Interesting similarities/links between bipolar disorder & other conditions

I’ve done a bit of research in the past about dissociative symptoms, migraines, bipolar disorder, seizure disorders and pseudo seizures, and even fibromyalgia. There are an uncanny number of  similarities/links between them in some peoples’ experiences. Some (not all necessarily common to all) are as follows:

  • Many are sometimes treated with anticonvulsants (i.e. Depakote, Tegretol, Lamictal, Neurontin aka gabapentin, etc.)
  • Many sometimes include “aura-like” beginnings before “episodes” begin
  • The “Kindling Effect” is relevant to many of these conditions
  • “Out of body experiences” may be had as part of many of these
  • Various types of hallucinations may be experienced as part of many of these (i.e. visual, auditory, space-time distortions, deja vu, oflactory, musical, etc.)
  • Types of amnesia (like en block or fragmentary blackouts) or memory issues, as part of many, for some
  • Many have similar stressors/triggers (i.e. light, types of stress, hormonal changes, others)
  • Anxiety and/or depression may occur as part of, or as a result of many of the mentioned
  • Psychological and/or physical trauma linked to triggering start of many of these disorders
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia, hypersomnia) may play a role in many of these
  • Hypergraphia in some bipolar disorder moods & some Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) experiences
  • Hyper religiosity and intense spiritual experiences in some bipolar disorder moods and TLE experiences
  • Some brain scans look quite similar in people with bipolar disorder and TLE after some mood states/experiences
  • Various speech related dysfunctions during certain episodes and/or forms of the disorder (stuttering, perseveration, circumstantial speech, etc.)
  • In some of these cases, people with one (or more) of the above-mentioned conditions, also frequently have a higher percent chance of having another, than the general public (for example, people with bipolar disorder have a higher incidence of migraines)

The brain is a very interesting organ!

Note: I’m sorry I have not included references for the above. If anyone wishes to be directed to any, for particular disorder/syndrome links, please let me know.

4 thoughts on “Interesting similarities/links between bipolar disorder & other conditions

  1. Darlene July 25, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    Glad to read your writing again….extremely interesting comparison findings. You have been busy. 💖💐

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    • updownflight July 25, 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Darlene! I’ve had some major difficulty writing for my blog. This is not as complete as I would like, but sometimes posting something helps get the ball rolling. I may add on to it at a later date.

      I hope you are doing well.

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      • bipolartaxi July 28, 2019 / 2:04 am

        Really enjoy the blog. I can relate. I make a lot of edits to my original blog posts. Sometimes its hard to just put it down for me

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      • updownflight July 28, 2019 / 2:24 pm

        Thank you, bipolartaxi! That’s interesting that you mentioned editing. Even though I’ve struggled to write new content, I have spent time editing my posts recently and thinking about them from a different spot in my life.

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