Melatonin, blue light therapy, and bipolar disorder articles

Well, found some more great articles to share on blue light, melatonin and blue blocking:

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http://blog.sethroberts.net/category/mood-disorders/bipolar-disorder/

Bipolar Disorder: Good Results With Blue-Blocker Glasses

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 At the Shangri-La Diet forums, Anima writes:
I have been diagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar II disorder.  I am also a Non-24, a chronic circadian rhythm disorder where one’s body thinks a day is longer than 24 hours. . . .I’ve been using amber safety glasses (around $3 in the hunting section of the sporting goods store) for dark therapy.  I put them on 3 hours before I want to go to sleep.  They block blue light, allowing dark therapy without the dark.  I also wear an eye mask while I sleep.  The glasses make me look like a big weirdo, but they really work.  It’s easier to get to sleep, and they prevent hypomania (the milder form of mania that people with Bipolar II experience) better than any medication I have tried.  It makes sense that almost anyone could benefit from them, because our ancestors were not exposed to blue light after dark

this has some interesting stories, developments of blue light treatment of just the last 4 years!

Check out the entire article, its worth your time.

http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/bluelightandmelatonin.htm

In a March 2008 paper Figuerio came up with another interesting idea.  She proposed that gas stations and truck stops purposely use blue lighting to wake up drivers and reduce highway accidents.  She suggests that truckers take 30 minute ‘light baths’ during the night to keep alert while driving.  She is currently testing whether illuminating the interiors of truck cabs with blue LED lights is feasible.
It’s not just teenagers who have chronic sleep problems. Old people can have as much trouble sleeping at the correct time of day as teenagers.  Older patients tell me they can’t sleep through the night but must nap during the day.
Russell Foster at Imperial College London pointed out one possible explanation for this in a New Scientist interview,  “In old age, the lens and cornea of the eye start to yellow, which means the eye filters out the blue light needed to set their circadian rhythm.”
Certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, cause a loss of neurons in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the part of the brain that controls the circadian clock and sleep. As a result, the internal clock for those with Alzheimer’s may be off by several hours, leaving them too awake at night.
Thinking that this might be a sort of ‘use it or lose it’ scenario, a Dutch researcher tried stimulating the deteriorating brains of senile rats with light.   Eus van Someren from the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research in Amsterdam exposed old rats that had SCN cell deterioration and sleep disturbances to bright light and found their sleep patterns became healthy and the SCN neurons were reactivated.

Researchers have tried similar approaches with people. Ancoli-Israel et al in the American Journal of Geriatrics, 2002 reported a nursing home experiment.

Seventy-seven residents, average age of 86 were assigned to one of four treatments: evening bright light, morning bright light, daytime sleep restriction, or evening dim red light. In just ten days of treatment,  “… increasing exposure to morning bright light delayed the acrophase of the activity rhythm and made the circadian rhythm more robust.”

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Soft Bipolar Disorder Cyclothymia Issues: Living Against the Clock; Does Loss of Daily Rhythms Cause Obesity?

Living Against the Clock; Does Loss of Daily Rhythms Cause Obesity?

ScienceDaily (Aug. 28, 2012) — When Thomas Edison tested the first light bulb in 1879, he could never have imagined that his invention could one day contribute to a global obesity epidemic. Electric light allows us to work, rest and play at all hours of the day, and a paper published this week in Bioessays suggests that this might have serious consequences for our health and for our waistlines.

Daily or “circadian” rhythms including the sleep wake cycle, and rhythms in hormone release are controlled by a molecular clock that is present in every cell of the human body. This human clock has its own inbuilt, default rhythm of almost exactly 24 hours that allows it to stay finely tuned to the daily cycle generated by the rotation of Earth. This beautiful symmetry between the human clock and the daily cycle of Earth’s rotation is disrupted by exposure to artificial light cycles, and by irregular meal, work and sleep times. This mismatch between the natural circadian rhythms of our bodies and the environment is called “circadian desynchrony.”
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120829195119.htm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Fsleep_disorders+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Mind+%26+Brain+News+–+Sleep+Disorders%29

The Dysphoric mania of Bipolar l, and James Holmes

What Is Dysphoric Mania?

James HolmesTwo weeks before he killed 12 people and injured 58 during a midnight shooting rampage in a Colorado movie theater, James Holmes texted a classmate asking if she had heard of “dysphoric mania.” When she replied asking if it was something treatable, he replied, “It was,” and said she should stay away from him “because I am bad news.”

The New York Times article that broke this story says, “The psychiatric condition [dysphoric mania], a form of bipolar disorder, combines the frenetic energy of mania with the agitation, dark thoughts and in some cases paranoid delusions of major depression.” This description is vivid enough to give readers a glimpse of what might be going on in the mind of a person such as Holmes (we have to be careful about making psychiatric judgments based entirely on the observations of others). It’s a bit misleading, though. For one thing, agitation and paranoia can be symptoms of mania as well as depression.
Also, dysphoric mania isn’t a “form” of bipolar disorder. Rather, it’s a specific type of episode that has mixed features – one where mania symptoms are combined with depression symptoms like the social withdrawal described in the Times article. (See the last paragraph in part 1 of Bipolar Depression Symptoms, Social Withdrawal.)
One problem in understanding all this is the elusive definition of the term “dysphoria.” Dictionaries disagree, using terms from depression and discontent to anguish and agitation to simply “sadness.” At bottom, the definition changes depending on the context, and in this case, the dysphoria in “dysphoric mania” isn’t the same as the dysphoria in “dysphoric depression.”

for the rest of this article:

and more definitions of dysphoria

http://bipolar.about.com/b/2012/08/29/what-is-dysphoric-mania.htm?utm_term=bipolar+disorder&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Are cats naturally bipolar disorder or do they get bipolar disorder???????

Well, cats are certainly tricksters in the world, and can’t be fully known. That is their mystery. Whether or not they are bipolar, they certainly have moods…….  Well, people do ponder “is my cat bipolar disorder”. In fact, doing a Google search of that, you’ll find many people posing the question. But, pet experts then reply that incredible shifts in mood and energy is normal. The great cats, lions and tigers spend most time sleeping, but they hunt with intensity. Domesticated cats seem to do the same, resting then going crazy (or as one writer put it, “psychotic”). Some cats turn quit aggressive: I know, I have scars on my legs form Frankenstein’s claws, who most times is resting by my side.

The shifting in moods of cats is related to the survival of their species. While difficult for humans to accept, it us just their nature, and can’t be labelled all bad.
White tigers kill their handlers
House cats run crazy at times, OR OFTEN

Cute lions kill.

 

For bipolar disorder too, we should be asking: when is it nature that one has bipolar traits, and when is it too destructive?  Unfortunately, treatment is geared to remind bipolar persons that “all” mood traits are bad. I have a personal friend that his psychiatrist told him 10 years ago that his loud guffaws were a trait of his bipolar disorder. Since that time, my friend has restrained all laughter and feels guilty when he does laugh. Before, he brought loud and raucous laughter to times together. Give him three shots of  espresso to relieve his depression and then laugh together.

What the psychiatrist missed was:
a. knowing this person and knowing why he laughed so loud (he came from a religiously repressive background and found his laughter was one outlet of relief)
b. spontaneous and unprovoked laughter is s symptoms of too elevated mood, and is a symptom
c. this person was depressive, and dearly needed to laugh
d. laughter is therapeutic
e. bipolar’s do get on the edge of jokes, laughing, and the profane, but depressives and soft bipolars are “self-checking” in behaviors. 

Venus the Chimera cat became big news this week with viral videos and photos. Venus is a genetic chimera, meaning having distinct genetic cells and characteristics of two or more different “populations”. There are animal, plant, and rarely, human chimeras.

 

Take a look, and link to Venus the Chimera’s page:

https://www.facebook.com/VenusTheAmazingChimeraCat

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/25/chimera-cat_n_1826002.html#slide=1426183

 There exists symbolism and myth of having 2 or 3 joined personas. Here is a mythological chimera, with three distinct personalities in one. The Chimera is similar to the Sphinx, and in some myth gave birth to the Sphinx.