Imagine. Wearing a hair-dryer like device to help lift your depression for bipolar disorder.

Well, it's not available yet, but it's one of the many treatments under consideration for bipolar disorder. Even though it sounds as if it's a bit off the wall, researchers claim that it just may help individuals struggling with the depressive episodes of bipolar disorder.

The remarkable aspect of this discovery is the pure chance which led the scientists to it. It was 2001 at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Researchers were scanning the brains of those individuals who were in the midst of a depressive episode of bipolar disorder. While the scan was not supposed to have any beneficial effects on the symptoms of bipolar disorder - it was just an examination for the brain's chemistry - participant after participant noticed their bipolar disorder related depression was lifting.

The researchers concluded that the bipolar disorder symptom was indeed being improved by the electric fields of the brain scans. While the results are not conclusive yet, those scientists who conducted the initial study have now developed a device which looks like a hair dryer to treat depression related to bipolar disorder. It's too soon to tell how effective the device will be.

Could a drug that fights breast cancer be effective against the manic symptoms of bipolar disorder? That's just what some researchers think. They noticed that lithium and another anti-mania drug worked on bipolar disorder by inhibiting a specific enzyme. They theorized that tamoxifen which also inhibits this enzyme, may be just as effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder . Research continues to see if tamoxifen or similar drugs may help the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

And there's still one more avenue that researchers hope will help the battle against bipolar disorder. It deals with our DNA. Many medical experts explain that the real key in discovering effective treatment of bipolar disorder means getting to the heart of the problem - which may indeed lie within the double-helix of the DNA.

Recently, there's been great buzz in scientific circles about the ability to scan entire genomes in great detail. This allows researchers to uncover genetic variants that may predispose people to certain diseases - including bipolar disorder.

According to Dr. Francis McMahon of the National Institute of Mental Health, this research can expose the hidden biological underpinnings of bipolar disorder.