People who suffer from bipolar disorder often experience feelings of confusion and disorientation.
That’s why researchers are now looking at ways to help them better manage these symptoms.
But if that doesn’t work, the treatment options for people with bipolar disorder can be quite limited.
In fact, research shows that some people with the condition experience a degree of psychosis when their symptoms don’t subside completely.
But there’s hope.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have now found that a simple tweak to one of the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder—fear—can help people with severe mood swings.
That means the treatment can help those who struggle to regulate their anxiety levels and manage their moods.
The research, published online in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, shows that the treatment works by making people think about their thoughts and feelings in a new way.
The researchers also found that the treatments helped some people manage their fear better, but they found that only a small proportion of people with depression, anxiety and panic disorder who received the treatment successfully had improved their symptoms.
While some people may not see immediate benefits from the treatment, the findings have a lot of potential for improving the lives of people living with bipolar disorders.
“There are so many people who suffer with depression and anxiety, and they are very, very likely to get into the manic phase or even the depressive phase,” says co-author and doctoral candidate David Wieser, Ph.
D. “We don’t know how much of the illness is caused by changes in the brain or how much is caused either by changes to the environment or changes in brain chemistry.”
What’s the best way to manage your anxiety?
According to Wiesers team, one of those changes could be to focus on your emotions and thoughts.
“People with bipolar have an exaggerated sense of fear,” says Wiessers co-researcher, Michael Ochsner.
“And they’re going to find it very difficult to control their fear because they’re so emotionally overwhelmed.”
One way to change this is to stop making decisions about whether to be afraid or happy.
Instead, Ochsesner and Wieserman found that people with mood disorders like bipolar can focus more on their emotions and their thoughts.
This focus on their thoughts helps them regulate their fears and reduce the need to make decisions about how to feel.
Ochsisers research also showed that focusing on the thoughts and emotions of others was a way for people living in the manic or depressive phases to help control their feelings.
In the future, Ochesner hopes to investigate if this same approach can help people who are experiencing panic attacks.
He and his team plan to follow up on the results of their study in the coming months.
“One of the biggest challenges for people who have depression or anxiety is that it’s hard to get a diagnosis, and that’s especially true for people in the community,” says Och’s co-principal investigator, Jessica L. Stromberg.
“What we want to do is to get people with these two disorders into treatment and then see if we can help them regulate it.”
How does the treatment work?
The researchers used an electroencephalography (EEG) device that monitors brain activity.
This is a technology that can measure brain activity when a person is under stress.
The device has electrodes attached to a person’s scalp, and the electrodes are attached to the scalp.
The electrodes can be placed at different points in the scalp to capture the activity of the person’s brain.
When the researchers asked people to rate their fear, anxiety, or depression, the electrodes recorded brain activity on a monitor.
Then, the researchers measured the brain activity of people in their control group while they were wearing a mask.
“When the masks were on, we were able to measure the activity in the whole brain,” says Strom.
“That was really exciting.”
In the control group, the participants wore the masks for 20 minutes.
After the 20 minutes, they were told to wear a mask for a short period of time, during which they were asked to write down what they thought about the mask on a piece of paper.
The mask was removed and the participants were then asked to repeat the same activity tests over and over again.
This experiment was repeated with different people.
When people were told they were in a group that wore a mask and had a brief period of relaxation, they felt much less anxious, which is one of their main goals in the treatment.
When they were reminded that they had to wear the mask, they also felt much more anxious, and this was one of two changes they made to their behavior that improved their anxiety, the other being a change in how they handled their fears.
When asked to complete a test of anxiety, people in each group were shown an image of a bird with a beak.
The people in both groups who had the mask reported having a very strong sense of anxiety.
When presented with a bird, the people in control group