New information about bipolar disorder is being discovered on a regular basis with specialists desperate for a cure or even a reason of its existence. One of the key areas of research involves the brain, its chemistry and which is believed to eventually lead us to an exact cause of bipolar disorder among other mental illnesses. While we work to find more on the disease we can somewhat rest now knowing more on how and why medications, that do seem to work great, help.
Current information seems to suggest that the symptoms of bipolar disorder are generally thought to be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. The exact way medications prescribed to treat the disease work is at this time unknown. The brain works basically by processing and transmitting information. A constant stream of information moves back and forth between the brains central nervous system and the rest of the body. This information is carried by a network of nerves. In order to move this information from one cell to the next, nerve cells release chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Two of the key neurotransmitters that are crucial to this information transmission are dopamine and serotonin, which also play a crucial role in emotional health. The most recent bipolar information theorizes that when the levels of these neurotransmitters aren’t quite right, it may result in the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Specifically as regards dopamine, too much dopamine in certain parts of the brain has been shown to cause delusions and hallucination, too little in other parts can cause depression.
Information from the bipolar research indicates that the way most effective medications work is by adjusting the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain to help prevent bipolar symptoms. You can read more about the believed causes, symptoms, and cures of bipolar disorder at the Juvenile Bipolar Research website, www.bpchildresearch.org.