The article “An Overview of the Neurological Base of Bipolar Disorder” published October, 2017 in the Journal of Childhood & Developmental Disorders is inaccurate and misleading.
It sounds scientific, but contains too many errors to be of any use to anyone wanting to understand the basic history of Manic Depression.
Related post: Brief History of Bipolar Diagnoses – From Rare to Common.
And we will start with that – bipolar disorder is a new category of illnesses created to drug more folks and market antipsychotic medication in 1994 via the DSM 4.
The term “bipolar disorder” is not synonymous with Manic Depression as it has been identified from its inception.
But that is the driving force today, to meld all the new bipolar spectrum labels with actual Manic Depression, mainly to cover up iatrogenic illness (your doctor made you sick) created by psychotropic medications.
So they can give you a new label and more drugs. And publish more joke studies like this one, to appease Big Pharma and make more cash: Bipolar Patients Have Toxic Blood.
And not have to take responsibility for their actions. Make it more difficult to be sued for killing and disabling hundreds of thousands of children, teens, young adults, adults, and elderly every year.
Etiology of the Disorder from the Neurological Perspective
That sounds fancy and impressive… but what they wrote is full of misinformation that would lead someone to get an inaccurate understanding of the history of Manic Depression.
Here are a few quotes that contained false and misleading information:
Misleading Information and Error #1
“However the use of lithium in the United States took decades since psychotherapy overtook the psychiatric approach of the illness.”
No – the use of lithium was banned in the U.S. by FDA in 1949 because of patient deaths from the drug, because of its known toxicity.
Nothing to do with psychoanalysis vs. pharmacology theories overtaking psychiatrists approach to the illness.
Related post: Neuroprotective Properties of Lithium.
Misleading Information and Error #2
“Lithium not only treats the mania episodes, it also prevents their recurrence in BD patients.”
No again. There is no actual research that shows lithium prevents recurrence of mania. Yes, it treats a manic episode by calming a seriously disturbed patient.
I should know, I’ve was one a few times, but long-term use is severely harmful and does not ‘cure’ mania. My book has my full story plus 10 alternative treatments that can help a sufferer heal: Bipolar 1 Disorder – How to Survive and Thrive.
And see the error of the use of BP? Only Manic Depression has mania. Bipolar disorder is a category containing just about every mood issue under the sun – created to drug more folks.
Misleading Information and Error #3
“He (Sigmund Freud) saw BD as an illness of the mind and not outcome of the composition of the brain.”
Freud from my understanding believed there was a biological basis to Manic Depression, due to the inability to successfully treat patients with psychoanalysis.
Misleading Information and Error #4
“According to the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Description- DSM IV the Bipolar Disorder (DSM-IV-TR #296.0–296.89) is described clinically as an illness that presents two episodes: a manic episode and a depressive episode.”
Again, mania is only seen in Manic Depression – and only included in DSM associated with Bipolar 1 Disorder. The above is not describing ‘bipolar disorder’ (a broad category of illness) but Manic Depression.
Hypomania used to diagnose BP-2 is not even close to mania. Actual Manic Depression is very different from other bipolar labels.
Major depression can be severe, intermittent, etc. but is not Manic Depression either.
“The essential feature of Bipolar I Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Manic Episodes or Mixed Episodes.”
“The essential feature of Bipolar II Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Major Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Hypomanic Episode.”
Misleading Information and Error #5
“Bipolar disorder requires lifelong treatment, even during periods when the patient feels better,”
No, it does not and many heal and live very normal lives. Manic Depression is episodic, and some experience only one episode, or few episodes, and find ways to heal.
Those diagnosed with bipolar spectrum illness (BP-2, cyclothymic) primarily experience depression and there are many, many causes of depression and ways to treat.
Depression is not a genetic-based illness, Manic Depression has been shown to have a genetic basis.
Do you start to get how this works? And what they’ve done to simply diagnose and drug a larger portion of the population? Is criminal.
There are many more errors – you can read the full article here: Journal of Childhood & Developmental Disorders.
Misinformation Leads to Misunderstanding
The problem with misinformation – and outright intentionally deceptive medical research – is that it leads to people being led to believe they have an illness they do not have, and to think they have to take medications they do not have to take.Bipolar Disorder Spectrum Labels Are Used to Make Someone Believe They Have an Illness They Do Not… Click To Tweet
And it prevents understanding of actual Manic Depression, prevents progress in non-toxic treatments and non-toxic preventative care to the very small number of folks who have it and their children.
All it does (what it is designed to do) is allow psychologists and psychiatrists who are incompetent in helping patients suffering from various forms of mental distress – or from actual physical illness causing mental illness symptoms – be able to give a label.
Give a label, lie about a chemical imbalance, and make money from psychotropic medications.