Bipolar disorder is a serious biological condition, and studies have shown it can lead to other serious health conditions like heart disease and stroke. The good news, however, is that this condition and its side effects are also highly treatable. On this webcast, a leading expert, Dr. Gary Sachs, joins host Andrew Schorr to discuss the risks that patients suffering bipolar disorder will face, and how best to overcome or counteract these risks. Dr. Gary Sachs is Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, as well as Director of the Bipolar Mood Disorder Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Sachs and Andrew go into detail about how to get help for bipolar and its related condition. Dr. Sachs differentiates it from normal fluctuations in mood. He also discusses important things to think about when your friend or family member is diagnosed. For instance, he explains the benefits of behavior therapy, family therapy or other therapy in conjunction with medications. Dr. Sachs also discusses a recent study showing that more bipolar patients die of other conditions, such as heart disease and obesity, than those in other populations. He explores what this study means for you or your loved one, and what steps you can take to ensure bipolar patients stay healthy.
People with bipolar disorder are at higher risk for heart disease, obesity, cancer, and stroke. Listen to this show find out why staying healthy is essential for bipolar patients, and concrete ways to deal with health and interpersonal problems even when you begin to feel irritable. Andrew Schorr tells us why advocating for better treatment from your doctor can not only improve your life, but how it can save your life.
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