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    There are many natural bipolar remedies being sold today that claim to cure bipolar disorder. However, if you look at these advertisements more closely, usually you will find that they are trying to get you to replace your medications with their "supplements" or "herbal remedies," which are in the form of pills. Many people with bipolar disorder already feel as if they are taking too many pills, and are turned off by these offers, yet don't know what to do. Therefore, I am going to discuss true natural bipolar remedies not using pills, which will still help you with your bipolar disorder.
    So far the drug is called simply RG2417. It's made by the Repligen Corp. and it's an oral formula of uridine, a substance that stimulates brain phosphatide synthesis. It may be the next drug in the arsenal against bipolar disorder.
    Bipolar medication—although there is a long list of many names of the medications themselves, can be classified into three basic categories. The three most important types of medication used to control the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics.
    Treatment of Bipolar Disorder depends first, of course, on correct diagnosis of the disorder. Many times, unfortunately, Bipolar Disorder is misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as the manic phase of bipolar closely mimics the symptoms of ADHD. Bipolar Disorder has also been misdiagnosed as schizophrenia, unipolar depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other mental illnesses, because they share similar symptoms.
    Studies that translate basic findings about the neural basis of temperament, mood regulation, and cognition into clinically relevant insights-which bear directly on BPD-represent a growing area of NIMH-supported research. Research is also underway to test the efficacy of combining medications with behavioral treatments like DBT, and gauging the effect of childhood abuse and other stress in BPD on brain hormones.
    Bipolar Disorder medications are used to control the symptoms of the disorder in the same way that aspirin is used to control the fever of an illness, without curing the illness itself. Bipolar Disorder is still not curable at this point; however, its symptoms are manageable through the use of medications.
    Many people self-medicate because they feel they can't afford the medications that are commonly used to treat bipolar disorder; however, in nearly all cases there is aid available to those with mental illness who need reduced price or free medications.
    Antidepressants are one of the major medication classes used in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder; however, recently antidepressants prescribed along with mood stabilizers for bipolar patients have come under controversy.
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