And So The Hard Work Begins…

1 06 2010

Having published my theory on Bipolar Affective Disorder, I now have to actually begin the hard work of proving or disproving, or even enhancing, parts of the theory. To this end I’m going to begin with looking at the possibility of making available to all professionals, from GPs all the way up to psychiatrists, a diagnostic survey which would allow them to make a more educated guess as to diagnosis and therefore apply the correct treatment earlier.

In order to follow this line I propose the following:

There have been several surveys released as part of research for studies on bipolar and I believe that a considered approach to these, amongst other things could produce something that would be of great benefit. As a diagnosis tool it would provide evidence for further research, to a level which would justify the cost of something like using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging.

Whilst I’m at it, I think that there should be research into the usage of medications such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and their effect on people with Bipolar Affective Disorder. From personal experience I found that they had a negative effect, and there is some evidence to suggest that they should not be used in the treatment of those with BPAD. Don’t get me wrong, SSRIs are very effective in treatment of Major Depressive Episode and they should continue to be used for that. Unfortunately BPAD doesn’t function like MDE and so the assignment of medication based on a loose affiliation is risky, especially when the underlying function is quite different. To begin with I’ll be researching as many papers as I can as well as hopefully publishing a survey for those with a confirmed diagnosis of BPAD to take in order to see if there is any statistical link. If a link can be proved then experiments can be constructed to provide a definitive scientific basis on which to alter the standard medication regimen to something which has less chance of negative effect.

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