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Old 04-02-2005, 09:19 AM   #1
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Bipolar and the brain

Do they know what part of the brain is affected or might cause bipolar? I was just wondering if half of the brain is less developed than the other, if that had anything to do with bipolar.

Just curious

 
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:12 AM   #2
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Re: Bipolar and the brain

I have heard theroys about such a thing. Let's all donate our brains to science. This could help.
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:19 AM   #3
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Re: Bipolar and the brain

They can have mine, I don't use it all too much! Lori

 
Old 04-02-2005, 11:24 AM   #4
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Re: Bipolar and the brain

Lori, you're such a hoot!

I agree with Mud, though.

Hi, Grace.

I've read some theories, as well, but don't really know any specifics. My apologies. All very interesting.
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:55 PM   #5
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Re: Bipolar and the brain

Hey Grace19,

According to Mcmanweb.com, "brain imaging studies and studies of post-mortem brains do show smaller volumes in certain parts of the brain and larger volumes in others for bipolar patients, which may affect learning and memory and function." Also, other research I have done states that bipolar is a "chemical imbalance in the brain," meaning that the imbalance of chemicals are what cause poor functioning of the brain which then affects both the mood, as well as the ability to function "normally." Although scientists have not yet pin-pointed the location in the brain that affects bipolar people, in my opinion it seems it must have to do with the part(s) of the brain that controls different functions. Most scientists agree that it is commonly hereditary, but what's confusing is that not everyone gets it. If the gene for bipolar is dominant in an individual, then it is hidden.. until it is set off by a trigger (such as stress.) Anyways that's all I know for now. Hope this helped!

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Old 04-08-2005, 07:53 AM   #6
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Re: Bipolar and the brain

Good point, Mollie...

Once "triggered", neural pathways can develop that increase the potential for "episodes" - which is a major argument for intervention (medication)... Thought is a physiologically supported endeavor, dependent upon neuro-transmitters to bridge the gaps between dendrites (minute nerve fiber endings that allow the communications of our central processors)... As we "experience" / "learn" anything ~ physical pathways are formed... Once formed, thinking/mood more easilly "go there"... Did that make sense ???

If not...

It's probably like the sign I had over the inside of the front door, in my old house in Sacramento:

" Of all the things I've lost in life ~ I miss my mind, the most !!! "

Therefore, I cannot donate it for scientific research ...


~ M* ~

 
Old 04-08-2005, 06:48 PM   #7
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Re: Bipolar and the brain

i read somewhere that we have 30% more brain cells than a "normal" brain...dont remmeber where i read that....hmm, obviously not memory cells...

 
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