with increased talking. The patient may also experience total sleeplessness and fatigue. Ideally, an alert parent or spouse must consult a doctor at this stage. During the depressive phase, the patient becomes | melancholic, dull, withdrawn, restless and irritable.
There is a marked decrease in his concentration! And he experiences feelings of guilt and helplessness. He may even contemplate suicide and may actually attempt it. At times, the patient may experience a mixed state wherein the symptoms of mania and depression surface simultaneously. Although the exact cause is not known, it appears that multiple factors interact with each other to produce a chemical imbalance of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Bipolar disorder often runs in families suggesting a genetic component. Above all, a stressful environment and negative life events like a broken engagement or relationship, a sudden bereavement, failure in exams or a sudden death of a loved one, can take a toll on the person’s system and eventually lead to such problems. Homoeopathy zeroes in on the genetic evolution of a disease and the trigger factors that are responsible for an acute flare-up. By studying the patient’s constitution and his predispositions minutely, a homeopath arrives at a specific remedy for the individual patient. Considering the nature of your husband’s illness and the medicines he is taking, you must consult an experienced homeopath at the earliest, which will carefully monitor your husband’s condition while initiating the treatment. This may be done in conjunction with his psychiatrist. Do not fear. Bipolar disorders can be very well treated and your husband can lead a normal and socially compatible life.