In as much as Bipolar Disorder is thought to be a ‘disorder’ genetically and likely biologically or chemically, the answer leans to ‘no’.
No gen has been discovered yet that has the name ‘bipolar disorder’ written on it, let alone a way to cure it on that level. Neither do psychiatrist know how medications work, it seems that some do, for some people. But it is literally ‘practising’ medicine, by trial and error. Neuroscientists have an inkling why some meds work, but they continue to observe and research this issue.
Needless to say that our brain is a complicated mass (or mess?).
So if Bipolar or any other mental illness for that matter, originates there, will we ever find a cure?
Does that matter?
What, you say, are you out of your mind?! Of course it matters! I don’t want to live like this the rest of my life! Of course I want a cure!
Even though physically or physiologically a cure might not be found in our lifetime, does that mean we are condemned to an ‘out-of-control’ life? Do we always have to wait till the other shoe drops?
Or are there other ways we can actually get our disorder under control?
Instead of raising the subject of remission or recovery, I’d like to introduce to you a different point of view.
For example a jigsaw puzzle. When we start solving one, there is a lot of sorting to do. All the corner pieces separated from all others; fix the frame; the rest we might sort by color; or we just start filling in the frame piece by piece.
No matter which way we choose, in the very end the puzzle is solved and the picture is visible in all it’s glory. We have reduced the pile of pieces into a beautiful picture. In other words: what once was in disorder is now in order.
Would you allow me to suggest that there is a possibility to get our disorder in order?
To be continued!